Tuesday Oct 31
Special event — visit to Collins Sawmill, Alpine Junction
It so happens we have a regular hiker, Casey, who’s widely known in the sawmill industry — he’s a specialist who smooths, straightens and tensions the big saws used in mills, which take a terrific beating from the cutting operation. In addition, Casey used to be a partner in a mill when he was young. On Tuesday he took us to a traditional, old-style mill SW of town in Cayuta
I didn’t know what to expect but the mill was even more picturesque and colorful than I hoped — missing outer walls on several sides, dimly lit — the saw is powered by a tractor and it uses 1940’s technology — above you can see the sophisticated mechanical apparatus that adjusts the width of each succeeding cut of a log to one inch wide
Three men make up the crew — you can see them in the shadows inside — the operation produces rough-cut softwood like that in the photo. There’s also an adjacent building where the men produce more-finished lumber like moldings and shingles (it was too dark inside for me to get a shot).
I loved everything about this visit. I thought it was really interesting that the mill can compete and make a profit using such an old technology and a bare-bones plant.
Wednesday Nov 1
Shindagin Hollow SF, bike trails
Saturday Nov 4
Mineah Road from Mt Pleasant Road north toward Route 13, Freeville
I’d hoped this would be a relatively dry hike despite all the recent rain — didn’t work out that way — some muddy area and the grass in the fields, while not high, was soaking wet — most people ended up with very wet feet
Official head count: 21H, three D
Sunday Nov 5
Bock Harvey Forest Preserve, Enfield
Official head count: 26H, seven D
Our regular hiker Bud is just back from hiking in Utah and Montana — you can ee his photos here