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I've finally decided which means my wife (the all knowing) has spoken -
that it's time to once again begin our adventure in Camp living.
Time to fill up the water tower, nothing like lake water for the flush and the occasional dish (separate containers) . Wash the floors down, at least once maybe twice - each year. We like to keep that natural, less than pristine appearance and only hose down when guests are coming. Besides, it keeps the 1860 floors happy and the dogs and us happiest.
Time to bring in that summer, fall and winter supply of firewood for the woodshed - after some splitting as required. You just know after living in New England for awhile that despite the time of year - there WILL be nights/days that a woodfire will take off the chill of those lakeside mornings/afternoons/evenings. Besides, there's nothing quite like a wood fire baked meal or a one-pot / dutch oven meal.
Time to clean the coils on the propane fridge, and remove any little inhabitants of it's pipes. Same with the stoves, water tanks. Put on fresh sheets, blankets, etc to keep everyone happy in their personal space. And can't forget the new dog and people beds for the guest rooms.
Then it'll be time to play with and check for new leaks, preventative care works for both campers and camp owners. Windows, doors, roofs, maintenance for a no electricity boondocks camp isn't that much different that handling the care of a de-winterized RV or sealing your tent for the upcoming season of joy, rest and relaxation.
I listened to the loons on the lakes 2 weeks ago and was lulled into a almost hypnotic state by the peace and tranquility, only broken by the occasional buzz of a chainsaw, must have been more still (ME) then generally as I had a fox visit to within 3 feet of me. Many trees had snapped courtesy of many gusty winds, and can always look forward to snapped pines - hopefully that haven't moved the camp.
That happened the last time I was upcountry, a rather large 40 foot maple had snapped from the winds gusts 60 mph, it turned out to be rotted at the base. Luckily it only moved the post a little bit. Posts are what the old time loggers built their camps on - no concrete for temporary shelters. Little did they realize that 150 years later that temporary structure would still be holding up.
So, it'll be jacking up the building and shimming in place for another year of life in the woods. Seems that maintenance on my primary home is a chore, while on my other home it's a pleasure. Not too worry I've had my fair share of cussing incidents - when the ladder tied off to a post and a roof has shifted and I've been stuck holding on for dear life, praying for a passerby (DW or stranger matters not) to re-place the ladder.
Ah! the joys of camping - it's times like that when I miss the fixed in place RV or truck camper ladder, and electric remote controlled no less, moving or leveling jacks.
Well, hope you all are going to explore nature soon - in all it's beauty - that even includes the gale force winds or the pouring rain and the actual warm, pleasant weather and lakeside boating or swimming. I'll be getting my first guests of the season in another 2 weeks plenty of time to remove that slash (limbs and brush) and chip it to a manageable pile.
Then it's off to my unexplored areas of the state - formerly worked in with no time for playing, the Allagash is calling as is the Golden Road. A dirt paper company road where you pay a toll for smooth riding and the occasional ditch to drive into when a logging truck passes at 60 mph, 2 1/2 lane highway road, with room for avoiding moose/deer/bear or trucks. But, after you get there you never want to leave with free lakes and rv camping - just find a spot, get off the road and park - approved campsites for wood fires abound and are still called FREE and sometimes paid if you need a dump station or electricity/water.
Well, I've waxed poetic long enough - I'm now waiting for my double wide cot. Time to seam seal the 3-room tent, for that June//July expedition. And just play with my jacks for camp, chainsaws for pleasure, and find that handy dandy weather/am/fm/lantern no battery needed hand crank monster. Followed by my sani-wipes, clorox wipes, camp perc, etc.
Hope you all report on your adventures in Paradise both before, during and after the transition from new AARP community and latest incarnation of the same site.
as always apologies for post length, I'm in joy mode.
Boy you sure know how to get my heart pumping! Reminds me of our cabin days and motor home days. All the things you mentioned and more. Makes me feel like taking off and hiking and fishing and just getting away from this mundane city life.
Just think about me once in awhile and send vibes my way. Wish I could hear the Loons, I LOVE the sound. I remember On Golden Pond, fondly.