Someone took this picture of Carl and I right after the June garden walk, the dome is just about done tarnishing by this time.
|Where's our next crisis? We shouldn't have time to be just standing around. 2004|
|Behind the Quarry...Joel, age 18 on tractor; David age 14 helping get a rock off the bucket. Teddy Dog in foreground.|
|More dirt, more rocks, more work.|
|Joel and Carl|
|New rocks sorted roughly by size, July 2004. Picture taken from windmill tower.|
Carl had told C we wanted some very big rocks in these next six loads and wow, we got 'em...one of the rocks was so big it would not fit in the box of the dump truck. When the truck pulled into our lane, the biggest rock was perched on top of the sides of the truck. "Don't say I didn't get you big rocks this time!" C teased.
I went out and looked at the size of some of these new rocks and was intimidated. We tried to move the biggest one, but the wrecker was not capable of lifting the 10,000 pounds that Carl estimated it weighed. When we had rocks that were too big to handle with our small equipment, we would take chisels and hammers and split the rocks along their natural fault-lines or even split them against the grain to sizes we could deal with.
The biggest stone we had on this last load was one Carl did not want to break down into smaller pieces; he wanted it for a focal point. In order to be able to move the big rock from the field to the site, we decided to simply take the top seven inches off the rock in one nice, neat slab. In the picture below, Joel and Dave are working on putting chisels all the way around the stone, tapping them in a little at a time. You don't want to rush this job, because then the rock may split the opposite way...we were lucky with this one, it came off in one piece.
|If you look closely, you can see the chisels sticking out all the way around the stone, about six inches down. Dave & Joel, July 2004|
After we had it split, we hooked the top quarter to the wrecker and hauled it up to waterfall hill and then went back for the rest of the rock. Even with a good 2000 pounds off the top, the rock still weighed more than the 574 could pull with chains; the tractor's tires would only spin as the load was too heavy.
So, our next idea was to hook our two tractors up to the rock together. Joel was on the 574, pulling the rock, and I was on the Super H, pushing it from behind. We had to coordinate our forward speeds very closely, or neither of us could do a thing. If I pushed before he was pulling, we both just sat and spun our wheels.
|Joel, on tractor, and Carl, putting the rock back together, this is the start of the north side of the Waterfall hill. July 2004.|
We continued building the hill with the new rock and finally finished up with the north side of the waterfall hill. By now, it was September 2004. This is where the story is out of sequence........you'll have to flashback to my earlier post about the windmill, Part 12, because on Labor Day, September 2004, we put the windmill head up.
|Rerun picture of Aermotor installation, September 2004. (see Part 12)|
|There we are: Joel, Dave (looking terrified that another huge rock will come catapulting down the hill to kill us all) and me, hiding behind David, at Rock in the House, September 2004|
Dave wasn't really a big fan of our vacations.........I wonder why? (Poor kid.) Oh, we did see other things besides rocks....there was Devil's Lake State Park, uh...ok, there's rocks there too, and of course we toured through many cemeteries, looking at polished rocks..........uh.....ok...never mind.
After we got back from vacation it was mid-September and time to get cracking again. We were done with the north side of the quarry, but now we had a bunch of rocks left over. Can't let good rocks go to waste. Hmmmmmmmmm.... but what could we do next?
Time to CAC.......Create A Crisis. Here we go again. I decided I didn't like the barn where it was sitting. Yes, we had moved the barn once already to get it out of the way of the Quarry construction. But where the barn was placed now was causing problems with photography, it seemed as if every picture taken from whatever angle had the barn in it. We had two more wedding parties come for pictures in 2004, and no matter where they stood, the barn was in the picture.
|Joel's Aerial Windmill View 2004|
|Panoramic picture, July 2004|
|Rerun picture from 2001 when we moved the barn the first time. Same trailer, same people, same dumb job.|
We jacked the barn up off it's concrete slab foundation, stuffed the trailer under it and hauled it out backward. Then we picked up all the broken concrete slabs and moved them to the new location, over by the windmill. After the makeshift foundation was in place, we towed the barn to its next new home. (The poor barn was destined to remain there for a few years, until we moved it yet AGAIN in 2009. More on that to come...suffice it to say, Joel is not a fan of my barn-moving requests.)
Here is the barn before the move:
And below, is how it looked after the move.
Though it is hard to see, the barn in it's new setting is near the middle of the right-hand side of the picture above.
|Aerial shot, November 2004--barn gone and start of the escarpment on right.|
And here is the start of the Next Thing.......the Escarpment:
Now that the barn was gone, we were free to put in the next part of the garden...what we call the Escarpment, which is basically just a free-standing stone formation. We thought it would tie into the Quarry and make it look more natural; plus we had so many nice stones leftover. At least we thought we did....
We got about this far, as seen in the picture above, before we realized we were running out of stone once again! I ever so cautiously called C, gee, this was twice in one year.....and asked him if he could maybe, sort of, um, please? get us some more rock? Loading stone this size is not easy on anyone's equipment and even though his machinery was more than big enough to handle the job, the stone wears out teeth on buckets really fast, too. (He is such a good sport.)
Luckily for us, he wasn't too busy and agreed to go to the quarry again. This time, C hired a rock hauling semi-tractor trailer to bring in the stone. Oh, what a difference it was seeing this rock come in!
|We've hit the big time now, it's a semi!! November 2004|
|The nice big semi brought us six more loads|
Joel stayed home from school that morning just to see the first load tipped out of the truck. The earth definitely moved again.
|Heads up! Rockslide!|
|In this picture, you can see the box much better...this is what is known as a 'rock box'...the bottom is reinforced and the side are rounded so rocks come out more easily without getting wedged in the truck.|
|Carl, age 46, outstanding on one of the six piles of new rock. November 2004|
Once again, while the guys were at work and school, I was out in the field, sorting stones by size into pallets and tossing the smaller stuff into the trailer. I had no need for extra exercise while doing this sort of work; though I have never been thin, there's something about throwing rocks around all day that builds muscle. (I need to get back to throwing rocks!) When Carl and Joel came home from work and school, we went back to work placing stone for the Escarpment.
|Late November 2004. As far as we would get with the Escarpment.|
Finally, the weather started turning colder again, it was late November and time to quit for the season once more.
Time to head into the house and get ready for Christmas 2004.
Stay tuned for what happened in 2005.