Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Lumbering along...

I was on the beach in Seaside when I got a text from Sean that he was done with his meetings and could give me a tour of the mill in Warrenton.
Willie and I loaded up and headed up there. Sean had said to just follow the signs to find the mill.  I couldn't find the signs, so I parked in a likely place and waited to see if a logging truck would come by.

Sure enough, a few minutes later a logging truck went by me. I followed him right to the mill, and then the very small sign> to the office. 
Sean met me, introduced me to the people he works with, and fitted me with all the safety gear I needed to be in the mill. 

This mill produces upwards of two million BF per day.

A Note: This is my description from a layman (mom's) perspective...

Logs are fed into the debarker.
Here are logs coming out of the debarker and being cut to length. (full screen the videos for better viewing)

then they go through a scanner that tells the optimum cuts for that particular log.

the next set of saws cut the log into cants (unfinished logs to be further processed).

After a maze of trips around and through the mill the boards are sent to the kilns.

This mill dries it's lumber in kilns with steam heat provided from an inhouse co-generation system fired by residual wood waste (from the debarker). 

boiler on the L, hog on the R

steam drying kilns
 I just realized that I didn't take any pics of the finished lumber... next time.

Finished up with a pic of Sean & I,

and into the office to thank everyone for letting me have the tour, and to collect the swag that Sean got me...

Sean is project manager for the mill, and just completed a 6 million dollar retro fit project, and starts a 2 million dollar one shortly. It was interesting to see the designs he makes, and implements, as well as the constraints he works with.  

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Road trip ~ Astoria, Oregon...

Put Willie in his crate, dosed him up on calming chews, and hit the road for Astoria in the pouring rain Wednesday.
High surf warnings with rain showers off and on when we got over there.   A little weather doesn't stop us!
After I stashed my satchel at Sean's house, I went wandering up the hill to the 125 ft high Astoria Column. It is modeled after the Trajan Column in Rome, and features a hand-painted spiral frieze that tells the story of Astoria from the Native Americans to the arrival of the railroad.

 Want to feel the burn... it's 164 steps to the top.

from the base of the column looking S to Youngs River

looking NW to Astoria and the Columbia River

despite the cold wind and rain it was beautiful.

I went back down the hill, and visited the Astoria Maritime Museum.  So much to see and learn there. Really wanted to tour the Lightship Columbia docked there, but it was raining too hard to enjoy, so inside for me.  More info: http://crmm.org/maritime-museum-exhibits.html

Back to Sean's house to meet up with him and go out to dinner.  Fish & chips at the Astoria Brewing Co. I had the Skipper's Sourmash Stout (their version of Guinness).  Actually the best beer I've had in a while. Will take a growler home next time, for sure.
Sean was up and off to work early the next morning.  Willie and I weren't too far behind him, as there were several places I wanted to visit before heading back to Vancouver.
We went to Ft. Stevens State Park and the Peter Iredale Shipwreck (the Peter Iredale ran ashore on Clatsop Spit, south of the Columbia River channel on October 25, 1906).

Then down the road a piece to Sunset Beach. 

 It was spitt'n rain and the wind was blow'n to beat the band, but with my windbreaker and watch cap on I was fine.  Willie couldn't wait to run on the beach and roll in every pile of washed-up debris. After burning off some energy there we loaded up and headed on to Seaside Beach.

Willie wasn't too sure about blowing sand or the sea gulls...

 Then I visited a small but interesting museum in Seaside.  Intriguing bits of history there...

Another tidbit learned there..
Ft Clatsop, was the winter encampment for the Corps of Discovery from December 1805 to March 1806.  They stayed there to mine salt to preserve their food for the journey back East.  Next time, I'll visit Ft Clatsop.

Went back to Warrenton to meet up with Sean at the lumber mill he is currently project manager for.  I got The mill tour from Sean (will have a separate post on that). 
Hit the road again, and back home.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Big Foot Maize...

Imagine wandering through the latest maize at 

with my cousins

on a beautiful fall day...

We went on Monday, because it is less crowded. Visited with the critters, browsed the market & the gift shop, and ate burgers from their home grown beef.

The Maize is huge 7+ acres, and the corn is high.

inside the maize at eye level

We told stories of our dads (our dads were brothers) and their many misadventures when we were kids, as we navigated! We laughed, and walked, and laughed some more. We only got turned around a few times, and managed to get through the whole thing traveling 5+ miles in about an hour an a half. Surely a record for three ol ladies.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Fall follies...

I appear to be in the doldrums, not accomplishing diddly squat.  I did go to the recent HOA (slum lords) board meeting.  They didn't appear happy to have me in attendance.  I ask a lot of questions.  Putting forth ways to mitigate some of the problems in the complex with a friendly attitude makes me stretch my patience.  Which is probably a good exercise in diplomacy for me, but damn.  One board member said, "You should be on the board!"  You should have seen the look of outright horror that crossed the faces of the other board members. LOL!

I've been looking for a accent/storage piece for the living room for ages. My SIL that is a shopper has been looking too.  I knew what I wanted, and what I wanted to pay for it.  Nothing was even coming close.  They were either pieces of junk or very expensive.  Well a week ago when I took my BIL & SIL to PDX to catch a flight out, I decided that I would stop at IKEA and pickup a few things I needed for the kitchen. As I was wandering through the maze I found one that I liked but it was well above my price point, and I knew it was going to be a pain to put together, so I wandered on...  As I was coming to the checkout with my small stash, I looked over at the scratch and dent department, and decided it didn't hurt to look.  No sooner had I gotten in the door than there it was already assembled. I couldn't find the scratch or dent.  All the drawers worked. All the parts were there. Measured it with my tape, it would fit where I wanted it, and with a bit of luck in the back of the Tahoe. Went and got the clerk and asked her if she could tell me where the problem was with it. She pointed to a teeny tiny spot on the top where the paint was missing. "I'll take it, can I have some help loading it in my Tahoe."  Brought it home and it fits, does what I need it to do, and I think works in my living room. At half the unassembled list price. Sweet.

Have been trying to find ways to make travel with Willie easier on both of us. He whines and cries every time I take him anywhere in the suv. Got him some chews with hemp in them. Turns out they weren't the calming kind, just a supplement, he didn't whine... he howled all the way to and from the dog park. So, we have moved up to another brand that is a mega dose of hemp. If this one doesn't work I think I will take the chew myself and let him have at the whining.