January 20, 2020 2 min read
We knew it was coming, the weather service predicted there would be severe winds in the evening. Sure enough, during the night you could hear the wind howling. It's always interesting getting up in the morning to see what you will find after a storm. Broken branches littered the front yard, but the real surprise was out back. When my three year old grandson stopped by early in the morning he exclaimed, "Grandpa, there's a tree in the pond!” Sure enough, a 60 ft. white pine had been uprooted overnight and landed in our backyard pond. Pine trees have a very shallow root system and are prone to this type of thing, but in the eyes of the child this was a moment of awe.
Later that day my neighbor confirmed it: we had winds upward of 62 MPH. He has an anemometer, which is the fancy name for a wind speed gauge. We had to get the mess cleaned up so with the help of my son-in-law we got right to work. So, my son-in-law, myself, and Brady got to work. The three year old was most certainly going to ensure he was involved in this very cool project. Eventually the chainsaw noise got to him, and it was time for Brady to retreat to the house. In no time at all his mother had him outfitted with a pair of rather large but functioning ear protectors, and he was back out there with us. Anyone who has ever cut pine trees down knows they are one of the easiest trees to trim and piece out. They are nice soft wood and for the most part have orderly branches. We had most of the wood cut and loaded in about an hour. One last thing remained, the central trunk. Now picture what we have remaining, a long log and on the end of it a large mass of roots and dirt. We started to cut it into 10 foot sections to piece them into logs for burning. We were on our last major cut, about 10 feet remained with the roots attached. Once again gravity came into play. The very thing that caused it to fall down, caused it to "fall up.” The weight of the dirt and roots was greater than the weight of the remaining log, and it righted itself back into the crater it had left the night before. That was the first time I ever had to cut a tree down that had already been down before! Needless to say my young grandson had a day to remember, the day he saw a tree fall up! His face at that moment was priceless, and I am sure I will remember it forever.
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