Monday, June 20, 2011

Now The Hard Work Begins

It has been so doggone hot here we find it is best to get up early and get outside before 7am. We have mostly being leveling the ground around the two pads.


Here is a picture of the hookup pad. We have just about completed that area. We have decided to hold off on planting any grass because it's hot and very dry. I still need to get about six more stepping stones to complete the walk to the pad.

We use two metal rakes to pull/push the dirt up to the edges of the pads. This place has so many roots in the ground that you pull up one and it in turns pulls up two to three more.


We started leveling the area around the large patio today. Let me tell you this area is not going to be a push over like the hookup pad. We encountered hundreds of roots and small to large rocks throughout this area. The rocks are mostly iron ore as this area has a lot of iron ore. I don't know how true it is but the town of Lone Star I'm told was originally called Iron Bluff because it was noted for it's rich iron ore through out the area. When Lone Star Steel (now known as US Steel started their plant here because of the iron ore) they changed the name to Lone Star TX. Boy that just about was a tongue twister.

Here are just some of our rock/root piles we've managed to rake up. We probably have six to eight of these through out the area we've been working.





Here is one huge slab that was dug up by Sandy's brother tractor. We will use it as a stepping stone. There are about four more about half this size which we will place later. (click on photos to enlarge)

Until next time. . . .MtnAire Travlers.


  1. Everything looks so nice! Sorry about all the roots and rocks but it will be so worth it when you are sitting out sipping a cold ice tea and enjoying the gently breezes. How was that for helping you cool off??
    It has been so hot here as well. Try not to overdo in this heat.

  2. Sounds like an awful lot of hard work in that heat! Hope you stay cool...