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 4/18/08 Lake Temp. 42.5F. Ghetto temp. 59.5 F. and steady. Island tmp. 60.5 F. Yesterday's L/H: 40/72 F. Current conditions: Little to no wind, mostly clear night.
There was wind from the East today, about 10 miles per hour or so, this is probably the first decent wind all week. At the time the Caretaker wanted to have his shower the wind was still coming down from the Narrows, this would have blown a cool wind up his towel, which would have been less than welcome. So, deciding to take advantage of the relative portability of his outdoor shower set up the Caretaker moved his shower to the South end of the Island in the lee of the wind. This evening's shower provided the Caretaker with a nice view of the valley between Buck Mt. and Pilot Knob. The slow coloring up of the Eastern sky at Sunset was rather pleasant to watch from under the stream of Sun heated hot water.
At night the Caretaker heard a few boats out racing around on the Lake, the Caretaker thinks these people are crazy, there is still quite a bit of stuff floating around in the Lake, tree branches, logs, tree trunks, you name it. When the ice is up whatever falls onto it usually stays there until the Lake opens up and then it floats around in the Lake for a while. With the general absence of wind since ice-out much of what is floating around is still doing so. Because of this, racing around in a powerboat in the day time is not all that wise, to do so at night is just plain stupid, then again, these people might be outlanders and so they are just ignorant, hopefully for their sake they won't get wise the hard way.