Chestnut Lean-to, Danby SF
Wednesday Feb 8
Work group to collect firewood and check out the lean-to for our cook-out
We brought in two fantastic labor-saving tools for the first time ever, a chainsaw and a log-splitting maul
It was wonderful to see how these two tools enabled us to collect a huge amount of firewood in an amazingly short time
We hid the big pile of cut and split wood under some pine boughs and dead leaves a little bit away from the lean-to so no one else would see it and burn it up before we got back on the weekend.
Official head count: 15H, three D
Saturday Feb 11
This year’s fire team decided to have a smaller fire than we did last year. We also decided to have a second fire in back of the lean-to so people could sit on the log benches back there and stay warm
The firewood we’d collected was wetter than we realized
Lots of food — I ate a weird mix of things, like what an unsupervised child might do — great fun but then after I went to bed for the night I woke up with heartburn
The fire in the back of the lean-to never really got going well and it didn’t attract much of a crowd
A couple of hikers arrived quite late and some people who had been thinking of going home decided to stay around with the newcomers — there was a nice variety of liquor on hand and as Tiger and I left people were sitting staring into the fire and sipping the liquor.
Official head count: 30H, nine D
Sunday Feb 12
Hike cancelled — rain