On Friday, October 30, 2009, David Hancock, Ken Cillis and I (Richard Pitt) met at the Sandpiper Golf Course with all the equipment and cameras that were to be installed in the Camera Platform that Aluma Systems had build for us back in September. We again parked next to the small air strip as we were meeting a helicopter there at 10AM to take us and the equipment out to the now installed scaffold on the Chehalis estuary. Unlike when Aluma built the platform, this day was not just raining, it was windy and truly miserable. The only good thing to say about it was that the temperature was above 10C which is fairly balmy for this time of year.
The weather was so bad - and in fact got worse for over an hour, with heavy winds and sideways-rain - that the helicopter could not take off from Chilliwack airport where it lives. We waited until almost noon. Finally the 'copter arrived and we piled in the first load of equipment and David in the co-pilot seat. They took off while Ken and I got the rest of the hardware ready for the second flight - the fuel cell and some tools; all the cameras went in the first load.
The tower is out in the middle of the Chehalis delta - surrounded by sand when the water is low, and by water up to several feet deep when the water level is high. A fairly major channel runs to the East side of it and there are a couple of piles of rocks (duck blinds from days gone by) to the North West - but otherwise there is little around it that has not washed down from the main river.
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