Yesterday afternoon 4 of us climbed up to the top of Luther Tower to put new lights on, and crank up the large Christmas star, which will be turned on in December. It's always best to get this job done before the bad weather hits. Two new students who have been working on grounds/landscape this fall got their first trip to the top of the tower. Both of these students are from other countries, Christian from South Africa and Walterson from Paraguay.
And, there they are 2/3's of the way up and looking at the bells.
And on the trickiest portion of the climb, the iron spiral.
But the climb is so worth it, the view is astounding.
Ok, Gayle finally got everyone to work replacing the old lights and attaching the new.
And then the cranking up of the star. Uh oh, we forgot the winch to actually crank it. It's such a long way down and a long climb up to even thinking about going back to the shop and getting the winch. But! Yay! Dan Maske to the rescue. Called him and he graciously agreed to get the winch and carry it up to the top of the tower. And his wife Jenny came along.
The winch was attached and the pole cranked.
Great job guys
The view was pretty spectacular yesterday.
Here's what Luther Statue looks like from up top.
The the south wall of the tower looking down.
And, no, I did not hang out over the edge to get this picture, just held the camera out pointing down and hoped for the best.
Beautiful day for this work and a good thing we did this when we did. Cold air coming in today and for the rest of the week.