Brushyland Feb. 25, 2007
Dad and I were joined by Sarah McSpedden-Hendrix and her two sons, Spencer & Wilson, for a beautiful late-winter
day at Brushyland. We got some work done, but we played a little too. I think we all enjoyed those 4-wheeler
We paid our respects at The Rock tree, which dad built in honor of our late friend
. We each added rocks to the "tree".
A friend of dad's has been wanting a piece of a hollow Brushy tree to make a musical drum out of. Spencer spotted
a tree with a hole near the bottom - an indication of a hollow core. After further examination it was determined
that the tree was a good candidate, so dad cut the old Sweet Gum down. It was indeed fairly hollow.
Spencer observes as dad replaces the air filter on his chainsaw. As usual, Spencer worked his tail off at Brushyland.
He helped clear a lot of brush that day! And then he bought us lunch at The Marina Restaurant on Lake Athens on the
way home. It's very tough to convince dad not to pay for everyone else's meal - so my hat is off to Spencer :)
Unfortunately, the 8 feet of water the pond received last month via heavy rains is still leaking out. It's
that the Sodium Bentonite clay we added
bottom of the pond site will eventually seal the pond, but so far things aren't looking good. For the past several
weeks, the pond has been losing 3 vertical inches per week. And the separated creek channel has been losing 1.5
inches per week. According to the staff gauges, the pond currently has 6'4" of water and the creek channel has 2'9".
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