7AM and they are at it again - heavy-duty helicopters dropping wood chips/slivers on the worst or most probable spots on the mountainsides for flash flooding and mudslides. The hope is that the chips will become tangled together during the fall to make a mulch bed for seeds and seedlings and help stabilize the ground/soil. Sounds good, I hope it works.
They started west of us over the hill from the mudslide area, big semi's loaded with the wood chips and 2 helicopters doing the flying, then they moved to just east of us, set-up their chip piles and started flying in the Mineral Springs Gorge area.
|A helicopter with his load flying over the river|
|Flying across the Poudre River|
|Here you can see the wood chip piles (2), they use |
a backhoe to load the mesh "bags" then hook them to the
release cable so one end of the "bag" drops and the chips
|I try to defrost just prior to a shop-up. You can see|
the fins up at the top that get iced-up. We added a fan to help
more uniformly cool the entire fridge. The fan is
alligator-clipped to the fins and works great.
Another thing I worked on was making chicken and black beans burritos, 4 in all, one to eat and 3 to freeze. I'm starting to think about how we're going to get all this food eaten up prior to leaving - it looks like so-o-o much, (it's a good thing we eat everyday, lol).
After this delish breakfast settled, we packed up sandwiches and headed over to Dadd Gulch, one of my favorite trails. Not very challenging but great for a meander and picnic.
|It was a breezy day so a walking stick to hold the flowers still |
was called for in this instance.