Thursday, June 19, 2014

A pain in the ash....

On May 18, 1980 Mt. Saint Helens blew her top. And we are still dealing with the ash. It gets on and in everything! Its gritty and fluffy like baby powder. The more you mess with it, the powdery it gets! There are layers and layers of ancient ash from many volcanoes. And we don't even live near any mountains! A geologists dream!

We have been putting in water tanks for the past year. 3 have been up and running. Now we are working on 4 more. Had to dig a new well for them. It gets about 200 gallons a minuet and is only 90 feet deep.

Here's one water tank getting put together. We use grain tank rings to assemble the tanks. The concrete company mixes the concrete on site. So there is no waste. You get what you pay for.


The ash piles from the ditch.



The ditch digger.


The cows making sure we do it right!


My bottle baby - Beanstalk.


Thanks for stopping by.

12 comments:

  1. How do you seal up the rings where the bolts go. I wanted to try that but wasn't sure how to do it.

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  2. Wow, look at all that ash. It's gotta be great for the soil though, right?

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  3. I took Amtrak out there right after St. Helens and was amazed what was dredged out of the Green River.

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  4. You cover a couple of wide topics. Yes, the ash layers would be interesting.

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  5. I had no idea that ash would stick around that long interesting. Wow that is incredible water pressure and I love your tanks. Hug B

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  6. I watched a documentary on Mt. Saint Helens a couple of years ago and it was fascinating! Wow I can't believe that ash is still around. Wow.

    Happy Friday!!

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  7. Love the photo of Beanstalk! Volcanic ash is definitely something we don't deal with around here. Interesting!

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  8. What a mess! I'm having trouble emailing you...it keeps coming back (Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

    cameronharder@ymsil.com) This is what I get on my comments in the comment section...do you have a different email address?

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com


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  9. Bottle baby is so cute and I love raising these babies. I have one that is almost two years old and will meet her boyfriend in a couple months.

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  10. I can't imagine having to deal with all that ash, and even for so long! Love the picture of Bottle Baby!

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  11. I had heard that it was getting active again. What a horrible mess you have had to deal with.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  12. Oh, Beanstalk is so adorable! Concrete work is not for me! I have helped a little in doing some jobs at work and here at home and it wears me out quick!

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