Pat Cassidy

Profile Updated: March 29, 2020
Pat Cassidy
Residing In: Pilot Rock, OR USA
Spouse/Partner: Dixie
Homepage: View Website
Occupation: Retired Logger
Children: Two boys living nearby and a daughter living in Australia.
Four granddaughters, one grandson and More…one great-grandson.
Yes! Attending Reunion
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I always wanted to work outdoors. After a year at PSU I went into the construction industry but couldn't stand the union thugs so I quit.
Pulled up stakes in 1968 and moved to Pilot Rock in Eastern Oregon and never looked back.
When I got work as a tree faller I knew I had found my place in life. I worked in the logging industry for the next 40 years as a faller, woods boss and equipment operator and loved it all.
By the way, don't believe anything you see on those TV "reality logging" shows. I would have fired most all of them if they had been on my crew.
In my retirement I enjoy hiking, outdoor photography, hunting, fishing and just hanging out in the mountains. Reading and investigating the internet take up more of my time.

A Day in the Life of a Logger

Wake up time depends on how far away the job is and how good the roads are getting there.

The workday starts when it is light enough to see your feet. No fixed time, just dependant on season and weather.

Choice of clothing is utilitarian: work boots with steel calks (pointy golf shoe things), Loose fitting pants (denim or wool depending on season). Shirt appropriate to the weather (-15 to 90) hard hat. Gloves and tool belt for measuring tape, hatchet, wedges, log counter and fire extinguisher

Tools for what I did included of course a chain saw but also required maps, compass, clinometer, currant sale contract, flagging ribbon and good legs.

A day could include felling trees, skid trail flagging, road location and flagging, equipment repair, safety inspection and gazing in wonder at the beauty of my "office". Daybreak in the woods is a magical time and I cannot imagine going to work in the shadow of buildings.

Any work has some downside: dealing with the Forest Service, yellowjackets, waist-deep snow, tourists wanting to get too close and watch the loggers, wildlife showing up and requiring a "look-at-me" moment were but minor irritations to be dealt with.

As the day drew to a close, my mantra was "don't worry about how many logs you cut ... worry about being able to do it again tomorrow". Be smart, be safe.

After reading all the stories from classmates it seems to me that Sunset High School did a good job in preparing us for a good life. I see professionals and homemakers, dreamers and achievers. All lucky enough to be able to look back at a long life and hopefully to a rewarding future. Do what makes you happy.

School Story:

Lifetime alumni of The School of the Outdoors. Campus branches everywhere.

Attending Reunion

No

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"Fender skirts and Supper"
That was great Bill, thanks for the memories and laughs!

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Hi everyone,
There has been more snow in the mountains this winter than usual so it has kept me down in the lowlands.
Still taking pictures and hiking where I can ... life is good!
How many deer do you see in this picture? Remember, deer have ears!

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Sep 19, 2016 at 4:09 AM

After many years I have discovered that if I don't move they can't see me!

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Some thoughts about the forest ...

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Posted on: Aug 10, 2016 at 11:07 PM

Taking pictures of Eriogonum umbellatum var. polyanthum - Buckwheat Sulphur Flower in the Blue Mountains.
This is what I do ... hiking, taking pictures, catching a few fish and loving the mountains.

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Posted on: Apr 29, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Don, Good to see you are still around!
Remember the 8th grade reunion? Best reunion ever.
Wishing you the best, Pat

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This made my day!
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This is a good place to spend time.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM
After an early hike about 1/2 mile off the beaten path I get to see this.