So now we flipped back and forth between our two main projects - building the driveway in, and getting a base made for the yurts.
Grandpa had noted that some construction vehicles had been dumping some dynamited rock on a nearby back road, so we toured down there after a dump run, and loaded up his truck with any good sized rubble that was flat on top and bottom.
On returning, the MTD was pressed back into service to haul this rubble (I mean, piers) to our building site. We're trying to save on funds, so this will help us to avoid having to purchase some cinder blocks, although I'm sure we still will need a few.
After he left, I had a bowl of Shreddies, and then jumped back in the saddle of the Yanmar myself. It went much better than I expected. I managed to chip away at probably 80% of the pile, throwing it down on the brush pile, flattening it, and then heading back to try to scoop up more. It was a really, really good education. I learned to feel more comfortable on the Yanmar, and even a few times I lifted one of the rear tires while trying to dig in and lift too much gravel. I was able to calmly lower the bucket and back out, without feeling like I had lost control of the situation.
Grandpa arrived close to lunch, and I turned over my seat to him, and grabbed a shovel instead. Grandpa added more gravel from the remainder of the pile to the driveway, as he was certain that although I had coverage, it would settle quickly over time.
Grandpa wasn't sure why, but that log was heavy, like, really, really heavy! He totally lifted both rear wheels trying to lift the log, and even he had to relent that it wasn't realistic to try to pick that up, and then maneuver a narrow U turn on uneven ground, before lifting it onto the skidway. We ended up just pushing it to the skidway, and then just lifting it straight up and on.
Four logs later, Grandpa declared it a day. I took this opportunity to check on Donna and Kenny before supper.
As for the floor joists, I didn't cut them up today, so, tomorrow, weather permitting, I'll likely saw them up into some 2 by 6s.