This was somewhat unexpected.
Since I've started my vacation last week (I'm a workaholic so I never take a regular vacation - as a result I have to use it all at once in one lump sum at the end of the year) I haven't been out much - just hasn't been a need. My last trip into town was on Saturday, December third.
So imagine my surprise when I decided to run down into town to get a few things to find that our canyon's exterior gate was completely broken!
From my examination of it I think the wood of the 8x8 post that the gate was attached to just split - probably got hit with several freezing/thawing cycles over the last year or so. There was a larger crack on the northern side of the post and I'd guess that all of the rain and snow and stuff blew into that crack, and over time that just gave out. The gate clearly broke and fell when it was opened and there was an approximate 60 second delay to opening/closing. My guess is that the gate was opened, the driver went through, and behind him/her it shattered after they'd been able to see it - the most weight would have been "hanging" during that time frame and the split is perfectly consistent with the crack.
Basically, it just broke.
So it's taking folks a bit to figure out what they want to do next, but I suspect it'll get replaced in a couple of weeks.
It's usually very dull and quiet up here, but every so often...
Steven in Colorado
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|That post just split clean as a whistle.||
|Longer shot showing the entire gate.|