Yesterday, Michelle went to the guesthouse to work on building a new set of shelves we’re installing in the cabin. As she walked in, she looked behind the guesthouse and made a startling discovery: the outhouse had been knocked over! A day or two before, a rock fell from the slope above, and literally knocked our secondary outhouse off its platform. The structure twisted and dropped into the area behind the guesthouse, and a large, rectangular chunk of rock sat on the remains of the floor, perfectly blocking the pit hole.
Luckily, we need not be in a hurry to make repairs. We don’t use the outhouse much ourselves, and we don’t know when our next guests will arrive, but probably not till about Christmas time. We don’t necessarily have to drop everything to get up there to make repairs, but it’s one more unexpected item on the “to-do” list, and an additional draw on our limited building supplies.
We’ve been wary of rock falls after a long dry summer. The soil around the rocks on the peninsula became so desiccated the stones began to look like abscessed teeth. Having one roll down and flatten our outhouse is an unpleasant event, but not wholly unexpected.