Saturday, July 10, 2010

Journey to the Center of the Earth

But a single night after we finished peeling all of the logs, rendering them sleek as otters, we returned to the island to prepare to dig our foundations. As it turned out there was still a great deal of work to be done burying the remains of Titcomb Cabin 1.0, which took the better part of the day. Several crater-sized holes were dug, and then filled with what used to be the chimney, hearth, and crumbling Sonotubes (the foundations of Titcomb 1.0). The work was not easy, but we made solid and noticeable progress towards something more like an actual construction site and less like a site of destruction. Kodiak took well-timed swings at the six-foot-deep slab of concrete at the center of the site with Bricktop (a 16-pound rubber-gripped, fiberglass-handled sledge hamma). Max and I dug caverns deep into the earth, Kate dug around the existing foundations and prepared to pour new ones, and Greg wheeled the "brickle-brackle" leftover from our destruction into the caverns. After we finished and leveled the site with the sand we had raised from the earth and placed the cardboard forms for the foundations in place, the site looked like the legitimate start to something legitimate. Up next: Chainsaws.

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