The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Day 66


A stone homestead.  
I was impressed with the attention given to the placement of rocks selecting various colors and too the use of quartz to outline the door and edges.

Pretty neat.  

The inside was smooth plaster.

 Here you can see how thick the interior wall was and the use of tin cans to create a dead air space and provide insulation from the heat of summer and cold of winter.  You need that in the desert.

I couldn't figure out why the long pipe that ran the length of the room
 and extended this far to the outside.

This appeared to be just a single large room. A storage area?  
Maybe this was a trading post long ago.

Seen from a distance.  
It is perched on top of some low hills and had a grand view of the valley.


4 comments:

  1. Quite apart from the long protruding pipe there's a rather odd thing going on with the stone work. Walls are generally more solid if constructed with the largest stones at the base of the wall, gradually decreasing in size towards the top - here they've done everything "upside-down"! Not only more stable, but easier too, if you don't have to lift and place the largest rocks up high. And the largest squarest blocks are generally reserved for the corners of building - here by using quartz to pick out the outline they have used the worst building stone available for the most important structural task. I guess the desert sun does strange things to people's brains.

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  2. How about a flagpole. Nice try for a little cabin with the material at hand.

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  3. Someone really did his best to build a nice house.

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