”Having a RideAbout”
Well it must have been around 1:00 o’clock yesterday afternoon when I walked into the house and asked my wife if she wanted to jump onto the atv and go for a ride. I could tell earlier that morning that she was in wants of shucking the office space for some real time in airy outside wood space. Never takes much twisting of her arm and so shortly we were off into the woods with the sunshine breaking through the tops of the trees here and there.
First stop was to two cabins above us, as we were looking at some things that needed to be done in the surrounding woods around the area. After this it was then on to another place were I had hoped I could get down into for some exploring, but there were still banks of un-melted snow that prevented us from going that way. Turning around we now headed out into the deep woods behind the barn to check some trails and see if there were any trees that had come down in the recent winds of March. We were able to get down a steep slope that I was unable to navigate earlier in the week due to wet snow and ice….and then also I left the chains off the atv. Friday was different however as the snow had melted and we only had to deal with mud and small areas of snow.
First stop was at a bridge I had started building around Christmas time and then the snows came so work was stopped till coming warmer weather. I’ve already cut the pine logs to use and placed them in order on the bridge, and now comes the pinning of them down and building some ramps at both ends to access the bridge….this is the kind of work that is relaxing to me. Next we rode the trails looking at ‘wood projects’ in need of attention for spring and summer and into the fall. Trails to make, accesses into other areas of the woods for new projects, trees to come down for firewood, slab wood and furniture wood, plus the cleaning up and thinning out of the woods.
Next came some exploring into new areas of the woods and then we rode up to a high point on the land to enjoy a view and then it was down to a camping area we have, to lay in the sunshine. Ha! At least my wife started laying in the sunshine while I started placing a new roof of pine branches on a lean-to I have there. My wife says that I’m like a beaver, in that I cannot stop building, and yes, although this is true….it is in moments such as this that I am truly building art. Well after a while I also stopped building and lay down to soak up some sun….and then off to sleep I went. When we woke up, the sun had moved on and so it was time to climb back on the atv and head on out for a new area of exploration. Coming back we were able to get up a new trail that was cut out into the side of a hill last winter and although this one is steep, we were able to make it up to the top and on out. Nothing worse then trying to get up a slope on an atv in the mud and snow, tires spinning and no-where to go but back down with two people aboard….keeping the momentum going at times likes this is truly priceless.
As far as tracking goes I have noticed sign of an abundance of wild turkey and deer in the area, and earlier this week I followed some moose tracks for a ways. I have not seen sign or scat of bear or coyote yet, but since I am planning on camping out soon, so then I will pay more attention to these. I always enjoy the sighting of bear and moose in the early spring and look forward to this every year.
Now if you were to ask me where my imagination was during all this, well that is an-other story….waiting to be told….and we shall see what shall yet be….of written in the stories of ‘wood art’.
....looking to the north we stopped and took a long breath of a breath taking view, breathing in….
...I now exhale….
....then here is one, to light the fires of imagination....
—-new growth brings forth the vibrant and seductive colors of green, as in this playing field of the gods, i have once again awakened to the all new possibilities, that here upon my palate of wood, i am once again found among kindred spirits after my own….
Enjoy and have a very good day!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/