Well, that was quite the day, and that was also probably why I hadn’t blogged in quite some time. We got logs, and it was on. The work, the work, and the work of getting them off-loaded, stacked, rolled, treated, blah, blah, blah . . .
*** This actually happened last June. I am embarrassed to say that I am that far behind on my blog, but one of my goals this year is to catch it up. I am working on it in the order that it happened, and here are the highlight pictures of us getting our first load of logs. ***
HERE GOES! ! !
The feelings were incredible. My husband had worked the night before we got our logs. It took them way longer to get to our property that day than the logger thought it would. (They got the driver a late start out.) Then the driver of the logs stopped at the truck stop first, one exit from us, to get a ride with the fellow who was going to be offloading the logs so they could come up and access the layout of the land to determine how best to position their trucks. Then they went back to the truck stop, got their trucks, and headed up to our property with the logs, and the big rig tow truck. It was an exciting day to say the least!
The best way I can tell you about it is with these pictures (and there are A LOT) that my son took.
We (my sons and I) had stayed in the travel trailer the night before. . . because the logs were supposed to be coming around 9:00 in the morning, and we wanted to make sure we were there and ready for them.
Although we tried, and there was some good effort put into it, the bonfire was a flop. But it was still exciting to be staying the night~~we wanted to be there bright and early in the morning when they brought the logs.
9:00 came and went, and no sign of them anywhere. The waiting began.
In the meantime, we got Grandpa positioned early that day with a front row seat.
And here we go!
First came the truck that would be off-loading the logs.
And do you see the logging truck coming down our road?
And it is getting closer! ! !
AND CLOSER! The excitement was rising as this big rig pulled up.
And here is the first load of our logs pulled up to be off-loaded! Ta-da!
Welcome to your new home, all of you house logs! ! ! ! !
And we stand there looking at what we are up against! Thank goodness for the help of people who know what they are doing, and local businesses that can help us with offloading them.
See how they were situated to get the logs off? The logging truck looks a little lopsided, and it was!
Our road is actually a small lane, and you have to pull over when you are passing someone. I grew up on a lane like that 50 years ago, but haven’t lived ‘remotely’ like that since then. Until now~~It feels like old times. Because of that, we had to make sure the logging truck was off the road enough to allow other vehicles to pass by.
I just had a thought ~~maybe we should’ve set our racks up, tipped the truck slowly, and let all of the logs roll off onto the rack, and just be done with it. We would have the tow truck there to tip the logging truck right back up, and viola’, be done. Hehehehe
No really, and seriously, we wanted to make sure that logging truck stayed upright. . . right???
Dad handing something off to our little guy in preparation for what was to come.
By this time in the afternoon (since we were getting such a later start), it was heating up, and we needed to move Grandpa to get him in the shade, AND where I had him would’ve been a terrible vantage point for viewing the log show, so we had to get him somewhere else! (Such a flattering pic of me.)
And here he goes, my husband, getting ready for his job~strapping the logs for offloading~~this was the first trip of many to come climbing up on our logs.
There will be many more opportunities as the logs get loaded on the house that he will be climbing on them again. I think we may have in our future, purchasing some harnesses to prevent any falls. Sounds like a great idea.
And Bobby was in position and ready to get the logs moving. I love this big truck.
See the metal rope chains (?) hanging from the boom, they had hooks on them that you will see in some of the next pictures to hook the straps onto ~~
Let the work begin!
Strapping up the first log on top of the load. This log will be the first to make up the ‘rack’ that our house logs will lay on.
Now to attach it to the hook. . .
Touchdown! The next order of business was to get it positioned on the ground in the right spot~~
~~~with a little help along the way.
It was a beautiful day~~albeit extremely warm, and we were glad to be getting logs.
And even the loggin’ truck driver got in on the action. (But maybe he wasn’t supposed to?)
And I was actually helping too~~getting the second one in position as it hit the ground.
And here we are waiting for the next log to be strapped up to be off-loaded. This is going to be a looooong process.
I like this shot our son got of this huge tow truck. You can see how we were swinging the logs over from logging truck to our first log rack spot.
If you look closely at this you can see that sometimes my DH would have to hook up one end of the log, and then have it lifted so that he could get the strap under the other end. Some of the logs were so wedged together that it made it difficult to get a strap under it.
And we wait. . . .
And he is working on getting the next log strapped while the first one is being brought over to our rack~~
He is keeping the log from swinging back at him.
Ready to hook the next log.
And the next rack log is ready to be set down.
