To say I'm sick of cutting trees would be a vast understatment these days. It was at the end of my last day on the driveway this weekend that I realized that fact. I finished up after *only* about 5 hours straight of moving trees like this:
to create this:
At the beginning, I was very carefully tying down those logs on the 4-wheeler. Note that in the photo, there is no strapping. I realized it was MUCH quicker to pile the heavy ones on top and hope they all stay put. They did for the most part, and at only one time did I take a tree to my back and then briefly wonder if the dogs would be able to rescue me Lassie-style when I got pinned underneath trees and quads.
I guess my limit was reached at the end of the +20-something day (ugh!), as I was totally sweating, exhausted and sore, my chainsaw quit working then the pull cord broke. I was covered in twigs (one of which I pulled out of my pants a few hours later), spruce needles, bug spray, dirt was up my nose and my face looked like I'd eaten a shovelful of dirt (hey, this is bringing me back to my archaeology fieldwork days!). I had finally had enough! But I'm done, and it's now time for the driveway guys to finish it up. It feels SO great to know the next time I go out there, the driveway will miraculously be done!
Here's what they did the first day:
Oooh, the highway access!!!
My exciting culvert!!!
I was flippin' excited to actually drive out of here on the weekend, instead of up the ditch.
I have a newfound love for dump trucks. They had THREE going that day, until one broke down...
Dirrrrrrt! And gravel.
The bobcat does it's job.
I could really use a bobcat now that I think about it.
I would have been REALLY hesitant taking this project on knowing what was ahead of me. Oh, to be blissfully ignorant! It's glorious. Thankfully I'll stay that way until I have a house! (so be prepared for lots of "crap, this is a lot of work!" posts).
The dogs help pack down the road (actually, they were exhausted and hot by this point and merely just followed me back and forth, as I lay down logs).
The driveway and a hot Harris
Flowers in the meadow! It is littered with these blue little beauties. And note the two anthills - a common occurrence in the meadowy grassland I like to call my future home. :)