One of the mornings at the cabin we tried some simple baking. The nights were chilly and just after sundown I would stoke up the wood stove. Unlike our winter stays I did not need to continue to stoke it all night long, the night time temps were in the upper 20’s so by morning a chill had settled back into the cabin. With the morning stoke I could do some simple cooking, and heat the water for coffee, with out having to fire up the gas stove. By the time I had finished up my second cup of Joe, French press with chemicals (Chemicals are our house name for “French Vanilla creamer”) the cabin was toasty. With out a fire the cabin would still get warm due to the the sun being up and warming the interior via our passive solar design.
Our baking experiment consisted of chocolate chi muffins baked in the dutchy. I used the digital infrared Temp gun to ball park the start conditions, we were a little cooler than the “package” recommendations, but the results were still plenty edible.
Tuesday morning I got started with finishing up the last of the electrical work, I got the 120 V receps installed, the last 12 Volt LED installed and I swapped out the 1000 watt inverter with the 2500 watt inverter. The last of the electrical allowed me to finish up the insulation and start the south walls ‘s T & G. With the new inverter installed I got to use the chop saw run via Solar Power…a first at Moontree Ranch.
I got to the top of the picture window and dining window before running out of wood. With the chop saw in action I knocked out the interior trim on the west window. This was done in cedar, and looks good with the blue stain.
The highlight of the day for the girls was the target shooting. Last fall when my mom and dad came out for a visit, my dad gave me a .22 rifle with a 4x scope. Tasha had enjoyed the archery in hers school’s PE class and this Rifle work was the next step. We started out with paper plates at about 100 yards, but the girls were having a little trouble keeping on the target. Later we switched to about 50-60 yards , and used some ready made pistol targets. After I sighted in the scope for that range they were getting pretty good results. It was a hoot the see them having so much fun. It will take some time to work up to larger calibers and with the pistols but I think they had a great start.
We also got in a bit of hike on Wednesday, a loop over to the main road in…a bit along the old Chili Line (old time RR grade) over some rock outcroppings on Gil’s land to the west of us and then back into our land via the SW corner.
The trees seen to the right of Sierra in the mid-horizon are on our land as we head up from the SW corner.