1 Day Ago
Well today was interesting..
I leave a tad early to do a drop and walk. I got my 066 back from Rob yesterday since I needed it off the job he is decking logs on. Show up at the site and try to get the new chain I had bought for it on the saw... NOPE. Tad short. Second time they got the chain wrong on me for this saw and bar at the saw shop. K... New guy... I get it. Explain I will be back tomorrow to drop the tree in the morning so the clean up can begin.
Same job Rob has been decking logs on with two subs we use and the equipment is over there at the ready.
so off to my other job. One no show. K... No problem I can make it work with the loader op and one ground man.
Part way through the day.. flat tire.
Now ground man getting sick.
So I am like, lets get this one more down that I stuck a line in so I can move my gear to another job tomorrow.
There is an old mine right there. I have worked this ditch other times. You just huck the brush down into it right in from of the mine. Drops about 20 feet. Yard all the brush out the ditch to a road. All morning I climb and strip over the ditch... Mike yards it out, loader moves to fire.
Last tree. Both of us handling the pull rope in the same ditch, get it all set. Mike heads out to pull point, I climb up the side to make the 3 cuts. I no sooner get to the base of the tree, I hear a rustle down in the ditch at the mine (caved in mostly) entrance. Big young cinnamon black bear lumbering right where we just were. Runs up the opposite, almost vertical wall 20 feet up and out. One front leg is broke and dangling. HOLY SHIT. He was not 20 feet from me as I am standing on a ledge the tree is growing out of. Of all friggen days I did not bring my carry weapon. Truck had got damp, so I oiled it up and stuck it in the safe till drier weather. The frig! Wont do that again. There have been bear and mountain lion sightings over there since fall. I have been packing JIC.
So... we inform the HO to call Fish & Game and Sheriff. He pulls a hunting rifle and starts checking around in case.
Dismissed my sick ground guy
Dismissed my tractor op to go get tire fixed.
I quit early and head over to saw shop to straighten the second boo boo out.
I go home. Call custy for tomorrow and she cancels. So after I pull all the gear out, it all goes back tomorrow.. For the rest of the month anyway... SHeesh.. What a day!