2006-04-21 04:24:00.000 – Neil Lareau, Observer
A blood red and waning half moon is rising at this hour just north of the city lights of Portland. It is blurred by a bank of low clouds that pushed in on an east wind overnight.
The stars have been stunning all night revealing incredible detail and quantity.
On the snow fields yesterday afternoon I observed a number of small spiders in the snow. Some of them were curled upon themselves and others more active. These did not appear to be the same wolf spiders that scurry about the rocks during the summer. At the top of the snow fields there was a small moth crawling about.
Water has been slowly but steadily leaking into the base of the observation tower. There is now a five inch wading pool on the cement floor. An attempt is under way to clear the outside of our ‘sub door’ at the lowest level of the tower from the many feet of ice that accumulated there. This will make it much easier to pump out the tower. The problem now is that there is a tremendous amount of water percolating silently through the snow and any hole quickly fills with icy water. Jake Odell made the handiest discovery of the day realizing that we could easily use a length of hose draped down the hill to siphen this water out and allow the excavation to continue.
Neil Lareau, Observer