Badger Hollow: 2011


The year opened with severe winter weather, which persisted through March and lingered into April.
And when the clouds parted the temperatures plummeted further.
But cloud cover or freezing fog were the norm.


We were busy with the endurance season from March through August (plus a trip to Sweden in April) and continued with the ranch tasks in September. The pump house's new metal roof came from left over materials from the house.
At about that time the house became home to a large number of these lovely ladies, who kept the flying pests at bay.
Meanwhile we planned the run-in barn for the second pasture and ordered lumber and material.
Holes for the main support posts were then drilled and the dirt and rubble removed.
The second pasture will be about six acres and stretch nearly down to the service road for the power lines. A friend, Max, has been cutting down the junipers for lumber and firewood.
The second pasture will adjoin the west fence of the first pasture and will be used from late spring to early winter. The plan is to rotate the two pastures to prevent the horses from turning everything into a lunar landscape.


To kick off the barn building a group of friends from Leonard's Taekwon-Do school drove over from Portland for the weekend. Friday night dinner was at the pub, Solstice, which is across the street from this Prineville icon.
Materials were brought from the staging location to the building site.
And the first step was to build scaffolding so we could safely work on the girts and rafters.
Everybody wanted to use the tractor.
With the posts, joists, rafter straps and the first segment of scaffolding in place it was time for a break.
Lunch was at another Prineville landmark.
Roof supports were cut, drilled and nailed into position.
And then bolted in place.
There is no electricity at the second barn, and the tools were powered by a portable generator.
Assembling the next segment of scaffolding.
Finally all of the scaffolding is in place.
Saturday night dinner was spent at home, with fresh cheese and bread from Portland, and this selection from Leonard's collection.
Sunday morning was clear, and we hopped to work. The high posts were cut to height...
Temporary supports added for the top girts...
And the top girts put into place. Here Lisa and Leonard position the girt, which Katie and Doug (who snapped all of the weekend's photos) lifted up to them.
Late Sunday morning and it was time for the gang to return to Portland.
Naturally the weather was at its best when everyone had to leave.
It had been a busy weekend, and Lisa had even managed a ride on Elayne's horse Milagro.
Katie and company pile into Doug's purple SUV for the trip home.
But first we all had lunch at the Black Bear in Madras.


We cut each of the rafters on the power miter saw back at the house.
The front trusses were assembled on the ground and then lifted up and fastened in place.
The back rafters were less tricky and easier to install.
The light on the Cascades makes for an ever changing view out the back of the house.


By November both manure bins had been filled to capacity.
And so Elayne transfered the old, composted manure to a pile near the driveway for easy loading later.
Each bin holds over 350 cubic feet of compost.
Fortunately the tractor made quick work of it.
Although this little fellow had set up a winter residence in the warm compost.
But Elayne moved him to the new pile. Note the opaque eye scales from its recently shed skin.


One of the jobs we had done in September was grading and graveling the driveway and parking areas.
Terry, a fellow endurance rider, fixed the drainage issues and increased the usable parking space.
The wintery muddy quagmires are now things of the past.
And in June of 2012 Grizzly Mountain Road itself will be completely reworked, with new drainage and road bed of rock and gravel added.
Meanwhile we had put the roof and siding up on the run-in barn.
Half of the roofing was left over material from when the house was re-roofed.


On the run-in barn the interior wall for the storage area has been built. As with the main barn the material is salvaged from the old deck and shed. The grate assembly is from our friend Molly.
And interior cladding is in place. The exterior door for the storage room is ready to be hung.
The siding has been painted and is ready for winter.
Mt Jefferson looms beneath the high cloud cover.
The Sisters are back-lit by a setting sun.
By this time last year it was bitter cold and there was snow on the ground which we had until April.