We (brothers) made it out to the property this November. Anticipating cold weather the week leading up to it, we came prepared. We texted back and forth that prior week - local Craigslist ads - wood burning stove for sale in Carp, etc, etc. Then a big score came up on CL - a lightly used Suburban propane heater, for sale $100 obo! Todd jumped on it...big score that week! Needless to say we were stoked to get it installed that upcoming weekend before the night temp dropped into the 30's. A couple hour investment on our Saturday and we had the thermostat obeying our commands...68 degrees. The cozy photos of Shaw and Zion are direct proof of it. It may just be possible that our 8-legged friend in the video sensed the same coziness...maybe we'll find him inside on our next visit?
Sunday ended rather abruptly, unfortunately. We happily woke early to discover hot embers in the fire pit that Todd, naturally, re-ignited with ease. While enjoying the fresh oak fire that morning over tea and coffee we noticed clouds across the plains, about 40 miles out. Minute by minute they closed in on us, with a deep layer of blackness dragging behind (sorry, we weren't awake enough at this point to think of grabbing the camera to document). Our pleasant fire turned into a frenzy to pack up the tools from Saturdays projects before the storm hit. It's like we've done this before, 90 minutes later as the first drop his our heads the last bag was loaded into the truck - and the most gnarly dark sky wrapped us into the foothills.
That was our sign it was time to close up for the weekend. The entire drive back from the plains was rain, something us crazy Californians actually appreciate these days. Another productive day or two of projects at "the hideout".
Oh, I forgot to mention we had our first "dry" run of the percussion well-drill bit. We tested the capacity of the 2x4 tripod (as seen below) - it didn't go so well due to the unexpected lateral weight of the hoist line. So our genetic engineer minds took note and will be back with a solution, stay tuned.
A Family Site
A place where we can share our adventures in the Carrizo Plain