Saturday, November 8th, 2008, 12:15 am
Today Rick and I went up to the lake house to shore up the rock wall along the edge of the water. Well, where the edge of the water would be if the lake hadn’t been lowered about 10 feet last month. I’ve never been up there with the water down and it’s quite a change of scenery. Here’s a picture from July:
And a picture from this afternoon:
Note the wheel on the boat lift in both pics. Not the best way to compare but it gives you some idea of how low the lake is. This picture might help as well:
Everything to the left of the rock wall is usually underwater. Right now it ain’t. And so Rick and I wandered around the lunar landscape of the exposed lake bottom (if the lunar landscape was dotted with ossified tree stumps) and hauled heavy rocks up the shoreline to reinforce the rock wall. We were angling the rocks against the wall so that when boats roar by and kick up a wake, most of the waves are deflected before they hit the wall itself. Those of you quick on the uptake are thinking, “So, you were building a wall to protect the wall?”. That is correct. At times today I found myself placing smaller rocks in front of the big rocks I’d placed to protect the wall, and quickly realized that if I didn’t stop that I would eventually cover the entire Earth with irregular concentric rock walls, each protecting the wall within.
Or, maybe not. Because those rocks were heavy. It only took us a couple of hours and a good thing too, because a couple of hours more would’ve been a real drag. Still, it was a gorgeous day, and spending it outdoors moving a few tons of stone twenty strategic yards wasn’t too bad. Would’ve been more fun bombing around the lake on the jet ski, but dragging it down to the water would’ve left marks on the hull.
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