You can't get much more green

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Thompsons West End Campground

Flag of United States  , Wisconsin
Monday, August 10, 2009

 Our first stop today was at a local business named Timeless Timber (www.timelesstimber.com) For the past 10 years this company has been recovering previously harvested timbers. Back in the heyday of logging, that is to say prior to the Civil War, entire old growth forests were cleared.  The easiest way to get these logs to sawmills was to float them down rivers and into lakes.  They would than enter sawmills, be processed into boards and sent out all over the country. 

A percentage of these logs, no one knows for sure how many, would sink to the bottom of the rivers and lakes.  These are the logs that Timeless Timbers recovers, kiln dries and processes.  Because some of these logs came from old growth forests and have been at the bottom of Lake Superior for over 150 years they are very old and very unique. 

This is the greenest of green businesses.  They are able to process over  2 million board feet of lumber a year without ever cutting down a tree.  The timber has been perfectly preserved over the years by the cool water temperatures and only require from 35-100 days of kiln time to be dried out.  It is a pretty interesting story.

Once done at Timeless Timbers we headed into town for some shopping and lunch.  In the afternoon we met up with the BAC group once again for a walking tour of the towns murals.  Ashland contains over a dozen hand painted murals.  These have all been done by two local artists.  Since they are only able to paint in the good weather each work takes from 2-3 years to complete.  Also interesting is the fact that all the people depicted in the murals were actual residents of Ashland. 

Ken & I left the group and headed out to Copper Falls State Park.  This is about 30 miles north of Ashland.  We took a beautiful 2 mile loop hike along the banks of the Bad River.  This hike took us past 3 different falls along the river and through the basalt rocks  and forest.  It was a great way to end our day but unfortunately we arrived back at 'home' just as happy hour was ending! 
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