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 3/20/08 Ghetto temp. 41 F. and steady. Island tmp. 37 F. Yesterday's L/H: ?/? F. Current conditions: Complete cloud coverage, windy from the North, North West, 10 to 15 mph, gusting up to 20/25.
Today is the first day of Spring, as far as the Caretaker is concerned it could not have come too soon. For the most part, this past winter has been a wash, as far the Caretaker's rating of the snow this winter: crummy, the ice: crummy, opportunities for photography: crummy, winter overall: crummy. However, there is still hope for ice-out and the Spring bloom. The ice around the shoreline has begun to thin-out, when will ice-out proper begin? Who knows, but the Caretaker is certainly looking forward to it.
The Caretaker spent the afternoon breaking up and burning tree branches that came down during the storm of March 8th. If the Island was a Christmas tree farm, it would look like it had been blown up, there are piles of branches all over the place and pine needles everywhere. Most all of the branches are green so they don't burn very well, however, with the help of today's strong wind fanning the flames the Caretaker was quite successful at getting the branches to burn.
If all goes well tomorrow the Caretaker will finish cutting up what remains of the birch tree that fell over on to the ice. Other than that, not much else to report.