Here's what it looked like by the end of the day:
All "the branches and shit" are in the truck. The rest of that tree is comeing down, it is just a liability. Alden and I will have the whole thing on the ground inside of an entertaining hour, I am thinking. That is when the work starts.
RJ helped me engineer getting that big broken piece safely in the ground - we did it entirely with a ladder, a bow saw, and a razor sharp Hudson Bay pattern axe. Thanks RJ! Once on the ground, though it was time to fire up the gas saw.