17 Frogs in a Bucket and other Adventures
Back from a very brief Spring Break and honestly not all that ready to begin working again. Summer, you can't arrive soon enough. It was, however, nice to get out of Cambridge for a while and enjoy the good food and weather of my home state, California. Visiting my mom and her family on the farm means all sorts of exciting things like, for instance, finding 17 frogs in a bucket in the back yard. Apparently these guys were swimming around in the pool, so we fished them out and then released them into the pond elsewhere on the property.
It also means lots and lots of driving. The area where I grew up in California is a rural farming district halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Due to the long standing agricultural interests in the area there are plenty of old farm buildings to check out, and I usually enjoy stalking around and climbing on the things that I probably shouldn't be climbing on.
It's also interesting to see how rural buildings are built. This grain shed is built from half rounds of culvert pipes bolted together into large arches and then aggregated to form a corrugated vault.
The use of half-rounds makes allows the barn to resist the intense load of grain pushing out laterally without resorting to thick walls or extra reinforcement.
Old barns naturally settle, but the seismic activity ensures that few buildings stay true.
The Paso Robles area is basically in the foothills of the Pacific Range. There are no great heights, but nice views are easily afforded by ambling mounds of earth.