by Janet Slater
Saturday, June 27, noon: "Dirk, I just received a trail hotline call about a downed tree spanning the trail, having crushed fences on both sides. The tree is just south of the trail going up to the Ft. Ancient earthworks. - Aaron."
1:15 p.m.: "Fortunately and unfortunately I can respond to this because for the second weekend in a row my business is shut down due to high water! If ANYONE can meet me there to work on this problem I will be headed up the trail in the next half hour. - Dirk."
Silence online. More silence online. Chainsaw sounds from the trail.
3:22 p.m.: "Just back from tree at Ft. Ancient. Huge walnut doing damage to both fences which were a hindrance to cleanup. More work to be done when there is someone else that can spot me as the overhead limbs are large and supported partially by the fence. It is fine for the time being, and can be finished up on a low traffic weekday. - Dirk."
Dirk has titled his last message with photos, "Tree down, one man, one tractor, two saws." He has even managed to get a selfie for the "after" photo.
Epilogue: Dirk Morgan has returned to his secret identity as the mild-mannered owner of a canoe livery. This week the Friends board voted to buy Dirk a larger chainsaw, with his smaller saw being passed down to a mere earthling.