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About those lights...(an apology) [Dec. 27th, 2005|05:56 pm]
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yurtmeister
As the manager for the MTTA Yurt, it's important to me that the Friends of the Yurt know that it was NOT my idea to remove the gas lamps from the Yurt, and it was done over my objections & without my participation. Read more...Collapse )
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going to the yurt to finish electrical light installation [Dec. 1st, 2005|02:45 am]
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edbook
I'm heading up to the yurt to install electrical lights (our plan is to get onto electric lights and off propane before the end of the weekend) and patch the floor inside the front door sometime early Thursday, (was planning to go sooner but not feeling up to it and some complications getting things ready and waiting for materials).

I don't know if you've heard the snow conditions... if you haven't, here's what I've heard

The web cam was down but Rick, found, Wednesday, that there was another wireless network interfering with ours so he changed the channel and it seems to be getting a good signal now. It looks like there has been a significant amount of snow but drifting so levels are misleading, deep and not-so. The forecasts have been for a couple feet, at least, but how our trails are affected is still a mystery. The roads were supposed to be plowed to the upper snopark (where the outhouse is located) in the North District and to the middle snopark in the South District. I heard from Jennifer Lyne, who was at Snow Bowl last weekend with Cathe Lynn to do some cleanup work there. She said that they left both Arctic Cats near the Alpina shed and marked them with the marker poles so they can be found. She said that one of the cats had been running rough but that Cathe Lynn (who's quite mechanically inclined) said that it seemed to run more smoothly later on. Jennifer said that she had to replace a belt on the other cat so that now, it has no spare. She also said that there is no tarp or shovel in one of the machines. She didn't relate the fuel levels or if/where there is more fuel. She gave me a good description of the lock/lockbox/kill switch system so I shouldn't have a problem getting it started.

I don't know the location/status of the LMC/Pisten Bully. If there is a machine in the South District, I'll do some grooming with it... I'll leave it up to Bob B. and will have to find out from him where the keys are and fuel/machine condition. I have lots of experience with both machines but haven't used the Gitzu grooming attachment on the Pisten Bully or Alpina yet so don't want to attempt grooming by experimentation with that attachment. I could groom with the Alpina or snowmobile using the Yellowstone roller groomer sized for those machines.

At any rate, I have to delay till Thursday early to go because I can't find any place here in Kitsap to buy a sno-park permit and will have to wait till the General Store in Ashford opens so I can get one. I'll be driving our 4WD Ford Explorer and have chains for all wheels so should be able to get to the SnoPark (hopefully-if the road got plowed) I'll pick up a DNR radio (monitoring common) and a couple batteries and FRS/GMRS radio (scan channels 7 no privacy & 18 no privacy--18 has a stronger signal but most folks use 7).

I'll try to contact Bob before I get onto the trails so he knows my wherebouts... He and Bob T. are planning to go to the yurt on Friday to work on the lighting and Tony plans to be on the system also this weekend. I'll come down to Ski Patrol training to make ski patroller photos for badges on Saturday unless Bob B. wants to do it instead. I'll check my email in Ashford when I pick up the radios so if you get this and have anything to tell before I get on the trail, I should get your message. Otherwise you'll have to relay through Bob B.

If the snow seems to be too much a challenge I'll consider discretion to be the better part of valor and won't attempt to fight it but will instead wait in the valley till there is someone to go along with me. (I'll be taking tools/supplies and a piece of plywood so will have to use either a snomobile with sled, Alpina, or LMC to go)

I'll try to relay the conditions to the valley and you when I can.

Peace
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into the light [Oct. 25th, 2005|11:39 pm]
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edbook


another on the way home.

Peace
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the rain arrived [Oct. 25th, 2005|11:19 pm]
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edbook


The rain held off till we were coming down the hill on our way home to Kitsap County.
Soon, this scene will be snowy with skiers and snowshoers...

Peace
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the Door and the solar panel [Oct. 25th, 2005|09:58 pm]
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edbook
a story and pictures... well, here are the pictures... (from last weekend)













participants: Jim & Kim, Delbert, Pat, Bill Y, and me

now, somebody tell the story...

