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Bob the Cat Builds a Driveway

If we had watered it, or if there had been any rain in the last six weeks, our driveway would have been green. So much soil has been created by nature’s cycle of dropped leaves and fir needles that the driveway became almost like a messy golf fairway. All it needed was a hole punched into the middle of the turnaround and a tiny flagpole posted there.

But last week, a little Bobcat scraped that fairway clean of its dry, weedy “green.”

In this drought, the dust clouds filled the air as Bob the cat worked to renew our driveway.

I was amazed at the way a shovel could smooth the ground and a toothed kind of shovel could scrape the earth like giant metal fingernails.

Finally, the living part of the driveway was removed and only a foundation of the old crushed rock remained.

But more crushed rock was needed, so the first of several loads arrived. Bob the cat stood by ready to go back to work. You see he has the shovel back on and his claws are put away.

Here is the first load spread around.

I am always amazed at the way a good operator can move soil or crushed rock around as if the machine were an extension of his hand. In this short video, you will see how skillfully he “plays” with the crushed rock to make a smooth driveway surface.

By the time the crew was finished we had a clean new driveway.