Posted by: highmountainmuse | July 17, 2009

Return from the ditch

The little stallion at camp grazing with two mares

The little stallion at camp grazing with two mares

I adjust to home, to coffee cooked in a percolator on the stove (so “civilized!” – and is that a good thing?), to a warm shower and clean fingernails and sleeping in a bed without worry of the horses on the picket line, to guests and neighbors and friends and work waiting here for our return, conversations waiting in line to be had. A warm welcoming. Good work, good people, a good place to be. Here and there.

The days pass so quickly at times, and other times, it seems as though we’ve been gone for so much longer. My “Ditch Diaries” journal is still in my duffel, stuffed deep in a pannier left unpacked from the travels home last night.  There is much I look forward to sharing as time unfolds later in the day.

In the meanwhile, I share this with you.  Highlights of this week at Ditch Camp.  8 to 10 cubic yards, or 8 to 10 tons of dirt and rock excavated from the hillside above the ditch and moved into the repair section.  That a lot of shoveling.  The little stallion, Flying Crow, successfully and quite happily survived his first pack trip, proving himself to be not just another pretty face, but a real work horse.  The heat (it hit 80 or 81… how about that?) was at its upmost for the year.  And still time was found to enjoy the mountain, each other, the beautiful world around us.  You can’t shovel all day long, you know…

Moving a rock in the ditch

Moving a rock in the ditch

An afternoons labor, a few yards of dirt ready to be moved by slip

An afternoons labor, a few yards of dirt ready to be moved by slip

I hope you all are well and a good week was had by all.  More stories to follow from this end, and hopefully time to catch up with all who wrote and all who I love to read… all before heading back up on Monday.

A view of the Rio Grande Pyramid and La Ventana from the draw up behind our camp

A view of the Rio Grande Pyramid and La Ventana from the draw up behind our camp

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Responses

  1. I’m doped up here from more adventures but had to check in with my sister. Take your time with all you have on your plate. And know that you’re so appreciated.

    Oh and coffee on the stove is a treat (over the fire, so to speak). One of my favorite ways to drink it.

  2. You really have my interest in this ditch thing. I suppose the ditch is now ready for water. How does the water get diverted into the ditch? Does this ditch serve families other than your family?

    I enjoyed traveling with you.

    Brenda
    yellow6347.wordpress.com

  3. Hi Brenda,
    Well, the ditch is an ongoing project, I suppose never “complete” as there are always repairs and maintenance, but it flows water regularly each year in the early summer. It is already shut off for the season. The water does not belong to us, we’re just the “ditch diggers.” The water is owned by a group of farmers, ranchers, and an organization that provides water to homeowners in the San Luis Valley. Colorado is complicated with water. It is all owned by someone, even in a situation like this, where it naturally flows on one side of the Continental Divide, but is diverted by a mile long ditch to the other side of the Divide. I don’t quite get it, but that’s Colorado Water!
    gin


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