"I'm going to speak my mind because I have nothing to lose."--S.I. Hayakawa

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Why, yes. There has been a slowdown...

If you follow along here, you have perhaps noticed a slowdown in The Kenya Journals as well as everything else I post here.

Here's the reason:

Just three miles from my home, this road leads to treasure.
A small part of the decked timber the Forest Service has made available for firewood.

    The other side of the decked timber/

All you need is a free permit from the Forest Service.   And energy.   Lots of energy.

This is hemlock.   Next to birch, it's the heaviest wood available in Southcentral Alaska.

Because of its density, is has 22 million BTUs per cord.   Only birch is higher, with 23 million BTUs per cord.

My trusty 024 Stihl saw, still running strong.    I have a Stihl 250 Easy-Start, but it won't.   Start, that is.

Loading the truck the first day I went cutting.
My sports equipment.

The beginning of the three cords I"m allowed.   Not much, but DANG this wood is heavy.

I went back for more yesterday:

It's still a little pile, but it's nearing a half cord.   Two and a half cords to go....

You know what?    I just thought of a way to make this post SHORT so I can get back to cutting wood!   All I have to do is post this post-firewood-cutting photo:


  1. I wish I were able to be there to help. It would be more fun than what I am doing. We could get that Easy-Start running and really have the sawdust flying.

  2. I truly cannot believe what you do. That firewood DOES look heavy, let alone your actually cutting it, loading it into the truck, unloading it at home, and stacking it for the winter. You amaze me, and that is putting it mildly. I have been planting flower boxes and am so stiff and sore I can hardly move! Two and a half cords to go ... WHEW ... hugs to that tired looking Jeanne. Patti and Cap

    1. Well, I haven't had your injuries and I continue to do this stuff so I CAN continue to do this stuff. Use it or lose it, as they say. I find a way to work around any age-related problems.

  3. Man O Manischewitz. I know from helping Ernie Russell up in Manley Hot Springs how heavy that wood is. Watch your back. Smiles .. Cap and Patti.