Not much different than the shot above, but a bit more contrasting to show the log being brought around the back of the truck with ease.
The straps worked amazingly as we hooked them up for off-loading and unhooked them and pulled them out from under the logs once the log was positioned.
And now, to get the 26 house logs offloaded.And you can see this one looks a bit more hearty than the first ones we were off-loading. A house log! WOOHOO!
GOT IT! YAY! Now, we have to MOOOOVE this log over~~there are more logs we have to fit on this ‘rack’. Here goes~~
Yes, now we have unhook the straps, and ‘man’ these logs across our rack.
Can we just roll them?
No, we need a ‘cant’ hook, and boy, those cant hooks are life savers. Hopefully, we won’t damage our logs with them.
You can tell I am putting the stop on something in that picture above. I think I was afraid it might start taking off rolling. DON’T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN! We need to be wise and be in control of these logs. They are HEAVY!
Three logs off~~we are starting to get somewhere. Okay, so really it was sloooow!
Five logs off and on the rack. Here they are laying all nice and scooted over. . . to await the next ones coming.
And then a neighbor showed up, and he was on a tractor, and it just so happened that with his tractor, he could help scooch the logs over all at once. We needed the extra space~~we still had quite a few logs to fit on there.
And here he is doing just that. He scooted the logs tighter together so that they would all fit on the rack we had set up.
Can you tell? The load of logs is getting smaller on the trailer. YAY! And aren’t they some beauties! Most were nice straight logs~~a good thing!
And he brought the tractor around and scooted them over some more.
I just think it looks cool with the log in the air, and my DH (who had worked the night before~~ALL night) trying to keep his energy up to finish this job.
We decided (my brilliant idea) to try and get more than one log off at a time. My thinking was that we wouldn’t have to tie up these fellows much longer if we could get the last few off together. But that meant some changes needed to take place. We did not want the tow truck tipping over.
He got some extra blocks out to put under his support legs so that they wouldn’t sink into the ground and make the truck off kilter that may cause it to topple over. Yep, good thinking! Don’t want that to happen.
And the neighbor (with the tractor) is jumping in and putting the wedge under the support.
Look closely at this shot. They are lifting 5, yes 5 logs all together to off-load them. WAY TO ROCK IT!
ISN’T THIS COOL? (I was impressed!)
I thought this was the ‘coolest’ part! To see that many logs being lifted off at once, and also to see the empty logging trailer, and to see the strength of this tow truck was incredible. So much ‘cool’ness in one fell swoop! I was happy this day was coming to an end. It was all so surreal, and quite overwhelming.
AND #1) my husband was beat (since he hadn’t slept all night). He needed to get home. AND #2) The logging trucker dude was not used to it taking so long to get his load offloaded, so I was glad he wouldn’t have to stay longer, AND #3) the tow truck driver gave us a great deal to offload these logs, so I didn’t want to hold him up any more either. We were finished~~ YAY! ! !
Time to say goodbye. So the loggin’ truck had took off. . . my husband had taken off (to go home and go to bed). . . and now the tow truck was waiting to take off.
But a quick note here~~the fellow who owns the towing company and the truck in this picture below also owns a log home about 5-6 miles from us. He wanted to pick my brain at this point about how we were planning on building. He also had some suggestions. I. LOVE. SUGGESTIONS. No, seriously, I do. I am open to any ideas people have.
The cool thing was that he thought the way we are planning on building our log home was fascinating. I love that! He started asking me questions about it. When these guys ask me questions (and I mean ‘fellows’~~most women don’t ask me questions) about how we are going to do this, I haven’t had anyone tell me that they think it won’t work. It has been quite the opposite. Most have been impressed with how it will probably work better! Better than other log home builds that they know of, or live in, or have seen. For that I am thankful. . . because, you see, we are such novices and we are hopeful this will work, but have never done it before. No one I have explained this to has said they don’t think it will work. We have had nothing but encouragement. That is nice. Right?
Goodbye tow truck! You did a good job today offloading those logs!
~~And here they sit! All 26 logs~~Hello house logs!
And there is Grandpa happy that he got to join us for the offloading of the first set of logs. He’s a trooper!
AND I am one happy camper to have our first set of logs. (I hate this picture of myself, but I don’t have a better one, and I was excited, so here is this awful picture of me. hehe~I’m not vain or anything like that.)
And at the end of the day, back home and all cleaned up, we skyped and ‘cheered’ with our long distant daughter who was celebrating with us from afar. YAY!
Just “Thank you LORD!” for blessing us with our first load of logs~~please help us to use this future home to give you glory!