Twas the week before Christmas

And Cape Cod is still a ghost town. I really do like this place, especially as empty as it is these days. From what I’ve been told, we have another four or five months of quiet before the vacation season really kicks off properly.

This week was spent completing our chainsaw training with the Cape Cod National Seashore. We started S-212 (Wildland Fire Chainnsaws) over a month ago, but Hurricane Sandy interrupted our training and we weren’t able to finish it before we split off from working primarily with the Park Service. I’m planning on writing a more in depth account of what S-212 contained for us over the next few days. For now, I’ll just share a few pictures from the week.

Luckily for us, the Cape Cod National Seashore has a location right across the street from our house they've been wanting to thin for a few years now.

Luckily for us, the Cape Cod National Seashore has a location right across the street from our house they’ve been wanting to thin for a few years now.

In brief, we spent the entire week cutting down Pitch Pines in the forested lot across the street from our house. The idea was to kill two birds with one stone, we needed chainsaw training so that our bosses within the Park Service could trust us not to cut off our own legs using their chainsaws and the Park Service needed the Pitch Pines near our house thinned out so they’d be less of a fire-hazard.

After three days of felling, limbing, bucking, and piling.

After three days of felling, limbing, bucking, and piling.

Mission Accomplished, I guess. We cut down somewhere in the neighborhood of sixty trees over the course of three days, which opened up the canopy and gave us plenty of firewood. We don’t actually have a fireplace to burn it in (its just as well, since Pitch Pine isn’t really the best ‘indoor’ firewood), but had the world actually ended on the 21st we’d have been set.

The other big project this week was turning our garage from a place that looked like a tornado made of power tools had touched down to an actual shop.

I wish I had had the foresight to take a before picture.

I wish I had had the foresight to take a before picture.

Working right by home was nice I guess. I’m just happy we finally got that training finished up. We’ll be using chainsaws alot over the next few months.

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Posted on December 23, 2012, in Americorps Cape Cod and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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