First off, I felled my first tree today. With an ax and then a hand saw to limb it and then with a hatchet I am about 1/3 of the way through peeling the bark. I have calculated that I need close to 200 X 8 foot long logs (2 down... 100 to go). I am building my cabin 'piece en piece' style so I will build everything on 8' centers making it much more manageable. I am 'trained' or skilled in stone work and masonry so most likely the first 3 feet of the cabin will be natural stone. The first tree went smoothly and I could hear that faint whisper in the back of my brain that always urges me forward with challenges. I could very easily see myself in the next 3-4 years becoming immersed in building a home by hand. A loose glimpse of my vision is to buy land and very gradually build the cabin. Camping out for 3-4 months during the Summer while we build. Then eventually selling our home and moving in to the cabin and be mortgage free.
I also bought a compound bow and arrows so very soon I will have a floor freezer full of this:
And this is me dorking it out Buffalo Bill facial hair style.
On the front of a package of fishing treble hooks... "We keep your family fishing"...
And on the back of the same package.
One of my best friends. We met in the Caribbean. I was a smoker and alcoholic bartender and he urged me to race my first triathlon... he's one of the good ones.
Ben ready to fish!
I love my dead trees. Something about them draws me to them.
Camp fire on the river.
Me and Ben.
Campsite on our 3rd night.
Big sky composition. This is close to the base of the BACK of Pikes Peak. These are the Collegiate Peaks on the horizon.
And here we go... a guy building his home by hand.
Love this! Dream it... then do it.
A little bit of Leadville buckle on a redneck by the fire... the Ranger was delicious. Benny stoking the fire. He's learned really well.
Toddler at 11,000 feet. It was cold! Loved it.