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.
9:00 came and went, and no sign of them anywhere. The waiting began.
And here we go!
Welcome to your new home, all of you house logs! ! ! ! !
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???
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.
Let the work begin!
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!
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!
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.
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?
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!