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Aug 15, 2007

Room with a View

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Room with a view, but not much of a floor. 

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That rotting stairs picture gives me the willies!

Posted by: Marianne | Aug 18, 2007 5:41:14 PM

The real thing gave me the willies, too!

Early in the "ascent", I came across some missing treads and had to step on the metal "ledgers" (the things that the wood steps are screwed on to) to keep going. "Keep your feet over metal" was my mantra while I was on the tower. "Never trust the wood."

Mind you, I was extra cautious and extra scared because I was doing this trip by myself, which I knew was pretty stupid.

In fact, I hadn't done anything that stupid since Christmas Eve when I was changing some very high light bulbs, by myself, on long extension ladder at the top of a stairwell.

Time after time -- when the ladder wobbled, then stabilized; or when I found myself about to reach farther than I thought prudent -- I thought, "gee, this is the part that I'll remember when I'm in the hospital -- the moment when I KNEW I should have backed off, but didn't."

There's some big time stupid in every boy -- that's for sure.

Posted by: Phil | Aug 18, 2007 5:52:16 PM

Not to mention that while trying to navigate around a rotting structure way up in the air, Phil had both hands and his attention on a camera, taking pictures of his feet.
It's like the companions of the prize-winners in the annual Darwin awards - their frequent comment is "it seemed like a good idea at the time."

Posted by: Charles | Aug 21, 2007 9:19:53 PM

My grandpa used to staff a fire tower in Daniel Boone Nat'l Forest. It was scary tall. I think they tore it down many years ago.

Posted by: Tim Edwards | Aug 29, 2007 11:04:40 PM

Oh man, nice shots. You had more, um, gumption than I did to climb that thing. I just knew I'd end up being impaled. Well done!

Posted by: Steve | Sep 4, 2008 8:11:52 PM