I know, because he told me so. My first question when he came down was “are your legs all wobbly now?”
Arborist Frank Kimball told me he was using a 150 foot rope up there and it was all played out, so that gives us an idea of how tall this old friend was. (Now, how old? I wonder.) It took five hours aloft to delimb this towering but decaying white pine, carve it into 5 or 6 more or less manageable sections, then cut that last wedge Oh So carefully so the final fall would be precisely targeted. Wow! He and his team came to Migis Tuesday for this delicate tree removal job, and those of us who are very fond of Gray Gull (the original main lodge here) can breathe easier now. There was some thought that they needed to work with a crane to accomplish this task, which would have been very difficult in the space between Gray Gull and Topside. Frank had other ideas (hence the climbing gear), and here is the result! Ian, Colby and Adam will now have many beautiful slabs of pine for use in their winter projects, something to keep in mind if you notice new benches, railings, end tables, mantles, etc. next season.
click here to watch it come down!