The south line was a beast to clear. It was the most overgrown, the most dense, and the most difficult for us so far. It took three days to clear a path that we could safely walk corner to corner. Stating that it tried our patience is an understatement. Initially we cleared it from the west until Mark was attacked.
By paper wasps.
We decided to call it quits and the next days plan was to tackle the line from the east.
Bright and early the next day we hit the south line from the east. It wasn't much easier, but we knew we would soon meet up with our path from the west. The knowledge of finding that other path came in the form of another stinging hot strike in the neck, again, from the paper wasps. Oh joy! We had to get rid of them, and we had to be creative.
A quick trip to the corner store for a $1.05 lighter. Do you realize that what was once a cigarette lighter in your car has now morphed into a multi-purpose charging station?
Digging around in the rucksack we found some Kleenex and paper towels. We wrapped them on the end of a really long stick (no shortage of those) and secured the bundle of paper with plastic, non-adhesive flagging tape (sorry environment).
We set that on fire and proceeded to rid the path of the nasty little bugs!
MacGuyver ain't got notihn' on us!//tr
In 2014 a couple of 40-somethings decided to make a change. The purchase of 10 raw, pine scrub acres along Florida's Nature Coast started it all. This is that story.