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Still Mowing Ft Adams

Postby Buzzard Wing » Thu May 19, 2016 9:39 pm

To the tune of 'Still crazy after all these years'.

Must say there are a few improvements along the way, hard to believe what the fort's Advance Redoubt looks like today. I was distraught the first time I mowed the place, poison ivy and other viney weeds were wrapping the knives on the Mott. Getting some stress cracks in the mower, but I have been hard on it and snagged a replacement (noisy!) that has the weak spots repaired.

Had a big group of people (220!!) on Sunday and was amazed at what got done. The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike (IBTTA) and a couple of local youth groups did an amazing amount of work.
http://whatsupnewp.com/redoubt-fort-adams-reclaimed/ (right click and open in new tab)

I mowed 'my' part of the fort last Thursday and used my cheap push mower to mow the Redoubt Saturday before the crowd arrived. Had dueling DR mowers on the center parapet too (lifted in with a Lull. Always cut with brush cutters before).
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Re: Still Mowing Ft Adams

Postby Bob McCarty » Thu May 19, 2016 9:57 pm

Larry, That's a nice article. Sounds like more work is still needed. I'm sure they appreciate your efforts.

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Re: Still Mowing Ft Adams

Postby Stanton » Fri May 20, 2016 6:16 am

That was a lot of work done! Glad to see it. Appears to be a never-ending responsibility. Congrats to you and all the volunteers.
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Re: Still Mowing Ft Adams

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Fri May 20, 2016 6:41 am

Way better than last time I was there, Larry!
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Re: Still Mowing Ft Adams

Postby Bill Hudson » Fri May 20, 2016 7:56 am

Good job, Larry! Certainly a testament to what can be accomplished with both short-term and long-term volunteers can accomplish. Jo and I are going to New England this fall and will give strong consideration to visiting Fort Adams to see some of your handiwork.

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Re: Still Mowing Ft Adams

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Fri May 20, 2016 9:18 am

Bill Hudson wrote:Good job, Larry! Certainly a testament to what can be accomplished with both short-term and long-term volunteers can accomplish. Jo and I are going to New England this fall and will give strong consideration to visiting Fort Adams to see some of your handiwork.

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Bill, the place is amazing! You should see the stone work, and the brick work, besides Larry's mowing. Fantastic construction.
Swing by here, I might just have a fresh baked muffin, or something, for you! (about 20 miles from the fort)
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Re: Still Mowing Ft Adams

Postby Bill Hudson » Fri May 20, 2016 12:08 pm

ScottyD'sdad wrote:Swing by here, I might just have a fresh baked muffin, or something, for you! (about 20 miles from the fort)
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Now that sounds inviting. We are early in the planning process so that a stop is certainly possible.

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Re: Still Mowing Ft Adams

Postby Goraidh (Jeff) » Fri May 20, 2016 6:34 pm

Looking good, Larry. If you're still in the mood to mow, come on over next time your up here. :D
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Re: Still Mowing Ft Adams

Postby Buzzard Wing » Thu May 26, 2016 8:38 am

Surely the Hudson's must have a first class pair of tours.... One by the official tour guide and one behind the scenes (unofficial yeller tractor guy guide). The Advance Redoubt and the fort are the height of military engineering and there is nothing like it in the world. The Redoubt is far more complex than any coastal fort in the country.

It is interesting that people who have lived here their whole lives have never seen or heard of the redoubt. Sort of hidden like a Mayan ruin in the jungle. There have been all manner of volunteer groups: Naval Supply School, Academy Prep School (NAPS), a 'chain gang' on community service, Naval Justice School, Salve Regina U., etc. Not to mention our own (very dedicated) group of regular volunteers. Especially our own ScotLem!

Hey Jeff, good to hear from you. Thanks for the invite.... but I do have a fair amount of mowing to do up that way too.

Bing has a cool thing called 'birds eye' view. From 4 angles (rotate lower right), pretty interesting.

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