South Portico Work and Pleasure
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Summer Work and Pleasure
July 19th, 2007
Six wall panels, created from raised mouldings, adorn one side of the basement hallway. The center panel is slightly thinner than the two matching end panels. It is designed to give a sense of rhythm to the entire composition. Kim artfully installed these panels and several more on adjoining walls. The upper and lower panels are separated by a long length of chair rail set about 3 feet above the floor.

The south portico balcony starts to take shape on a beautiful July day. Unfortunately Kevin had to pull down all of the joists pictured below. Every beam had to be covered first with a waterproof membrane and then reinstalled.

Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations
Wall Trim
Raised trim adorns the basement hall walls.
Kevin cuts and installs joists for the south portico balcony.
Column Cutting
Rich and Kim meticulously cut a tapered Greek column.
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South Portico
Overhead beams are boxed to match the column width at the top.
The south portico floor is covered with an industrial strength, fiberglass grate we purchased from GrateDex. It is secured to the joists below with stainless steel fasteners. Eventually we will cover it with outdoor porcelain tile that is designed to look like rough cut shale. All of the decks and balconies use the same flooring system.

Note how the overhead beams are boxed in. Eventually the south portico will have a coffered ceiling with ten individual coffers. The tile floor pattern will reflect the coffered ceiling design while adding to it.

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Beams are boxed in wood and individual coffers are finished in white.
Column Legs
Five remnants of columns damaged in transport will be used as supports for a work bench and a clothes folding table.
July 27th, 2007
A warm and unusually humid day. By 10:30 AM I was two miles from the trail head, soaked with sweat and surrounded by a dense, Douglas Fir forest. Fresh bear scats littered the winding path. I nervously fingered my can of pepper spray expecting to see a mom and her cubs around every twist in the trail. Around noon the trees thinned to reveal a 500 foot tall glacial cirque that the trail precariously traversed. I stopped at the top, ate lunch and snapped the above photo of Mount Sepulcher; my hoped for destination for tea time in the afternoon.
Mount Sepulcher in Yellowstone National Park.

North Face
Massive cliffs crown the northern face of Mount Sepulcher.
Electric Peak
Electric Peak looms above the trees and through the warm, humid air.
Tortured rock formations and deadly chasms mark the top of Mount Sepulcher.
I trudged over an open plain and then was thrust into a deep, dark and damp forest once again. The trail clung to a narrow, knife edge ridge. On one side the trees were green; on the other they were burned dead from the 1988 fires. Eventually the trees grew shorter as I climbed higher. The trail was now so steep that I had to step up it sidewise while carefully holding on to shrubs for support. Soon I came around to the mountain's north side and saw a series of massive cliffs that towered above me and the tall firs that dotted its face. An hour later I struggled to the top; relaxed in the cool sunlight and delighted myself myself with tea and cookies.

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.
Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)
Gently sloping, mountain meadows, grace the south side of Mount Sepulcher.
Fir Forest
Dense, Douglas Fir forests, are centuries old and surround the base of Mount Sepulcher.
July 28th, 2007
Kim works long hours in the cool basement while the mercury rises towards 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside. A custom work bench takes shape inside the workshop. Trim work including bath tub safety rails help to move the basement bath room towards completion. In the laundry room Kim used a few column scraps and built a beautiful clothes folding table. Eventually it will sport a Palladian tile top that will compliment the floor in the entry foyer.
Work Bench
Kim starts to construct a wood work bench for the basement workshop.
Safety Rails
Beautifully finished bath grab bars are securely anchored to internal 2x4 frame members that were installed last winter.
Greek fluted columns support a spacious clothes folding table in the basement laundry room.
August 2nd, 2007
Kevin Marks of Yellowstone Masonry installed over 3,000 pounds of stone fireplace surrounds in the new house. One adorns the living room and will provide pleasant, wood burning company, on cold winter days. The other was placed in the Master Bedroom where it surrounds a more subdued and romantic, gas flame fireplace. Kevin, inspired by the Greek and Roman architecture surrounding him, created a gently curving stone arch with a custom keystone above the firebox.

Wood is the only fuel that heats you twice; once when you cut it and again when you burn it.
Hentry David Thoreau
The wood burning living room fireplace gains a stone surround, hearth and mantle.
Lake Lodge
Kevin Marks of Yellowstone Masonry poses next to his latest work of art.
A view of the front yard through the living room window. We need to plant some grass and get a lawn started...
Well Drilling
Hillman Drilling sets up their rig in the side yard.
We depend upon a well and getting adequate water was always a problem. The property originally came with two wells. One was 600 feet deep and yielded 1 gallon a minute while the other was 300 feet deep and yielded only 1/2 gallon a minute. Last fall we installed a 1,750 gallon cistern which worked surprisingly well. However I often drained it by just watering the 88 newly planted Colorado Blue Spruce trees.

Vince Hillman and his associate Tim parked their rig in the side yard where Dean Petty of Water Locators, LLC accurately predicted we would hit water. A mere 100 feet later Vince and Tim tapped into a 10 gallons a minute vein of crystal clear, cold and fresh, mountain water.

Call Vince Hillman of Hillman Drilling at (406)586-0929, cell at (406)223-2081 or write to him at:
P O Box 1855
Livingston, MT 59047
Hillman Drilling
Vince and Tim of Hillman Drilling finished our 10 gallon a minute well in less than 24 hours.
The Colorado Blue Spruce trees are growing like weeds and love the new well.
August 4th, 2007 - A pleasant hike takes an unpleasant turn
I finished my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while relaxing in the warm sun on the banks of Obsidian Creek in Yellowstone National Park. The afternoon was warm and pleasant; I planned to hike a few miles towards the distant Gallitan mountains on the Bighorn Pass Trail. The sky was bright blue and clear as I picked my way through a dense stand of partially fire ravaged lodgepole pine trees. Soon the trail opened into a broad glacial plain dotted with sagebrush, low rolling hills and a winding stream. I forded the shallow stream and walked leisurely for a few miles more along the banks of Panther Creek.
The Gallitan range rises from a hilly glacial plain.
Panther Creek
A gently flowing Panther Creek descends from the surrounding mountains and flows into a wide, rolling glacial plain.
Glaciel Plain
The glacial plain is dotted with sagebrush and the occasional trail post and marker.
Afternoon clouds start to build over the glacial plain.
I rested along Panther Creek and even caught a quick nap in the warm sun. Upon awakening I noticed that afternoon clouds were building over the valley. I picked up my pack and headed back towards my Jeep, about 4 miles away. Gradually the sky darkened and the wind started to pick up. I pulled on a Gore-Tex jacket and trudged onward. Cold drops of rain started to pelt me but I was warm and dry. Suddenly a loud whoosh startled me from behind. I turned around quickly enough to see a fire killed 50 foot pine smack the ground about 150 feet behind me. What a rarity I thought. How often does one actually get to see a tree fall in the forest? A little unsettled I continued down the path. Within a few minutes I could hear trees coming down all around me as I desperately searched for a safe clearing to take refuge in. Both live and dead trees up to 16 inches in diameter snapped like toothpicks in the hurricane strength winds. Fortunately I quickly came upon my Jeep, parked in a clearing, and found safety there.
Fallen Tree
50 feet tall, 16 inches in diameter, maybe 100 years old and snapped like a toothpick by the hurricane force winds.
Uprooted Tree
A vicious storm uproots and snaps lodge pole pines.
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