It was a damn hot day on the mountain today. The pups and I were up there by 9:00 this morning to meet dad and Johnny. This morning was dedicated to some much needed welding on the loader.
[Barley doing what he can to keep out of the heat.]
The cross member that supports the bucket on the loader has seen its fair share of lifting boulders, digging stumps and dropping trees since I started working on the mountain over 8 months ago.
[Dad cleaning up the cracks on the cross member.]
After the paint was cleaned from the cracks, dad and Johnny started cutting out the old welds.
[A two person job cutting out the old welds.]
Once the old welds were cut out, Johnny started working his magic to ensure problems like this never happen again.
[A closer look at what it takes to cut out the old welds.]
I know what you're thinking and my response is "no; I didn't spend all day taking pictures!" After I got these shots I headed up the hill to start bucking the timber that Aspludh dropped so AEP could install the power lines. Once I get all of the timber bucked into manageable pieces, we're gonna rent a chipper to break down all of the branches and limbs. This ought to make for some good mulch when it comes time to landscape.
It was a short day due to the heat - almost 97F. As I started packing up, I heard what seemed to be a hornet fly right by my head and land on the side of my pickup.
[At least a sounded like a hornet.]
[Just two critters hitch hiking, ha!]