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That Smell

It snowed 3 inches on Sunday, and the river is starting to freeze over on the edges.

It was warmer today, and all of sudden there is a horrible dead animal smell in my back yard - everywhere. I didn't try hard to track down the source, but the smell didn't get less or more as I walked around. It must be a large animal, and nearby, but I'm not going to go looking for it. We can locate it next spring when it's stopped stinking so much. Maybe the bears or mountain lions will come clean it up. Meanwhile, I've done all my winterizing chores in the back yard, so don't need to go out there. But now that I'm avoiding it, I keep thinking of reasons to go out there.

Folks along the river are excited because tomorrow our river is supposed to be shut off for two hours, starting at noon, and we want to know what's going to happen to our respective sections of the river. None of the old-timers around here recall this ever happening, but it's possible it has, and the public was not informed.

Aside from side streams, which are all dried up this time of year, our river is supplied from an upstream reservoir controlled by a Bureau of Reclamation dam. What we call Lake Estes, they refer to as a 'forebay.'

I've got an all-day meeting, so for the last few hours have been busy trying to get a GoPro camera arranged to be set up on my bridge and try to take pictures of the river while I'm gone. It involves using a bungee cord to anchor the camera to a brick in case it gets windy, and I'm going to also use duct tape as a precaution.

The hassle of it is that I have to leave at 6 am, so I'll be out there early trying to set it up, and hoping for the best, particularly that it will still be recording 6 to 8 hours later.

This is an insulated cover I made for where a water well pump comes out of the ground. I wrapped fiberglass house insulation around the standpipe, and pulled a plastic shipping envelope over it, and put a bungee cord to stabilize it. Hard to say if it makes a difference when the temperature dips far below zero, but it doesn't hurt anything to do it.

posted on Nov 13, 2018 6:00 PM ()


Love, love, love your part of the country!! Good luck with the stench!
comment by jerms on Nov 24, 2018 7:03 PM ()
Do go-pros do time lapse?
comment by jjoohhnn on Nov 15, 2018 9:56 AM ()
Your first paragraph are reasons 90,876 through 97,543 I am glad I live in hot, humid Fort Lauderdale (where it will go to the middle 60s this Saturday morning)!
Good luck with the pictures!
comment by greatmartin on Nov 14, 2018 10:43 AM ()
I knew you were going to say something like that, Martin. I'm glad we have fewer bugs etc than Florida.
reply by traveltales on Nov 14, 2018 12:08 PM ()
They can turn rivers off and on like spigots, I guess. Scary to think the government can take away the water with a snap of their fingers. I never thought of wrapping up pumps like that, but it would probably help prevent damage from ice if the temperatures go crazy. Here, the sudden changes can be a problem.
comment by drmaus on Nov 14, 2018 9:16 AM ()
I rushed home from the meeting this morning because they said the water curtailment was going to start at 10:30 am instead of noon and I didn't want to miss out - silly me - it takes so long for a change to work downstream, it's like paint drying. I could have stayed at the meeting. But just didn't know.
reply by traveltales on Nov 14, 2018 12:05 PM ()
It looks sturdy and freeze proof.
comment by elderjane on Nov 14, 2018 5:28 AM ()
I expect the plastic to last one season, but it's so tight it won't flap in the wind and possibly tear so maybe it'll last longer. Next summer I'll spend more time figuring out a cover, like maybe a piece of a tarp.
reply by traveltales on Nov 14, 2018 12:07 PM ()

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