Sunday, August 19, 2012

If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound?

This summer we decided to keep our quads near the cabin so we can use them more often. Last week we took a ride west of Powell Lake. To leave Hole in the Wall, we followed an overgrown track to more recent logging roads leading towards Chippewa Bay. This area has log booms, a dock for work boats, and a barge ramp for heavy equipment. Logging has been active here since the beginning of the 20th Century.

A side road is called Museum Main. It leads up from the dock on Powell Lake to a historic logging area where steam donkeys were once used as the power to haul logs out of the bush and down to the lake for transport to market. The logging road passes two donkeys, hence its name. But as we headed up the main, we encountered an obstruction larger than normal.

We get some wicked winds up the lake during winter storms. What do you think it sounded like when this old giant split from its roots and fell?

Can you imagine how hard it must have been for a steam engine to move such a massive log? They did it all the time. There's just enough room to squeeze a quad and rider under the butt end. Next time we'll go back and ride the additional four miles to the first donkey. -- Margy


  1. You have some really beautiful countryside around you, that trunk would keep us going all winter! Xx

  2. This looks and reads like a chapter out of one of Wayne's books. Wonderful.

  3. Fran - I keep thinking about the wood stove you talked about for the barge that would cook, heat and heat water. Sounds like a perfect solution.

    Kay - I take that as a compliment. I think about writing a book, but just never get around to it.


  4. thanks for sharing.