Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fire on the Mountain

There has been over six feet on snow this season on the mountain in Vermont where we are building.

Since I last wrote, we have made a trip up and checked on the activity.

The electric is done and the plumbing is coming along. We ordered a couple of showers for the baths and talked about locations for appliances and fixtures.

The radiant heat is going in now. The house is completely insulated - in some places it's fiberglass and some places - sprayed on - foam insulation, kind of like the stuff that comes in a can.

The boiler is supposed to be in on Thursday and we could have heat in by the weekend.

The house will need a week to warm up enough to start hanging sheet rock. Once it is up, hung and dried then my brother-in-laws (3) have agreed to make the trip and help me prime and paint the place.

There is light at the end of the tunnel.

While I was there, I went on a short snow mobile trip on the VAST trails (Vermont Association of Snow Travelers). It is a huge interconnecting system of snow mobile "highways" that cross private and public lands. It really is remarkable.

I went out right after a snowstorm and there was at least 8 inches of powder on top of about 4 feet of snow. The trees formed a cathedral over the trail everywhere I went. Everything in the backwoods glistened and sparkled.

We are fortunate that one of the VAST trails passes within a quarter mile of our camp.

After Sunday's ride, I suspect that we will have a snowmobile or two at our disposal once we are there fulltime.

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