This post is an anachronism. Although it is dated to post on September 22, 2008, I wrote it on February 1, 2011, and back dated it. This is intended merely to fill in one of the remaining holes from the period when the hard drive crashed on my old computer.
These are the new steps leading up to the cabin porch on the east side. You can’t really appreciate the incline here from this angle, but the steps are a welcome addition. (This link into the future gives you an idea of how it was before.) And if you look at yesterday’s post (September 21, 2008) you can just see this slope before the sandstones steps were installed.
I knew I wanted to put steps here as soon as the cabin was finished, and I had found some slabs on sandstone deep in the forest that I had intended on using for the job. Of course, even with my superpowers, I couldn’t possibly lift them, much less move them a quarter mile and then place them. So I showed them to my dam builder (who was out to refurbish the dam and build some dam spillways), and he dismissed them, not liking their assorted sizes. He had some over at his place that were much more uniform, he told me, and that would be perfect for the job.
And so he did. These steps are gorgeous. They are different colors and textures, and — you can just see it in the bottom stone — that they have concavities that appeal to the eye (though not so much to the broom — sweeping porch steps is part of my St. Louis heritage).
I’ve created a path around the back of the cabin that comes up to the porch on the west side, and it is all one level, so a person would not have to climb the steps to get into the cabin. Still, I tred these steps every change I get.