Monday, November 29, 2010

16 mile hike in Savage Gulf - the Collins Loop

The Wild Collins Gulf.

Out of town for the weekend for some hiking. It took us just over 5 hrs to do this rugged 16 mile hike. Didn't see one other hiker the entire day. A great wilderness experience.

Suter Falls was really flowing and the thousand foot climb up the Historic Stage Road to the east rim of the Collins was challenging.

Great day...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Cutting big red oak firewood

This was one huge log.

Some of these pieces of oak weigh 300+ lbs.

Takes every bit of strength I have to move these pieces around. It's very straight wood and should split really well. I'll hopefully have enough cut and split to keep my fireplaces warm all winter.

This Stihl 026 chainsaw is 13 years old and still kicks ass. It was my dad's housewarming gift to me back in early '97.

Thanks Dad. Your gift is well used and appreciated after all these years.

UPDATE: Wood is split, now to stack.

Lower picture... note the three distinct color woods: Red Oak (brown), TN Cedar (purple), and Osage orange (yellow).