But it comes at a cost. We have each put in about 54 hours over the last seven days. And we're a little tired, but we won't take any time off until we know the campground is ready, and even then our time off will probably be spent going into the city for groceries!
We've had a contractor in the last couple of days repairing some of the erosion damage from the spring thaw. There were four campsites that needed a lot of work, and he'll probably be done today so that we can put the finishing touches on them.
"Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go!"
We spent part of yesterday trimming back any tree branches that were growing into the roadways or the parking area of the campsites. As RV'ers, we know that there's nothing worse than trying to get around tree branches that might scratch your new motorhome or trailer.
Fortunately, we have all the right tools to do the job!
I spent some time working on the playground installing all of the stuff that had been taken down for the winter. And repairing the swings. I found two new swing seats that needed to be installed, but the bolts for the old ones were so rusty I had a hard time getting them off. Still one that just won't loosen, so I put some oil on it overnight and that should help.
Kevin, installing the tetherball.
And repairing a swingset.
Of course it can't be all work and no play!
I got the leaf blower working. It's an older one, and like all of the other motorized equipment here, it hadn't had anything in the way of maintenance or cleaning in who knows how long. The air filter was so dirty I'm surprised it worked at all! So I got it all cleaned up and we tried it out on one of the worst sections. It does a much faster job of getting the leaves and everything into a pile so that it can be bagged, and Ruth's raking will now be a lot more efficient. She doesn't want to use the machine (it is kind of heavy on your back) so I do sections and get the leaves ready to be bagged and she does that and the final cleanup. We forgot to get a picture of me with the machine!
Ruth, hard at work with the rake! I think she's probably done more than fifty bags like this by now!
The campground is situated on the side of a slope leading down to the lake. Above that are wheat fields. Miles upon miles of wheat fields. One of the farmers up here works 8,000 acres! Yesterday evening, we walked up to the fields to watch the sunset.
Can you see our cell tower?? That's what supplies us with our internet.
Walking up the hill to watch the sunset.
There it is!
We're quite far north, so the official sunset is about 8:45pm just now. So it stays fairly light until after 9:00pm, and then it's light again just after 5:00am. We should have gone back up the hill after it got dark to see if we could see the northern lights! Maybe we'll do that on the next crisp clear night to see if we can get some northern lights photos for you!