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.