Pati and I really enjoy burning brush piles. It’s got the right mix of mindfulness and mindlessness and it’s immensely satisfying to see all that Buckthorn turn to ash. We had a great day for burning at the old barn site just downstream a bit from the saw mill site #12 on the Map. There was a light but steady breeze out of the Northeast that kept the smoke away from Hwy 67 and we were able to light 21 piles up.
The wood is finally starting to dry out from last week’s snow. Here is Pati standing next to a ring of fire.
I found another little spring coming out of the hillside just downstream from the Hotel Spring near a fallen Willow. We’ll open that up when it gets a little warmer.
I’m reading PONDS OF THE SCUPPERNONG and surveying the landscape at the old Parker Hotel site, which started out as a cheese factory, more closely. This location is definitely rising in priority to clear Buckthorn and Aspen from. Here is a nice picture of the Big Pond that Jon Bradley sent me. If you have any pictures of the ponds, or anything else of interest at the Scupppernong Springs, please contact me and I’ll post them.
I hope to see you at the Springs!