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Captain's Log -
We had a little shortage on bodies this weekend due to illnesses. Jeff, Jake, and Larry make it up first weekend. Jeff arrives around 8:00 Saturday and finds the place a mess. Our neighbor was in the process of removing old campers before it snowed and decided that one was not worth moving but had greater value as a flatbed trailer so he ripped apart the camper. He was not able to finish before the snows came so it is still on the property. He had scrap laying in various piles and leaning up against the old shack. We helped clean up the mess a little. Jeff started dismantling the old shack right away. Larry and Jake show up around 10:00 after a trip to L & M to get some supplies. We lay pallets down south of the outhouse and move all the contents from the shack and stack on the pallets and then cover it with the shack’s roof tarp.
We then start cutting down any trees that we felt had a possibility of hitting the shack or building site should they blow over. Chuck Young (neighbor) has a huge skidder who said to just fell the trees, limb them and cut the tops off and he will go in there and drag them to a spot where we can then cut block them up. As we start cutting he comes in and starts to maneuver around in the muck on the low side of the property and nearly gets stuck. He made about 3' deep trenches that fill with soupy mud. He manages to get out. At one point Larry came out to the camp area and set his chainsaw on the remaing flatbed portion of the camper and Jeff said that he might want to move it. A bit later Jake came out and set his dad's brand new chainsaw on the ground next to the flatbed camper frame. Well, JJ cut down another tree and wouldn't you know, it fell onto the camper frame almost in the exact same place that last year's tree fell. JJ swears that there is some sort of "wood magnet" built into that frame. The funny part is that it fell right in line with Jake's chainsaw but the trailer protected it and would have crushed Larry's chainsaw if JJ hadn't told him to move it. I am thinking that JJ is somehow aiming for that camper. We cut down about 40-