Spring time seemed like the perfect time to start crawling around the property to figure out where to locate each of the lots we were proposing to build on. Just a shame we waited until summer to do so.
Summer is AWESOME!
If you are not crawling through the underbrush/branches/foliage/dead-fall of a mature, dense Acadian forest, hoping to locate a place to put a house. I'm not sure many people have been driving out to the cottage and said..."hold it Dad, stop here. Look at that incredibly dense bush/forest/mosquito infested woods. Let's try and crawl through it!!"
We didn't have a lot of choice. We knew we needed to get the construction of the first house underway PRONTO. The 3 acre lot for the VISTA had been surveyed, but now we had to create the clearing - the GLADE - within which the brand new house would be located. So, armed with three roles of pink ribbon, a tape measure, a GPS (that really doesn't work in dense bush) Susan and I crawled/hacked/tore our way through the trees to mark out where we would position the home.
I don't believe many folks in the space of 12 minutes can say that they have:
Removed a pine branch from their eye socket
Fallen over 13 different logs
Had their hat removed and taken by a squirrel
Their glasses flung up into a tree branch
Swallowed something that felt like a really big bug
Turned back 73 different times because it was simply NOT POSSIBLE to take a step
Well... let me tell you... WE DID
(And, we are really hoping never to do that again)