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Here's my office. For those that care, these machines are (from left to right) a new Sun sparcstation4 running Solaris, an ancient Sun ELC running SunOS, a 133Mhz Pentium running Linux, and a hppa based HPUX machine.
The old ELC was the original darkstar, and was replaced by the sparcstation. This web site used to run on the ELC, now it runs on the sparcstation. Soon after this picture was taken, the old ELC died a horrible death as it fried it's little brains out. :-(
These machines have since been heavily replaced. I need a new
picture. The current setup is the now ancient sparcstation4 running
Solaris, an equally ancient 133Mhz Pentium running Linux, that
consistantely outperforms my snazzy dual-processor pentium 200Mhz NT4.0
machine. Finally these days I have a docking station for my laptop,
which dual boot NT4 and Linux.
Here's another picture of my office that shows how it's squeezed
into the corner of my living room. I didn't really want it in the
living room, but that's the room with the woodstove, and about the
only room in my house warm enough all winter to stay in.
This is my back porch during the winter of 1995-6. Usually it's
more buried than this, but it was an easy winter. :-) Sometimes the
icecicles reach all the way to the ground. Last summer we had a
friend's portable hot tub back here for 4 months. That was real fun,
but with the snows we get, I knew it could only be temporary. The hot
aretub later melted itself during a nasty blizzard, and almost boiled
This is the house from the parking area during the winter of
1995-6. I pretty much wind up shoveling snow daily during the
winter. Even when it's not snowing, the winds redeposit the snow
The parking area during a cool winter sunset. That's my old (still
runs!) 1972 VW Bus. It doesn't fit into the car shed, but it usually
gets parked all winter as when I switch to a 4x4 truck. We do plow the
driveway in the winter, but the snow drifts build up fast.
The cows usually seem to like hanging out here by the house when
the weather is bad. I took this picture from the back porch as they
wandered around the back side of the house. We have never lacked for
fertilizer. They are mostly here in the Fall, before going to their
Another picture of the parking area during a snow storm.
For a change of pace from all the snowy pictures, here's some of
the Aspen's changing colors off the driveway. Up to the right the
Aspen's wind around the hill side to a larger Aspen grove the Elk use
for a calving ground.
Here's one of the beaver ponds just downstream from the house. For
a long time they were dormant, but the last 3 years the beavers have
come back, and the ponds have gotten much deeper and larger. We canoe
on the beaver ponds in the summer, there are about 8-9. This picture
is looking upstream towards the house.
This is the yard after digging out the daily paths in the snow. If
you look hard, you can see the driveway going up toward the upper
right corner of the picture.
For another warm weather picture, here's my garden in full
bloom. Garden's are kinda tricky at this altitude, we only get a 3
month growing season. So I start the seeds indoors in the late spring,
and tend towards strudy crops like Carrots, Cauliflower, Brocolli,
snoe peas, string beans, and squash. I've never gotten stuff like
tomatoes to ever grow very well, it's too cold I think. Last year I
dug out another equally sized garden on the other side of the porch
and doubled the fresh food production.
Splitting wood around here is the never ending task. Here's the
wood pile after I dug it out of yet another snow storm. I like
splitting wood for exercise, as the aim it takes is similar to ice
Here's a picture shot from the mountain behind me, which is
conveniently accessible from the Caribou Trailhead via the Rainbow
Lakes Trail. On the full sized picture, my house is where the red
spot is. This picture is looking towards the south east.
Another picture of the ranch from the mountain behind me. This is
looking towards the east.
This is the sweat lodge a friend built in the woods out in the
front yard. For more pictures of the sweat, and info on building a
sweat lodge, go here.