Since the main deck was up I have been using a extension ladder to climb the ten feet to gain access to the observatory. While easier access was always in the plan it was not feasible to accomplish right away. This springs (2004) construction has consisted of a fence to wrap my cleared acre of land the house and observatory sits on so that my canines can have more room to excersise and to build a walkway to make observatory access safer. Last year I planned this ramp/walkway for its convienence and for accessability. I carried the 1/2 inch tubular steel 37" tall pier up the ladder. This ramp would have made a simple task of rolling it out on a dolly. Whew, I break out in a sweat just remembering that day. This walkway was completed Sunday May 23, 2004. As I am the only person traverseing the path I will add the safety railing after power and data is run. The plan included attaching (6-3 220VAC) power in Schedule 40 PVC on one side underneath the walk and data (fiber and cat5E) in schedule 40 PVC on the other. Below are images of the pathway to Wye Mountain Observatory.
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