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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Caretaker's Concern for 5/12/2010

TCC for 5/12/10

"New" 2007 post follows below.

The Caretaker is officially on hiatus from his blog until at least the end of this week but most likely through the end of next week. However, he will still have the e-mails from 2007 posted every night at 9 p.m. EST, they will be going out via the automated system. If the Caretaker happens to take some photos and has the time to post them he will do so. For those readers who have relied on the Caretaker's notifications of new posts via Facebook, while he is on hiatus from his blog he will not be sending out notifications via Facebook for the automated posts from 2007. If you'd like, you can sign up for e-mail notifications by entering your e-mail address at left, it is titled: "To receive E-mail notification of new posts:" It is just below the Caretaker's brief profile.

Before there was the blog the Caretaker sent out posts via e-mail, the following is from the Caretaker's second winter on the Island:

Island Ice Report for 2/28/07:

Outside temp: 20 F
Ghetto temp: 55 F
Wind: East, 15 - 20 mph
Sky: mostly clear, some clouds
Precipitation: none

The Caretaker went on another field trip today. He was up at 3:00 am and on the ice by 3:50 am. He skied over to the East shore by the light of the moon, then the moon set and his headlamp came out. He made his way up through the narrows skiing the Lake all the way to Black Mountain Point by 6:45 am. He then started up the mountain. When the Caretaker set out on the trail it was unexpectedly easy going because a snowmobile had taken the trail and packed down the snow quite well. Skiing without climbing skins was only feasible for a few hundred yards, however, because of the packed snow from the snowmobile the Caretaker did not need to put on his snowshoes, this however was only the case for the first one and three quarter miles of the trip up. For the remaining mile up Black Mt. the Caretaker needed his gaiters and snowshoes, it was untouched snow for the rest of the way up the mountain. For the most part there was only one really dodgy part, but the Caretaker used his super powers of care-taking to take care that he didn't fall and so all went well. Up top was a nice sunny day with little to no wind, the Caretaker made it to the top at around 11:00 am, he headed back down the mountain at around 11: 45 am. The trip down Black Mt. was much quicker than the trip up, for the first mile down in his snow shoes went pretty quick because he wasn't fighting gravity, the last one and three quarter miles went even faster because the Caretaker strapped his snowshoes to his pack, stowed his ski poles, put his skis under his arm and then hopped in his sled and sledded the rest of the way down Black Mt. There were a few level spots where he had to walk but for the most part it was down hill all the way, overall not as much fun as you might think but it sure does get you down the mountain quick as can be. After the Caretaker made it to the shoreline he skied the East shore trail South until just north of the mouth of the Narrows where he then had to go on to the Lake, after passing out of the Narrows the wind picked up from the East which put the wind at his back which certainly helped with his glide on the snow, and on the bare ice he needed do nothing but keep his legs tense and let the wind do all of the work. There were the occasional near falls when he would catch an edge, the ice is far from smooth, but the helpful wind was much appreciated. The Caretaker returned to the Island by 4:30 pm. Now the Caretaker is waiting for the Ghetto to heat up a little bit more so he can take a nice hot shower with a whole 5 gallons! Then the Caretaker is going to get things ready for tomorrow's field trip, if he goes on it, and then go to sleep.

--The Caretaker

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