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Hot August Daze

I’m still doing more clearing of the property and the trail corridor. But I’m a dumb ass. For some reason, I tend to go out to do my trail/yard work during the hottest part of the day. And lately the days have been too friggin’ hot. Maybe some people like triple digit temperatures. Surely, there are lots of people who live in Phoenix or Tucson or other desert locales. I grew up in New England and, while I’m somewhat Californicated after being here for 25 years now, I still don’t have much tolerance for triple digit temperatures. So why the hell do I do my outdoor work during the hottest hours of the day? We already covered that. Because I’m a dumb ass.

Regardless of my questionable mental aptitude, which perhaps I can blame on the heat, I’ve been making slow but steady progress. I continue to visualize a short section of trail, tie a few pieces of fluorescent flagging tape onto branches that I won’t be removing, clear the trail corridor one shrub and branch at a time, drag the slash uphill to the locations where it will eventually be chipped by the county’s fire safe council, and repeat ad infinitum. One saving grace is that I am largely working in the shade these days. But the property is so overgrown that just cleaning up the trees is a huge amount of work. The piles of slash to be chipped are getting impressively large.

If I was smart I’d get out there in the early- or mid-morning before the air temperature hits its daily peak. I guess I’m just not a morning person. It might be a slight exaggeration to say I’m out there during the hottest hours of the day, but only slight. I’ve generally been heading out mid afternoon and working until 6:00 or 6:30. While the temperature may technically have started to fall by the time I come back inside, the vast majority of the evening temperature drop doesn’t happen until after sunset of course. So if it was a 100 degree day, it’s probably dropped to a refreshingly cool 98 degrees be the time I’m done. I’m a dumb ass, but at least I’m making progress.

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