Ruth, with our friend Andrei at the Orheiul Vechi Historical Complex at Trebujeni, Moldova. Photo taken December 2, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Our first campers have arrived!

And in the last 24 hours, the ice on the lake has disappeared. It's amazing because it pretty much disappeared overnight. Thursday night it was there, and Friday morning there were only a few big sheets floating around. Later yesterday, it had gone!

Here's a little before and after...

Thursday morning.

Friday morning.

Saturday morning. No more ice!

Our first campers arrived yesterday evening. These people have a seasonal site with a fifth wheel and although it's a nice site, it's a little tight to get into so they wanted to get here before anybody else so they could maneuver their rig into it's spot. I went down and introduced myself and brought them some free firewood! (One bundle of wood per day is included with your camping fees).

They had a wind storm last year that blew quite a few trees over. They've mostly been cleaned up, but there are still some unsightly stumps around. I tackled one of them on Thursday with a shovel and chainsaw!

Ready for business!

I got it removed, filled the hole, and leveled out the ground with my little tractor. There is no shortage of the right tools to do the job!

But some stuff required a little more heavy duty machinery. There was a plugged culvert that caused a lot of runoff damage, so they brought in a horizontal drilling rig to clear it out!

That'll do the trick. And it did!

I spent a couple of hours yesterday afternoon leveling out the road and parking lot. Much better now!

While I was doing that, Ruth got the day use picnic area cleaned up and ready to go.

I expect there will be quite a bit of activity around here today and tomorrow. I know we have one more seasonal camper showing up today, and another one tomorrow. The place will soon start to look like a campground when it has some campers in it!


23 comments:

  1. You are really getting the place spiffed up. I would think next week-end would be your big opening season time isn't it? Like Memorial Day is for us.

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    1. Yes, the May long weekend it definitely the first real busy weekend of the summer.

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  2. I know how exciting it is to get your first camper of the season. In fact, you guys were our first last year, remember? Have fun and you are doing a great job. Miss ya's.

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    1. Yep, we remember. Thanks Barb and Sal!

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  3. Ha! I'll bet by the end of the season you'll be campered out. Great that they have all the tools you really need to do your jobs. Nothing worse than having to try to 'figure something out' when what you need is a big chainsaw or ????

    Love your lake pictures. Gorgeous place that's for sure.

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    1. I m sure that we will have had enough by the end of the season but for now we are excited to have campers here.

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  4. You seem to love that tractor. Is there any way you can take it with you when you're done working?

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    1. Nope, I think they might miss it! It will here for next year though.

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  5. I like the idea of including one bundle each day. Very nice jester.

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  6. There's no way three feet of ice could melt in such short time. I think somebody stole it! Call the Mounties to see if any new igloos cropped up recently.

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    1. We watched it float away down river! No, the igloos have melted too!

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  7. One glance at the header pic of the lake I pictured sitting there - lake + beach chair + favorite drink = relaxing tranquility! Everything is looking great!!!

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    1. Sounds like a great picture but we will be too busy to do that.

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  8. Really beautiful place. The picture of the lake is incredible. I think soon the hard work will be behind you and you will enjoy the place even more. Looks like you're pretty handy with that bulldozer!

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    1. Yep, once the spring cleanup is done, I think we will still be busy just a different kind of busy. Maybe a more relaxing kind of busy.

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  9. Everything is coming together for you. My sister lives on Lake Scugog in Ontario and in the spring she says the lake turns over, colder ice sinks and the warmer water comes to the top.
    Pretty soon you will have lotsa company there.

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    1. It's possible that it sinks but I did see it floating down the lake.

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  10. Everything looks awesome! You have been so busy and it really shows. Glad you have campers...

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  11. Tom and Carroll Med Hat: If I keep reading about how you are cleaning up the Park we might just pay a visit. I hope you have a great summer.

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    1. We would love to see you! Hope you make a visit here this summer.

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