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 4/29/08 Lake Temp. 36 F. Ghetto temp. 49.5 F. and rising. Island tmp. 46 F. Yesterday's L/H: 49.5/50 F. Current conditions: Mostly clear, little to no wind.
The rain continued off and on through the previous night and into the early morning. Overcast for much of the day, eventually the clouds gave way to the Sun later in the afternoon. For much of the day there was a good North wind, blowing at around 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 20/25, perfect for burning, and so the Caretaker did so into the evening and through part of the night. Come dusk the wind let up for a while, it was a lovely quiet close to the day as the color and light leaked from the sky, draining West, making room for the East to fill with stars. The recent cold snap of dry air has mopped up all the haze and humidity creating a bright night sky of stars.
The weather report calls for temperatures to go below freezing tonight, thankfully the Lake has warmed up a bit so it most likely won't go below freezing here on the Island (due to radiant heat from the Lake), but it is supposed to be on the cold side tomorrow with wind, and cold again tomorrow night, below freezing again. It was a quick Spring, nice Summer, short but nice, and Autumn went so fast the Caretaker didn't even notice it. Looks like it is time to break out the Winter gear again. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Pole walking, also known as Nordic walking, by either name it is just walking with two walking sticks, however, Nordic walkers are usually those who take it to a different level. For example: Nordic walking marathon. Casual or extreme, however one chooses to practice it, the experts say it increases the effectiveness of one's workout by 40 to 60%.
Special thanks to both N. and C. for their information on the white flowering bush mentioned in yesterday's report. The bush is locally known as a Shad Bush, and the Shad-bloom is believed to occur when the Shad (a breed of fish) begin to run North on the Hudson to spawn.