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The Land - Pt. 3 (Chainsaws and Trout)

So... about those trout!

Our friend Yarrick is an avid fisherman, and he came out to test the stream - and found that it is indeed full of trout. :)

Vantid went on a walk looking for wild leeks and wildflowers this spring, when things just started to green up.

Dutchmen's Breeches!

There are copious amounts of moss :)

There's a really neat dry run creek on one end of the property that is filled with wild leeks and gorgeous flowers.

There are a lot of mossy relics of large, beautiful trees in the woods.

Rocky, of course, loves all this exploring.

There are still some relics around from the old cars, continual cleanup we're working on.

Lots of broken down old sheds around.

The old homesite we've also been trying to clean up.

Rocky is always helpful.

A view of the stream in the spring.

We were really lucky to have our friend, EK, who is a forest ranger and sawyer instructor, come spend some time out at the property helping us to clear around the barn and familiarize ourselves with the chainsaw.

Ek is boss. :)

There were a bunch of trees leaning dangerously on the barn, overgrowth from 30 years of neglect. They have all been cut now but there is still a lot of cleanup to do!

Tree carnage. I would have felt really, really bad about cutting them though it was necessary to clear the barn, but luckily they were all box elders, which are a weed tree out here we have to clear anyways.

There's actually a barn under all that!

(Thank you very much to EK for taking these handful of pics!)

The inside of the barn, both levels, was filled with tons of old junk. We've been clearing it out and starting repairs to rehab it back into use.

Chainsawing is hard work. We did not drink while we were cutting, but afterwards there was much beer.

Our firepit! First time cooking there with the dutch oven - we roasted the trout, some chicken, and baked beans.
Food cooked on the fire somehow always tastes better. Maybe it has to do with the fact when you're cooking over the fire you're usually exhausted, but I think there's more magic to it than that.


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Jul. 21st, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Looks so fantastic!
I envy the barn! :D What a place!
Jul. 21st, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
I hope I someday have the privilege of doing what you're doing now. Owning a rural property, cleaning it up to its healthy and native state, small-scale farming, and generally reveling in nature. I thoroughly enjoy all these photo posts and get excited whenever I see a new one is up. :3
Jul. 22nd, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
<.< >.> *steals a trout and runs*
Jul. 22nd, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
Wow, would love to explore that area!
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
mmmmm trout!!! i'm jealous of the handy fishing!
Jul. 22nd, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) It took awhile to find them... the first time I visited I got skunked. But indeed I have a better idea of where to look for the trout now; I know of atleast one hole with an overhanging tree they like to hide under!
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
These are wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing them!
Jul. 22nd, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
Yes! I defiantly want to get back there sometime soon after it cools off here; hopefully this time will be a little less muddy :/

Did you get your driveway dug out/filled with gravel yet?
Jul. 22nd, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed!
No! Actually, a willow tree fell over the muddy place. So nobody should be inclined to go there with a car anymore.
Jul. 22nd, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
The pure levels of awesome in this post are hard to bear!

It's so great to see progress shots of the land!
Jul. 22nd, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Your pictures fill me with glee!
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