Just because it is getting hot in the High Desert doesn't mean the work stops. John Griffin has been chiseling away at a few big boulders in the way of progress. Liking to work on projects at his own pace and direction, John gets quite a bit done while we are all away. And like everyone else, I like to see that John gets a good pat on the back for his silent efforts. John has a new toy, an iphone, and has found it to be the perfect tool to take a picture or two of progress. It helps keep us up to date on things and doings about the property for those that are interested.
The fire currently in the mountains South of Big Bear, which are no way close or in danger of making it to us, has filled the Morongo Basin and the rest of the High Desert with smoke. Keeping the temperatures down a bit but costing in smoky hazy days and nights.
John took a video of a trip up the High Line with the Edward's Freight Motor which he uses in a work capacity to shuttle supplies up the hill, and either fill dirt up the grade or rocks and debris down the grade in our quest for higher ground. It is a very interesting video, for the purist's you are in trouble. But for those of us that are willing to see the world through someone else's eyes, for an interesting perspective, take a journey with John. It shows very well the reason we are partaking the endeavor of making as little a footprint as possible up the side of the mountain. You can see how the track blends well with it's surroundings and doesn't leave a scar upon our view.
Our journey starts at the switch to the High Line, traverses the curved trestle and back behind Tedder. Over the lower trestle as we look to the sides and get a peek at the views as we pass. Over the Trestle to the Sky and a brief stop at the switchback before reversing and going over the upper trestle. We end our trip at the site of Pauline, where our passing siding will be located. Now it is where we are staging supplies for the soon to be trestle district which will start soon.
I loved it from the first viewing as how someone else sees our work, and saved it from obscurity and for all to see the raw uncut beauty in a video of that which we call the High Line.
Here is a link to more of John Griffins pictures on my Picasa albums, you just might have to go to the link to get the video to play, I never professed to know anything about websites.
You all have a great day, hear from you soon, Brian
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