Rhymer’s Ranch. Word.


we created the rough ride, catered to the buff types,

now makin’ it real smooth, bankin’ for the chair rides,

armored drain dips, crushed granite,

flagstone, limestone; we just don’t quit.


Our first real spike trip last week.

Bastrop, second week: we weren’t a crew yet.

San Antonio, third week: learning to camp, although inside a house. No labor.

San Antonio, second round: although not sweeping puddles, work was very easy.

Reimer’s Ranch, fourteenth (?) week: We excel. We came seeking more time to work; we made good use of that time. It’s been a rough project, and it won’t get any easier until it’s not the project we’re working anymore. It’s easy to begin to think of one’s life as vestigial to E-corps because of how personally intense it is- physically, mentally, and socially.

What works for me is to remember that it’s a year-long commitment, and it’s a job. I can’t clean my room, but I know how to work when on the clock. Once I understand this, my fatigue becomes understanding; I use it as an indicator of what I’m truly capable of, and I am able to overcome many hindrances that seem insurmountable.

Such is life! I see how far I’ve come and that time stretches on; my weariness is apparently only fractional, because I’m still standing, right?

Reimer's Ranch
A secluded spot near the Pedernales river.

Building Walls

This week we have been in San Antonio working at the San José Mission National Monument.  We have been here before doing plaster work, but this week we are learning masonry.  We are building a retaining wall near the grist mill to replace an older one that had fallen down.

So here is a bit of the process.

Sifting Portland Cement to get all the fines.

Getting all the ingredients ready for the mortar.

Mix it all up.

Shape the stone to make it fit just right.

Mortar it into place and clean it up.

Step back and check the process and the lines.

Watch spring come in as the mortar dries.