It feels like it’s been a long road to get to the point where we could finally start shop construction. We were late getting to the property this spring due to the amount of snow and cold and once here, we encountered many downed trees that needed dealing with. In addition, we continue to thin out dead and dying trees, particularly certain species like the popples, which are tall, spindly, weak parasitic trees of other desirable trees like the maples. Much of my work time is spent looping off branches and making fire size pieces, where we continue to have all day bonfires on burn days. Certain treetops I use to further build up and sustain our “brush fence” which we use to keep roaming dogs out; we also got the gate totally secured with wire surround so they can’t walk around that.
Within a week or two he hopes to borrow a forklift from a friend who lives an hour from here which should greatly help in the building once the trusses arrive. When the garage shell is complete, we can turn our attention to leveling, compacting, and getting utilities to the point of where we intend to place the new park model and he can then move it from Waupaca and get it set and blocked. Next after that, he intends to build a deck for it. On his next return to Waupaca, he will bring the boat up as we’re hoping to get out on that when we desperately need a break from the work. All in all, it looks to be another really busy summer for us in the Northwoods, but it’s sure heaven to be here again!