December 6, 2015.
The past couple of weeks have seen more rain, but also some interesting developments. We had a visit by a delegation of folk from the Quarries Eco Village (off Schuyler Road just north of the stone company) arranged by Martin Schulman. Among the visitors was Fred Oesch, an eco-architect (if there is such a thing) with whom we became re-acquainted, having met him many years ago when we first came to Schuyler. As a result, we have commissioned Fred to draft a design for the adaptive reuse of the Quonset building as our administrative center, display area, gift shop, and classroom space, as well as storage for Henry the Model T and whatever other transportation devices we may add. We hope to get a design finalized during the winter so that we can start construction next spring.
Also, despite the rain, Frankie Graves was able to complete widening of the entrance road, installation of three new drainage pipes, and removal of several large rocks from the roadway bed around the site; Charles and Dean and Allen began construction of Bridge #1 in the Quonset building (it will be moved into place when completed); and Fuzzy’s crew finished installation of stone stairways at points on the walking path so that now most anyone ambulatory can navigate the site if they can negotiate a few steps.
With winter fast approaching, it’s not likely that there will be much construction or planting news during the next couple of months, so I decided to give you a photographic tour of highlights of the entire walking path, from the entrance through the parking lot down to the overlook and all the way around the quarries—a distance I noted this morning to be just about exactly one mile. So here we go: