The first challenge of the first day was surveying. Guy and Joe had bought the place at some kind of foreclosure auction.
There was no realtor, open house, etc. All we had was a tax map.
We set out across the lo'i in the picture with
a few LONG tape measures, and a compass. When we got to where we were satisfied must be the first corner, we plopped down
in the deep California grass all around us. Guy had a pipe sticking into his butt! What luck. There was our corner.
We had brought 250 bald cypress seedlings to set out. Jim and Michelle hacked a few places to plant them in the deep grass
and cattails. (I know you can't even see the seedling in the picture.) It soon became evident that this wasn't going to be
repeated hundreds of times.
Meanwhile Guy, Joe, and Ray are trying to find the other corners. After a little exploration and pondering, Jim & Michelle
decided plant in the much more mellow hono hono grass areas nearer the land side of the property.
This turned out
to be a fine vision. We eventually lost pretty much all of the trees in the deep grass. Where they're standing in the picture
they planted a little nursery of trees close together.