After a few cool nights, the remains of the wood pile that survived the winter onslaught were depleted...
A call to Dale Barnett remedied the situation. When he delivered two face cords last fall, I called him the most reliable guy in the UP. Nothing has changed.
A call in the morning. Dale and his wife unload the truck in the afternoon.
We are ready for another year. He said these cords were not as "gray" as he liked, but would dry up nicely over the summer. He included a 1/4 cord of dry wood from his garage for immediate use.
This year, like last year, we enjoyed a beer on the deck with the Barnetts after unloading the wood. Dale had a banner year delivering wood over the long cold winter. We talked about fires and firewood and hunting and UP predators like cougars and coyote and wolf.
Anyway, we are apparently now one of their favorite customers, as Mrs. Barnett gifted us with the venison summer sausage pictured at the top of the post. From a deer that Dale shot - it was smoked and made into sausage by an operation in Escanaba. It is really really good.
No, none of it will make it back to Chicago.
It is likely none of it will make it past the weekend.
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