Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cutting Down the Tree in Maynardville

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's been a little nippy here in Maynardville TN at the Roadrunner RV Resort, but otherwise very nice weather.
Some evenings have been spectacular -- especially the sunsets.

While here we have been lining up a couple of projects.  The first one was to cut down the big dead locust tree near Joan and Mike's driveway.  I thought I took some pictures for the 'before' and 'after' shots but apparently I did not.
 This was not the tree but a similar one nearby that also needs to come down.

Probably best that I did not take a lot of photos.  It was a little scary because we didn't really know what we were doing.  We were very lucky the tree fell in an open area and had no problems.  Turns out I had one idea and Mike had another and we didn't realize we were not together until a significant 'notch' had been cut out.  At that point we were committed.  We had a rope on the tree tied to his Kubota tractor and were able to 'help' it along and it fell between things.  One of those 'near misses' in many ways.

Here is a photo of the tree after it had mostly been cut up.  We had not yet cut the stump down to ground level.
That little chainsaw really was awesome.
 Once the tree was down, Mike cut it up into small sections and we loaded it all onto his trailer.

Next, we took the trailer around back and unloaded the small branches to burn.
 Once that was done, we got the trailer ready to take the wood across town.
 The Union County Humane Society burns wood to heat their facility so, we took it over there for their use.
 After we unloaded it, Mike filled out some paperwork in the office and their Recipe Book caught his attention...
It took us a few hours to cut down the tree, hack it up, burn the small branches and then deliver the logs over at the Humane Society but it was time well spent.

We are very thankful it turned out OK and will log it up to Lessons Learned and be more careful and safe next time.
Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!
And hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Dropping trees is an art and sometimes even then there is an oops. Great job.
    That trip hazard stump can be ground down below the grass. Rental places have hand operated ones and some contractors have ones pulled behind a pickup. It is worth doing. Cool weather should help with Holiday feelings, lights on palm trees is a mind bender as you know.
    Enjoyed the post

  2. That is so neat that you could donate the wood to the animals. I'm sure they really appreciated it. And it's especially great that the tree came down without any damage to anyone or anything.

  3. You survived and nobody got hurt, so that was a major lesson learned! :c)

  4. Dennis was a very good Paul Bunyon...but at age 73, climbing is not as easy, and he won't be stupid..Well, HE might think about it, but I won't let him!!

  5. Gosh it has been a while since I have read your journal. Good to see you are still out there having fun.