Thursday, May 26, 2005


I have had one shift on my newest contract.  I would have to admit my first day was tough, but things are starting to look up.  only another shift for this spring plant then I am moving on and planting some roads and burns for Ainsworth it normally is a good contract especially when they have some farmers fields to reclaim. 

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Coal Mines

I am finally finished my First contract of the season.  I would say of the 3 years doing this contract this has been my favorite year.  I had 21 days of planting with only two days off during that time.  The wildlife at the mines seems to get better every year also.  This year the Grizzly had two bear cubs and on one day there was a male Grizzly hanging around also.  I thought it was interesting when we were planting trees soaked in blood (to keep the longhorn sheep from eating them) when we had a mother and two cubs in sight in one direction and a male Grizzly just over the hill in the other direction.  Don't know who exactly planned that one.   Well I am now in Grande Prarrie about to go out to my next contract for a couple weeks.  I'm hopeing it will go well but I am having my doubts that it will be a great contract.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Tree planting

Another season is under way.  I am almost done of my second shift.  My first shift was 8 days which is a lot of days for getting the body back into planting shape.    The shift I am on right now is looking like it will be 7 days.  It has been good so far.  A few tough days but very good so far overall.  I'm hopeing for another good season.  My body is feeling it but lots of sleep and lots of good food is keeping me going.  It's tough to type with the way my hands feel right now so it's bed time.

Cadomine caving

I was working from a small town called Cadomin for a number of days.  In the town there is only one small motel that I stayed in and a corner store that is only open from 10 till 2.  so that means it's never open when we are around.  This town is cool though because after my first shift (that was 8 days long) my day off was in this small town which is actually a Hamlet and not even a town, I was able to go up to some caves they have in the mountains just outside of the village.  These caves I have been told are the largest limestone caves in Canada.  They are really cool.  There were so many huge caverns and lots of small tunnels.  It was definitely kind of interesting when the bats keep flying right in front of your face.  They definitely make you jump.  It was sweet I hope to be able to go back with more people next time to explore it in even more detail.