Saturday, July 9, 2011

Johnsville Cabin

I spent the 4th at Lake Tahoe with some friends from my Reno bluegrass days. I wound up at the foot of Geiger Grade, the road that leads to Virginia City.
South Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©7/5/11
It was very hot in Reno, and both the 4th and 5th saw big billowy clouds form in the mid afternoon.
North of Reno, looking east, Andrew D. Barron©7/6/11
My good friend has some vacation property near Blairsden, CA. You drive about an hour north and up into the eastern Sierras.
East of Portola, looking north, Andrew D. Barron©7/6/11

A winding, rough dirt road takes you to the property. There is a gravity feed water system that pulls from a small ditch, a DC system at the cabin, and a also a generator for AC. The winter was rough. The water supply system collapsed. In several places, the cabin pluming froze and broke. A tree fell over the aged deck, barely missing the cabin.
Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/7/11
Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/7/11
The place seems to have been in the previous family for quite a long time. These are the steps to the amazing playhouse with swings and a slide.
Steps up the slide, Andrew D. Barron©7/7/11
Tree and Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/7/11
We put the tanks back up less high than they were before, severely tool limited.
Johnsville cabin water tanks, Andrew D. Barron©7/7/11
The next day we went down the hill to Portola and back to start replumbing the system. We put in pex plastic tubing with SharkBite fittings. This system is new to me, and should weather longer than PVC. I had to salvage some PVC for the overflow system anyway. At some point in the long day yesterday, this helicopter of nature landed.
Super antenna beetle, Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/8/11
There were a zillion difficulties during the day. I rewired some outlets. There a lot of making due with what was available. I went to sleep under the trees and stars. So naturally I tried to photograph it. Here, a 20 second exposure and some weird flash setting. Here the camera looks straight up.
Stars, Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/8/11
In the morning, the new growth on the pines was rich and caught my sleepy eyes.
Under the trees, Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/9/11
Whenever I wake up and take photos it sets the mood for me. As I drank the morning coffee, I walked around the forest taking pictures.
Baby tree, Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/9/11
Forest floor, Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/9/11
Forest floor, Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/9/11
Forest floor, Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/9/11
The P6000 is still my main color camera. Finally understanding manual exposures, and selectable focus area has reduced the number of exposures I take to get the shot. However, the battery still doesn’t last forever. Back to the Hipstamatic.
Manzanita, Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/9/11
Echoes of a loving family, 2001.
Happy birthday, Johnsville cabin, Andrew D. Barron©7/9/11
The system is roughed in, but a lack of Sharkbite 90 degree elbows makes for a goofy looking install. The pipe is very easy to work with and will look much better once the elbows are installed.
Johnsville cabin gravity feed water tanks, Andrew D. Barron©7/9/11
I rewired some of the 120v electricity and generally worked hard. Being too far from a supply house to make a trip for the right pieces is the hardest part because you have to make things work with what you have. Much of the pieces preceded my friend’s family by about a decade.

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