Muffin and I walked south today to see that part of the canyon:
There’s a dam down there in the lower left, and a line-of-sight comms install for it on the canyon rim in the upper right.
As we came back on a different part of the trail we saw a small group of people in odd positions/poses in the distance. Took a while to figure it out without binos, but I think they were shooting photos for a rock band. There was at least one electric guitar visible.
water catchment upgrade #1 == fail
I picked up a tarp to increase surface area for my rainwater catchment experiments. I saw some rain in the distance yesterday morning which provided incentive:
I rigged up a triangular area thusly because it required two fewer pieces of cord (the storm was moving pretty fast). I thought about putting it up on the leeward side of the van but figured for the first run I wanted to be able to see/access the catch bucket from the sliding door:
Wind kicked up ferociously and tore the grommets right out of the tarp just before about a dozen raindrops fell on the windshields. :-/
Next attempt I will:
reuse the same tarp, using rounded rocks in the corners to hold them.
but set it up leeward
and increase catchment area by tying the tarp out flat with a “pulldown” in the center to drain the water. Ignoring the tilt, the area of the flat tarp is 80 sq ft and the area of the triangular configuration is ~40sq ft
marking the fresh water tank
The failure “wonderfully concentrated the mind”, as the man to be hanged once observed. I got out a tape and measured the height of my 35gal tank: 12”. So each inch is just under 3 gallons. I marked it with a sharpie at 25%, 50% and 75% so I could keep better tabs on the levels.
I have ~16 gallons left for the next 8-9 days. Easy peasy.