The great mudhole mystery part 2

So, we’ve gotten no closer to solving the mudhole mystery. We had these grand plans to dig a hole in the center to see where the water was coming from. Just one problem…

It rained like crazy the day before and everything was soaking wet. I was able to dig a slight ditch running to the existing swale and a ton of water ran off, but I don’t know if that was collected rain or something else.

This is what we are dealing with. Maybe on the next trip we will be able to figure more out.

The great mudhole mystery…

Since we got back from NYC we had a chance to get up to the farm for some work. We are just about ready to set the footing blocks for the cabin, which is really exciting.

But, we do have a bit of a mystery.

The area where we have cleared and graded for the new driveway is looking really good. Its about ready for the 175 cubic yards of crushed run…yeah a long driveway.

Most of it is cleared, graded, crowned, and looking pretty. But…..there is a very small section (about 10 feet across) that is always wet.

Leading up to it, and beyond that spot it will be dry as a crust. So dry that dust kicks up when you walk on it. Then, in a matter of two steps, you are up to your ankles in mushy mud. The soil doesn’t look any different than the surrounding terrain, there is no stream, ditch, or hole leading to it but it is constantly wet.

It’s not even in a low lying area, its almost at the top of the hill. I don’t know if that soil is packed too tightly and won’t allow rain water to drain, or if we’ve got a hidden spring.

There was no unusual plant growth around it to indicate a a marshy area…the ground is just wet.

I don’t have any photos of it yet because its been such a mystery that I keep forgetting to take some. Lol

The next trip up there will be dedicated to unraveling the mystery. The only solutions I can see are: dig a pond, install drainage tile, or reroute the driveway around it.

Anyway, happy farming and have a great week!

Everything and nothing..

I’ve waited a while to write another post as we’ve had a lot going on and yet nothing really happening.

Confused? Me too.

Maria and I had a great trip to NYC so that I could participate in filming an episode of Forged In Fire. 

I can’t talk about the show much as of now due to it not airing yet. I will let everyone know when it does in case you want to watch. I can say that it was a great experience and I would totally do it again.

We had a few extra days in the city and we were able to do some tourist type of things. Neither of us are big fans of cities, but Maria was sporting around like a local in no time. We did a lot of walking each day, ranging from 5 to 13 miles and saw a lot of cool things.

This is the beautiful view from our hotel room.

We got a great view of Ms Liberty from the Staten Island ferry.

At the 911 memorial we found the reflecting pools very touching and heart wrenching. There was also a couple nearby creating this really cool sand structure.

We also spent a full day at the Met. Marveling over the history, and the craftsmanship of everything displayed there. It was very humbling to know that these things were created long ago with only hand tools. 

I found a lot of inspiration in the armory section. The knives, swords, and firearms were amazing.

Anyway, we are home now. We’ve had one trip to the farm to work since then. That’s a subject for another post. 

Remember to watch Forged In Fire, not just for me, but for all of the talented smiths that participate.