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 4/16/08 Lake Temp. 40.5F. Ghetto temp. 59 F. and dropping. Island tmp. 54 F. Yesterday's L/H: 35/58 F. Current conditions: Mostly clear, little to no wind.
The Sunrises of late have been rather colorful, there must be an increase of particulate pollution in the atmosphere, which could just be pollen, but it is probably a bit too early in the season for that, more likely it is from what we humans belch into the atmosphere.
Today's photo is of the Caretaker's new outdoor shower arrangement, he slapped it together in no time, and it shows, but it works, and best of all it is mobile. When he gets the time the Caretaker will work on improvements for his outdoor shower, but for now what he has will suffice. Now that the air temperature is much warmer, the Caretaker is able to shower outside in general comfort. He could have set up his shower system in the outdoor shower stall, but why bother? There are very few people on the Lake these days, and the Caretaker doesn't care if they see him taking a shower. Besides, you can't beat the view, a hot shower while looking up the Narrows of Lake George, does it get any better than that?
The Caretaker has also stopped using his portable propane hot water heater to heat the water for his shower. He is now using his sun-shower as it was intended by filling it in the morning and leaving it out in the Sun to warm throughout the day. However he won't be putting his water heater away until after the water comes back on, chances are not everyday between now and then will be sunny, and the Caretaker will still want a hot shower, so when he can't heat his water via the Sun he will use his water heater. One of the Caretaker's goals for this Summer is to live as Green as possible, by relying mostly on his sun-shower he has started down the Green Brick Road.