As mentioned in Part 2, the driveway remodel has had some issues with the weather. However, this was the sky the night before the plastic sheeting was removed from the wall. I'm writing almost two weeks hence, and it has not rained since.
This is the last photo of the original driveway, taken right before I left for work:
By the time I got back, the concrete was gone, the juniper had been ripped out and the first load of road base had been spread: