Here they are--close to the top. But...not...quite...there.
It was a beautiful afternoon, albeit warm, so after working three hours in the sunshine--I left the shade behind at the bottom of the steps--I called it quits.
It is taking a bit longer toward the top because the hill is steeper there and it takes longer to clear the dirt that I have to dig out to make a step.
N. planted his pumpkin patch as I was working.
Then he rested on the porch. Then he read in his "hidden spot for reading in the tree." Smart kid--he plans projects that can be completed within his attention span.
Here is the curved path of stairs from the top. Another reason for slower time at the top is that I have hit the "B" horizon. Clay and pebbles, fixed with plant roots. I am running into tree roots, so the curve is a little greater than I had planned.
I just can't bear to pull out very small Ponderosa pines recruited since last year. I plant o transplant them in the fall instead.
I figure maybe one more step and a secure landing at the top.
But not today. I got this message from the National Weather Service:
"HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.
Southwest wind will reach sustained speeds of 35 to 45 Mph with Gusts around 60 Mph by
early afternoon and Continue through early this Evening...Blowing dust may reduce Visibility Suddenly...
Strong Winds will be Hazardous to Trailers and other High Profile Vehicles...
Take Action to Secure lawn furniture, trash cans...stong winds can Topple Trees...Blow Weakened Roofs off Houses...Down Powerlines...
The NWS has quaint capitalization rules, no?
Anyway, I don't think I want to be out in this. It is gusting already. Today is a good day to get inside work done.