This tree is at the end of where we made our newest trail into the woods (to be able to cut dead ash trees for firewood and also to access an area for a new ponds and creek area to the property). Many years ago this area had been pulped off and the pulpers "tried" to get this tree but the soil wouldn't let them. There are huge ruts in the soil where they tried to get it, but failed. I'm glad they failed.
A few large old cedar trees West of the Big Tree, a lovely area with some higher ground. We will likely have the trails wind near this spot so we can enjoy this beautiful area. This is also closer to our west property line which will make access to the other trails easier and more interesting. This will also lead us closer to more of the dying ash and other firewood trees.
This lovely spot was just about to the property line between us and the property to our west. They have trails along their side of the property line (which we found shortly after walking through here) and they said we can join our trails with theirs, so our new trails will take advantage of this lovely view as well.
The above is a firewood trail that joins in with 3 of our old trails farther down the line.
These trails are rough, but will help the tractor to bring us firewood from the dead ash trees this fall. Eventually we'll clean them up enough to mow with the riding mower to keep them open for walking on. This trail will lead through our woods to the West toward John and Jessica's trails eventually joining up with those just south of the Big Tree and the cedars in the photo above.
This trail is a central trail leading around several dead ash trees and some dead aspens that need to be cut down and a large fallen ash tree that has yet to be cut up.