While I was rooting around in the woods, I came upon an oak tree that was only about 7' tall. Nothing remarkable about this except I planted it as a seedling, along with 400 others, about 30 years ago. Somehow, the deprivation of sunlight has not deterred it from surviving as its cousins have grown into enormous specimens. I cut a couple of dead ash trees around it so maybe it can now began growing up.
And now I began an unplanned wood splitting task. I enjoy splitting wood by hand but there was so much wood to split and so little time, I borrowed a wood splitter and began.
After over 40 wheel barrows of split wood, I got through the entire pile and now members of my family who endure the cold Ohio winter, have good, dry wood to burn. For me, allowing the ash trees to rot and fall, unused seems such a waste so if I can cut down, cut up and split the wood for their enjoyment, that's a good thing.
I'm in Granville, OH and it is a really neat town. It's as if someone took a town from the east coast, uprooted it and planted in central Ohio. The school system is one of the best in our nation and I'm glad each of my 3 children were able to attend. It gave them a huge head start in college. I note a two story skeleton in the above image.
I also spent quality time with Stella, who enjoys a car ride and a snack of a Fig Newton.
Ohio has many wineries so I met a couple of friends for a glass (or two) of wine before beginning....
....the drive back. During the drive, I actually visited a Chick-fil-a for the first time! Good food! More to come on my return and a couple of hikes.