November reeked of chain saws here at Nebraska Knoll. Gas and oil fumes percolated through Carhartt work pants, jackets, wool hats, and gloves. I asked the guys to leave them in the mudroom, or better yet, to air them out in the woodshed.
November resounded of chain saws whirring at assorted pitches from all quarters of this valley: the call and response of men clearing roads, yards, and sugarbush tubing lines.
A wind storm breeds lists:
A list of chainsaw parts and supplies: gas, oil, bolts, washers, screws.
A list of instructions for crew on how to safely proceed with tubing repairs
A list of groceries: ground beef, chicken, potatoes, eggs, milk, butter.
Current status of cleanup: Corridors have been cut for the mainlines. Reworking the mainlines requires two skilled workers. Chief of Operations and crew fit it in here and there around other work commitments. November was relatively cold and quite snowy. Unless December is mild they will be fighting the weather soon. Sugar season isn’t far off; we’ll be tapping in two months. It would be very good to finish this project by Christmas.
We feel as though we can now relate in a very small way to the hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida. Media coverage has moved on to the latest disaster, but you know if you stop to think about it that the tedious work of recovery plods on and on. We are grateful that we didn’t lose many maple trees. By the way, the wind strength registered 126mph on top of nearby Mt. Mansfield that night.