One Caretaker's story of living (mostly) in solitude on a private Island on Lake George in Upstate New York, as told through daily photographs and musings/ramblings (well, daily in the winter; every four days or so in the Summer and mostly just photos in the Summer).
A Very Brief Glossary: GHETTO--Name for the cabin that the Caretaker lives in, a single story structure, about 220 square feet/20.44 square meters.
Living Conditions: End of October to early May, no running water, Island population: 1. Early May to end of October, running water, Island population: ranges from 1 to 20 or so.
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The Caretaker's Concern 2/6/08 Ghetto temp. 39 F. and steady. Island tmp. 30 F. Yesterday's L/H: 38/32 F. Current conditions: Complete cloud coverage, wind mixed from the East and North, out of the Narrows and the NorthWest Bay, 15 to 20 mph, gusting to 25/35.
The wind never gave up the entire night and into this morning. When the Caretaker emerged from the Ghetto for the first time today he was greeted by the sight of a snow covered Island peppered with green pine needles. While out and about, a number of branches were noticed to have come down from the trees--mostly white pine. During the night the Caretaker heard an occasional crash upon the roof of the Ghetto, his assumption was that it was a result of limbs being brought down due to the high winds. Thus he was not all too surprised to see a few crooked tree limbs splayed out awkwardly on the Island--their dark black bark in deep contrast to the white snow. Next time the wind blows from the South the Caretaker will have himself a good burn-off.
The winds of late have worn away more of the ice, the distance between the Island and open water is now down to 50 yards or so. If this keeps up the Caretaker will be able to go canoeing without the need for ski poles. Overall, last night, not a good time to be squirrel.