Peace
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Yurt friends and volunteers [Oct. 19th, 2005|04:01 pm]
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edbook
Calling all Friends of the Yurt!

Volunteers will be replacing the main door to the Yurt this weekend (Oct. 22nd&23rd) with one that opens inward, as well as wrapping up loose chores to make the Yurt ready for the rapidly approaching ski season. If you can help, please contact Pat Gleason ( PGZyzz@cs.com ), Ed Book (edbook@wavecable.com ), or mtta@skimtta.com .
-ALSO-
The Yurt is looking for a donation of a quality futon/sofa for use by our guests. If you have one to donate, please contact any of the people above.

Peace
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The new door for the Yurt [Oct. 6th, 2005|09:27 pm]
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edbook


Today, the new door for the yurt arrived. (A long story that I just deleted) The crate fit in the back of the Explorer and might sit there till I go to the Yurt to unload it.

The door on the palette weighs about 190 pounds so it will take a couple folks to unload it.

This door will open in to allow the door to open after a big snow dump. This will allow easier egress (escape) in case of emergency.


Peace
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September 17 Yurt Workparty [Sep. 17th, 2005|10:37 pm]
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edbook
September Yurt workparty
Mount Tahoma Trails yurt workparty  ©2005 Ed Book   http://edbookphoto.com


Some of the folks who worked at the September Yurt Workparty... we got a lot of work done... Thanks to all who helped...

Peace
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Autumn at the Yurt [Sep. 26th, 2005|06:09 pm]
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edbook
Sunday afternoon, I walked out to the marshy yurt meadow and when I returned I made this exposure that I later made into a digital painting. Autumn has come to the Cascade Range with all the deciduous plants taking color for one last show before snow flies.

The Yurt in autumn - Mount Tahoma Trails (MTTA)  ©2005 Ed Book   http://edbookphoto.com


I was going to do some painting touch up but the temp never got beyond the upper fifties during the day with clear skies and frost overnight. The halfmoon rose over Griffin Mountain after midnight and hung in the sky most of the day...

We still have some small and large tasks to complete before the ski season starts and Pat and I will be spending some time up there when we can to finish... We would appreciate any help you friends of the yurt might be able to give.

Some projects to complete:
--replace the main door with one that opens inward-- the door and frame have been ordered and will be ready to install in a couple weeks.

--completion of the conversion to electric lights project with wiring inside the yurt and installation of the solar collector

--installation of a ceiling in the outhouse as well as a solar powered light inside.

--conversion of the basement into a comfortable lair for ski patrollers with insulation, paneling, and floor covering.

--we need a (good condition) futon for upstairs for sitting around watching the fire in comfort.


There are probably many other small tasks like painting the floor upstairs and and and
(yurtmeister Pat has them on his 3x8 cards. Let him or me know when you might be able to go up to help out.)

Peace
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Rainwater Collection System installation [Sep. 26th, 2005|05:28 pm]
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edbook
Mount Tahoma Trails (MTTA) Yurt rainwater collection system  ©2005 Ed Book   http://edbookphoto.com

On Saturday, Sept. 24, I took a bunch of PVC piping (some with a slit cut at home) to the yurt and spent the morning installing the new rainwater collection system to collect water from the mudroom roof for summer use. Bob Brown came up about noon to help which I and my sore shoulders appreciated. This water will have to be filtered and treated before consumption but will be a ready source of water for the dry summer. The first two views are details to show how water will run off the roof and will be directed into the PVC collection pipe.


Mount Tahoma Trails (MTTA) Yurt rainwater collection system  ©2005 Ed Book   http://edbookphoto.com




Mount Tahoma Trails (MTTA) Yurt rainwater collection system  ©2005 Ed Book   http://edbookphoto.com



Mount Tahoma Trails (MTTA) Yurt rainwater collection system  ©2005 Ed Book   http://edbookphoto.com



On Sunday, I moved some dirt and rocks and using some treated wood scraps from an old logging flume, built a platform to support one of the barrels.



Peace
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