Looking at our reservations, it's easy to see that our busy time is going to be between June 27th and August 4th.
I promised you some more "before and after" pics.
The time frame difference is about three weeks. All we need is some water! The watershed website says they plan to put the plug in the dam on the 31st and let the water rise.
Oh, one more before and after...
Remember the cute little tractor I used last year? That wasn't a tractor.
This is a tractor...
I get a real tractor to play with this year!
We also have an old shop truck. Really old. It's a 1965 Chevy 30 series one ton with a flatbed hydraulic dump box on it. It's been parked right where it sits for at least two years. Some of the people on the board mentioned getting rid of it, but I wanted to see if it's salvageable.
1965 Chevy one ton.
First thing is to see if it'll fire up. So I open the hood to see what we're working with. I expected to see a big inline 6 cylinder. But what do we have under the hood?
A 283 cu in small block V8!
283 Chevy V8
One of the best engines Chevrolet ever made. The 283 Chevy V8 was the precursor to the famous 327 that was used (with a few modifications) in the Corvettes of that era. With a single two barrel carb, it produced 175 hp. And, it's really something these days when you can open the hood and recognize everything you see!
The truck as it sits is not worth very much. $1,000 maybe, and that's mostly because of the engine. Someone rebuilding a 1960's car would want this engine. And the odometer shows only 67,000 miles.
The battery was dead as a doornail, and wouldn't take a charge. I put some cables on it, and got nothing. Puttered around a little bit and found that the connection at the starter was bad. Repaired that, and it turned over! I checked the oil. Black as can be, and kinda thin looking. Almost looked watered down. Apparently the old pickup truck didn't get any maintenance.
I took off the breather. It was one of those old oil bath filters. Poured some gas directly down the carb, and she fired right up!
And promptly died.
Turns out the gas tank was dry as can be. I put a gallon in, and after a couple of more tries, it eventually sat there idling nicely.
One possibly major problem. No brakes. The pedal goes right to the floor. There's no fluid in the master cylinder.
So, it needs a battery, an oil change, and some brake work. And the flatbed dump works perfectly, but it would need a box built around it to make it more useful. So maybe between $500 and $1,000 depending on what's needed for the brakes and if we do the work ourselves here at the shop. That would be enough to get it useable for around the campground, but it still wouldn't pass a safety for highway use.
So we'll run this stuff by the powers that be at the next board meeting.
Anyhow, that's enough man talk. Here's one a little more for the ladies.
Some of you had asked for her gluten free blueberry muffin recipe! It can be made with regular flour as well, so she's adapted the recipe to make it gluten free and included the instructions...
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar (next time I make this I will reduce the sugar to 3/4 of a cup)
2 eggs and mix well
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
Mix and then add to wet ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour (for gluten free - substitue 2 cups of gluten free blend* and 1/4 tsp of xantham gum)
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
Stir in blueberries
1 ½ cups blueberries
Bake at 400 degree F for 25-30 minutes
This recipe makes about 18 large muffins. Keep muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator and warm up as needed)
*Gluten Free Flour Blend
2 cups rice flour (white or brown or a mixture of the two)
2/3 cup potato starch
1/3 cup tapioca flour/starch (same thing)
1 teaspoon xantham gum
Stir well before using and store in a container with tight-fitting lid.
Subsitute equal amount of flour blend for equal amount of flour in a recipe.
I find it easier to triple the mix and store it for future use...
6 cups rice flour
2 cups potato starch
1 cup topioca flour/starch
3 teaspoons xantham gum