The busy Busy Season is over at the cabins – at least until the Holiday Season – and we’re into Getting-Ready-for-Winter Season.
Our annual Fall Wood Weekend was a resounding success thanks to Richard, Matthew, Elizabeth, Angie, Mike, Iona, Chris and Val and my two faithful volunteers Amy and Nick.
Fair weather and long days allowed us to bring in enough firewood to see us through until late winter/early spring. The only serious casualty was Amy’s pinky finger . . . that decided (of its own accord, of course) to test the power of our new 22-ton hydraulic log splitter. Splits even knotty wood with ease, so snapping the end of a finger bone was really no challenge. Life’s little lessons . . .
After the full-on Thanksgiving long weekend, Nick and Amy said goodbye to the ‘Escape, leaving with my THANKS!!! and well wishes as well as with their memories of adventure (and scars to prove it).
Halloween brought the traditional SNOW DUMP.
And it took me two days of shovelling to clear paths to the cabins. It also put a temporary end to my outside sanding, although I was able to complete the re-finishing of the window frames in the last cabin. The windows had an unfortunate encounter with DEET, mistakenly used as a fly spray. DEET is an excellent insect repellant, although I’m not sure how effective it is to kill flies that always try to find a home in the cabins before winter. DEET is also very effective in destroying varnish . . .
Repeat guests came in over the November long weekend, and Chris was up helping me get the ski-doo unburied, bucking up some of the log lengths for the cabins and splitting!, splitting!, splitting! firewood. True to form, the ski-doo is having issues . . . AGAIN . . . and is now sitting in Gary’s shop awaiting a verdict.
We’ve had Chinook conditions for the last 3 days . . . ruining our beautiful snow. More snow and cooler temperatures are forecast for the weekend, though, so there’s always hope that my sanding will again be put on hold until spring . . .
Until next time, Happy Trails!