Lovely, isn’t it? This is a bit of limestone I harvested from the south spillway. I had intended this to be my third stepping stone across the ephemeral pond, but that whole idea needs some rethinking.
Instead I decided to transport this chunk o’ limestone to the wall I’m building behind the cabin. That’s no small feat for someone of my limited equipment and motivation, but I thought I ought to try, so I did.
The dam is supposed to be 200 feet across, which I’ll take as correct. Based on that, I had to move this rock about 500 feet from its resting place to the wall. Fortunately, I had brought the two-wheeler on this trip to the woods, and that made all the difference.
You see it above atop the dam. It was a slog getting the slab up the spillway to this point, but it was a comparative walk in the park across the dam.
It’s hard to tell from this photo, but there’s a hill behind that rock. I stopped at this point, having just finished crossing the dam, and took this photo. For some reason I thought a great deal about Sisyphus while I took a little break here. But I persevered and lugged the two-wheeler with its load up the hill. At one point we even leashed Flike to it, and he helped me pull. I think he made a difference, but he was an erratic force, helping and hindering in equal measure. He was willing, but he was unfocused. But I managed to get the rock to the spot behind the cabin where the wall is rising.
Here is the rock in place. Sorry about the washed out look of this photo, but I was more or less shooting into the sun. Notice how far away from the cabin I’ve built my firebreak wall. I hope it makes a difference when the time comes. (Should the time come.)
Here’s an end view of this part of the wall. (I’m working on three separate sections.) The cabin is to the right, and the newest stone is on the far end. Yes, there’s a tree directly in the path of the wall. I don’t know what the engineer was thinking when he put the wall on this line, but he clearly has rocks in his head.
What’s especially worth noting in that last photo is the leaf litter. Notice how there are plenty leaves on the left side of the wall and comparatively few on the right (cabin) side. That suggests to me that my plan is working in two ways. Not only will the wall slow or stop a fire moving in from the left, but it is depriving the right side of having fuel for the fire to continue. I’ve seen this phenomenon beside fallen trees in my forest all over the place. Generally the leaves collect on the uphill side of the log, and uphill in this photo is the left side.
So every time I visit my forest I try to add a couple of rocks to my wall. I suppose I’m nearly a quarter of the way finished, though I’ll probably want to do some chinking and supplementing for a long time to ensure I have a sturdy barrier.