Anyway - about 20 minutes into the project, Brian came inside and said that there was no way he could do it. The dirt was packed down so much -that it was virutally impossible to shovel the dirt into the trailer. He then claimed he needed a pick-axe to loosen up the dirt. Off he went to Home Depot and returned with a pick-axe, a new shovel and some potato chips. (Nothing like chips for energy - right?)
The pick-axe was the key. He started making some serious headway. Still, it took a long time and he is only half-way done. He was out there for about 4 hours today with his little helper - Maddie. What a trooper she was. She stayed out there the entire time with Brian and actually worked her little butt off. She will sleep well tonight.
Here are some pictures to mark the progress.