The Bluff Overlook is an elevated area that looks down on some wetlands. It is located in the far southeastern corner of the Alamosa NWR, and is accessed over about 8 miles of bumpy dirt road. Two years ago there was a project to add parking and a scenic overlook, and now the signs for that overlook needed to be installed.
Our first task was to head out to the overlook with refuge manager Suzanne and decide where the signs were to be placed.
|Whole lot of pointing going on...|
|Teri being a sign.|
We loaded up two of the signs, their supports, a post hole digger, bags of concrete, buckets of water, wheelbarrow, tools and hardware and bumped our way out to the site. We hoped that we had everything we needed, as it is about an hour round-trip to the shops.
First task was to dig holes for the legs of the signs. The refuge has a small gasoline powered digger which was a big help. But the holes had to be finished with a good old-fashioned clamshell type digger. Ugh...
|Starting a hole.|
|Attaching legs to sign.|
We placed two signs the first morning, two the second, and a final sign on the third. So we got all of the overlook signs installed in three days. We only worked mornings on this project as the sun gets really intense out there after noon. Sometimes projects that look really big turn out to be simpler than everyone thought. You've just got to break them down into smaller tasks.
|End of day one.|
|End of day three.|