This week while we had no guests, it was all about wood at Bear Mountain Lodge. When you live in the North Country and foliage winds down, it’s time to get into the woods and grab those downed trees before nature’s white blanket covers them over never to be seen again until Spring.
It started back in April when Michael grabbed his chainsaw and headed into the backyard to cut down some trees that were starting to block our view to Mt. Washington. It was a funny day because I was standing on the deck with a walkie-talkie and Michael was walking around with his chainsaw saying “Is this the one” and shaking the tree. If I replied “yes,” down she went. So this week he got in his tractor, hooked a chain to each of the trees, and pulled them out of the woods so he could cut them up. That was just the first step to ensure we have enough wood all winter to keep the soap stone fireplace blazing in the great room for guests.
Because Connor had just a 1/2 day of school yesterday, he came home and helped Dad. At one point, I went outside and the John Deere tractor was coming down the driveway at me. Inside was my 10 year old who was so proud that Dad lets him drive the Deere all by himself. He and Michael would fill the bucket and then Connor would drive up to the front of the Lodge, lift the bucket high into the air, and drop the logs into a pile. Load after load they kept going until the front door was almost invisible.
After reminding Michael that guests would be checking in today at 3pm, he got to work splitting and stacking the logs. Just as our first guests were pulling in at 3:01, the last log was stacked neatly in place and he had begun cleaning up his mess.
With 11 more trees stacked up in the driveway, it looks like we’ll be working on wood for at least another week. It’s a ton of work, but there’s nothing better than a warm, crackling fire when it’s close to or below zero degrees. So if you’re coming to the Lodge, don’t worry — we’ll have plenty of wood to keep you toasty warm.