After the large pelton wheel generator was installed in 2000, we strung a 240 volt power line from the lodge here tree to tree almost a kilometer down to the hot spring area. This power line services the small caretakers cabin there and once in awhile gets a tree fall on it.
I wasn't keen on climbing up the sloping tree with a chainsaw and bucking it off, I didn't know for sure what the tree was going to do once freed from the heavy top extending beyond the power line. It was still attached to its root ball in the ground and I didn't know if it would stand up and find myself hanging on with my fingernails, or if it would just drop and I would ride it down into the bush cowboy style.
Lifting it back the way it came off the wire with a block and pulley was my first choice but was going to take a lot of rigging up, still involved climbing spurs and I wasn't a hundred percent it was going to work as planned. I was expecting some old friends from Kelowna out for a weekend a few weeks back so I decided to wait until then so there would be someone present whom in the event of a mishap would make some attempt to revive me at least.
We decided the best plan of attack was for me to pack the Husky chainsaw up there with the aid of not one, but two ladders tied together, Lorne would hold the ladder(s), and Ron would use my camera to document the operation for the possible ensuing coroner's investigation.
Rule number one. Turn the power off.
We hadn't really figured out a scenario if the tree fell.
Monday, November 5, 2012
This time change has thrown me for a loop, and I find myself getting up at 4:30 am.
The early dark in the afternoon takes some getting use to as well.
However, with the longer dark hours I will probably get back to posting more regular, it has been a month again but boy have I been busy with getting ready for winter. I've been having some issues with posting pictures that are not sorted out yet so I hope this works.
My days begin early, at the computer reading the news and surfing for a few hours.
Once it begins to get light I like to retire to the hot tub and plan my day, or not.
I very seldom actually go in, it has always been a different deal for me down there. I've always looked at it as something to keep up or maintain authority over so it has always been a work type thing for me.
I checked the forecast and looked like this might be the only nice day for a bit so I decided to make one last trip for firewood. We are a long ways from getting snow here but when it does that is it for going out for wood. I store it ahead for the campers in need, as much as I hate to deal with it.
I have enough for myself, I use very little ,only lighting the wood stove when my power goes out.