I have been busy with multiple irons in the fire I have not been riding much except basic errands around town when I'm home. The bike will last until I'm too old to ride anymore at this rate. I've been working on our cabin which as you may recall is some 75+ miles off road. The distance varies depending on whether I drive a snowmachine or a boat there. I started a guiding business and will use the cabin as an outfitting base camp by next season. I spent the past 3 months out there doing interior finish work and clearing trees from the lake shore.
Here's some copy on the winter work,
Boss went along because he won't survive 3 months without his friend (me). Nancy came out 4 times for 5 days each stay, she has a new Scandik Superwide and likes the ride.
The adventure was all about work. The cabin looks great from the outside...............
however, the interior has never been finished. Between fighting off the bush every summer trying to create a good clearing and cutting firewood every winter there has never seemed to be time to get serious about the interior. Essentially our downstairs is one large room, 24 X 24' and the loft is a 24 X 16. I spent some time framing up an indoor privy room for those -30* mornings when an outhouse just doesn't appeal very well and partitioned off a sitting area. Over the spring and summer I'll wire it for 4 overhead lights and a ceiling fan way up in the peak of the front gable. I also strung floor joists for a bridge 8' X 12' that extends from the loft to those front windows up under the gable in front. This will make a spot for a couple nice chairs and a good place to watch for the Aurora at night.
All of that went pretty quickly, then came the outdoor work. We have 650' of shoreline but it has been pretty much covered with large birch and spruce trees since the place went up. I'm talking lots of trees in the 20 - 30" base size along with plenty of small alder and willow spread among the young birch. The trees present a 2 fold problem, first they block sun & a good view of the lake, secondly they acted as a wind break from the breezes that often move over the lake. No breeze = a great environment for mosquitoes! I've traveled, camped, and fished from Newfoundland to Alaska and never have I seen so many mosquitoes! They make summer not so fun.
So I spent 5 weeks cutting trees and hauling them in either firewood size logs 22 - 24" length or taking the spruce trees in pole length between 10 & 16' logs for use as construction logs. Over the 5 weeks I cut and hauled over 50 large trees. My little Tundra 550 long track got a real workout but it hauled even the largest spruce logs up the hill to the stack. Oh, I forgot to mention that all this cutting took place on a slope / hill that leads down to the lake shore and in 4' of snow. Because of the snow much of this work was done while wearing snowshoes.
I'll upload some pictures of the logging operation and post them. If I live long enough I want to use the cabin as a base camp for fishing trips to the upper reaches of the local rivers. By launching from the cabin you can easily get yourself 100 miles from the nearest boat launch and that cuts the crowd significantly........
These pictures will help to show how the shore is now cleared. I should have done a before & after but it didn't occur to me to do that.
The area on the left of the picture was cleared first, then we got about 20" of fresh snow so it looks pretty clean. To the right, this was the last area I cut.
Each tree had to be dug out to the ground leastwise you end up with a forest of 6' stumps when the snow melts.
The saw has a 25" bar on it and for some of the trees it was not enough to make it in one cut.........
I ended up with a wood pile 22' long - 6' high - and 10' wide. There are also a huge batch stowed under the cabin until I split them in spring.
I got enough pole logs to start another cabin but they will make the upright framing for the 'New & Large Woodshed'
By the time I can break out a Spey rod and go fishing I will have earned it I guess
I will come back and bump the thread with more photos one of these days.
That shot from out on the lake shows a very denuded shoreline. I am not sure how many trees I took off of there but I worked on it for 5 weeks. I will not have to worry about fire wood for years.