Busy Mornings, Slow Afternoons

The log decks are stacking up faster than the log truck can haul them off. The fire danger is now at the level where all equipment has to be out of the woods by 1pm and that includes trucks for hauling. Firewatch is  required for 3 hours after the last piece of equipment is shut down or out of the woods for the day.

One may ask what one does during the 3 hours. Aside from loading the Gator with firewood that had been cut earlier in the day, my phone works well on this high spot and long postponed communications are caught up. I crank up the sound and listen to a book on tape or music, I walk the new roads and the old paths, and I spend a lot of time looking up (usually from the shade of the big patches of trees left to grow).

2 thoughts on “Busy Mornings, Slow Afternoons

  1. I’m gaining insights into Earl’s and his parents’ experiences in the woods. Not that they had a cell phone to listen to. It reminds me of Earl’s story about the bee his mother watched come straight at her from a distance while she was on fire watch — until it landed on her nose.

    • Sounds familiar, it’s hard to maintain a single-minded focus while on fire watch since nature is always giving us opportunities to see things from a different angle. Too bad her angle was cross-eyed!

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