Oh ya, that would be me....Lots of excuses, health issues, mild winter, etc.etc.
The long and short of it I just forgot. The well is at the far end of our bottom land and with snow and ice I have to walk the tools in. Usually takes about 40 minutes, lots of slip sliding involved. In a normal winter I trudge down about once a month to put some Methyl-Alcohol in at the well head to keep moisture from freezing up in the several thousand feet of lines, transitions, valves etc. Trouble only starts in the single digits and below for the most part. Yep, we got that and hasn't been serviced at all this "winter" I talked my wife into coming with me to keep guard against coyotes (neighbor said he saw eight in broad daylight yesterday just 2 farms west of us) So gathered up the tools, 2 dogs, a gun each and started out. Cold but beautiful so took some photos along the way.
Looking across field behind big barn where trail head
starting down the trail
around the first corner
starting to slope some, even Jeepers is cautious of the glaze under the snow
still working downhill
finally bottom along creek
first creek crossing
2nd creek crossing
clearing ahead !
The "fancy offender"
we won't tell OSHA that my bibs under the coat are not FR rated (but boy are they warm)
Boy oh boy are these aluminum pipe-wrenchs soo much nicer than lugging the big steel ones were on past trips.
Got the well taken care of buttoned back up and started back, decided to take a short side jaunt to our water-fall cavern
This is what is left of the keyhole that we used to have to crawl though to get into the water fall area, the ground shifted a few years back and gave us a nice stand up path.
Here is my wife Charlene all buried in one of my Carhart work coats coming though the gap
a real interesting rock that shows how the water works down though the sandstone before eventually the freeze and thaw breaks them off. This one wasn't here last spring when I was last down here (remember I lost eye sight Memorial Day weekend, so wasn't down here until now)
just inside the cavern about a foot of leaves that Wrangler thought was perfect for a little nap !
we decided it was too icy to work up to the other cavern where another creek from our east side drops about 35 feet and makes a nice little water fall
These bibs are toasty warm (coon-hunters catalog or online) I've never had any this warm in the past We both had them on under our coats and I had to shed my coat about half way back, until got back in the fields and wind.
PS: house is up to 68 F as I post this, I wasn't sure one dose would do it but we were very fortunate !