Well, today was the D-day. Allowing 48 hours for the fourth and final coat of paint to dry, just before noon today, Apr 2, I attempted an inaugural ride across our new Giraffe Bridge. Elizabeth was working the camera.
And this is what happened…
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(I recorded the theme music of this video – the “Lone Ranger”/”William Tell” and “Carmen” overtures – in early February – see http://wp.me/p1jFeo-13K)
And now, here are some still shots of this momentous event… 🙂
And now, here a story of the bridge which preceded this inaugural ride over the Giraffe Bridge.
Mar 21, 2015: New 16-ft Bridge
The next amazing event of the day was a new 16-ft bridge. It sprung out this afternoon over the Namaka Creek like a mushroom after rain.
When I first started contemplating putting my 5-acre land on the market, in the summer of 2013, I realized I would need a bridge in order to be able to mow a section of our remaining 2-acre property that is only accessible from the 5-acre land.
Ever since, I have had a heck of a time finding someone to do it. Even the workmen I knew whom I got to look at the job and give me an estimate ended up as slippery as an eel. Until finally a few weeks ago, my landscapers recommended a local guy – NOT a Hawaiian – who they spoke of very highly.
Well, to cut to the chase, this afternoon, in less than five hours, he and his buddy built the entire bridge. I could not believe my eyes this evening when Elizabeth and I returned home from running some errands in town.
Here, take a look…
Of course, there are still a few things that need to be done before the bridge is 100% finished. But my God… having it built in less than five hours after I waited 20 months to get it done! Unbelievable.
And, of course, I used Elizabeth (5′ 1″) for the first “stress test.” 🙂
RAINBOW SHOWER: THEN AND NOW…
The birthing of a new bridge over the Namaka Creek created an opportunity for a “then and now” photo essay on the topic of the Rainbow Shower evolution (also see http://www.altzar.org/2012/Evolution%20of%20Rainbow%20Shower.html).
Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis (“everything changes, and we change with them”)
Six years ago on this day, March 24, 2009, all this was impassable jungle. We did not start to clear it until mid-April 2009.
UPDATE – Mar 25, 2015
Bridge Finished and Painted, White Merkaba Emerges within the Sacred Site
The evolution of the Rainbow Shower continues. Sometimes months go by without any discernible changes. Then suddenly things happen. I get messages in dreamtime or daytime that lead to new creations. Today, two such new developments occurred.
This time, it is a new bridge and a new look of the Anahata-Huaca-Ahu (AHA), the sacred place and the shaman’s altar.
The original 16-ft bridge has now been extended into a 26-foot structure. My amazing builder Tim and his helper worked till 9 PM last night to finish the two ramps they added.
How can someone work on something as intricate as that at the bottom of a Hawaiian gulch on on a moonless night?
Well, they improvised. They used a combination of hand-held flashlights and the headlights of Tim’s truck. I was amazed when Tim eventually texted me around 9 PM to say they were done.
But I wasn’t just sitting idly waiting for Tim’s text message. Earlier in the day, I painted the entire structure with a water sealer. That included the weight-bearing beams and the undercarriage, which I could only reach by fording the creek and crouching underneath the bridge.
You should have seen me trying to balance my feet on a rocky and slippery floor of a running creek, paintbrush and bowl of paint in hand. I am glad nobody was around to film me, especially when I lost my footing once an fell on my knees, spilling some of the paint into the water. 🙂
And then this afternoon, I repeated the whole process. I have never done any painting like this before. But I was told by experts that two coats of a water sealer are required before one paints the wood with a green stain mixed with water sealer.
That job is yet to be done. But what I did yesterday and today for nearly 3 hours each day was enough to knock me on my knees, both literally and figuratively.
UPDATE – Mar 26, 2015
(RUSHING) WATER UNDER THE (NEW) BRIDGE: LITERALLY!
Less than a day after I finished water-proofing the new bridge, there was another turn of the Rainbow Shower evolution wheel. (Also check out the 2012 story about the Evolution of the Anahata-Huaca-Ahu and the Evolution of the Rainbow Shower).
Overnight rain farther up the mountain resulted in rising waters of the creek under the bridge. I was awakened by its sound. And the rain also made the White AHA sparkle. And the rushing creek wonderful music that awoke me.
I went down to the gulch to record and bring you this photo update about the latest turn of the Rainbow Shower evolution wheel:
Here’s also a short video clip of the Namaka Creek’s music, as heard at the Upper Rainbow Shower, some 70-80 feet above the creek at the bottom of the gulch.
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UPDATE – Mar 30, 2015
GREEN BRIDGE FINISHED
After returning from Honolulu yesterday afternoon, I gave our new bridge a third coat of Ponderosa green paint. Here it is now…
OUR NEW BRIDGE GETS A NAME: “GIRAFFE BRIDGE”
Ever since we cleared the jungle in this are in April 2009, and discovered this little gem – a Ficus-Banyan tree hugging the banks of the riverbed – the shape of the tree reminded me of a Giraffe. Elizabeth and I have often talked about it as such.
And now that we have built a bridge next to it, it feels only right to name the bridge after its guardian – the Giraffe Bridge. 🙂
UPDATE – Mar 31, 2015
GIRAFFE BRIDGE FINALLY FINISHED
Our Giraffe bridge is now finally finished. Today I put the fourth and final coat of paint on it, and also leveled the ramps with a bag of sand each.
So that’s it! No more stories about the new bridge. Unless something happens, of course, that makes it newsworthy.