I do a tally of campsite, entrance pass, and firewood revenue twice per month and submit the receipts to our treasurer. So I get a good idea of how the park is doing. Today's the 15th, so I'll add things up this morning, but I have a feeling we're going to be higher than we were last year at this time.
The cooler weather kept the mosquitoes down though, so that's good. Things have been so dry that we figured we wouldn't have much of a problem with the little buggers this year, but they're still around.
The park used to have a mosquito fogger, but it was at least 30 years old and I tried using it once last year. I could barely keep it running, and then I found out that the entire base of it was rotten and leaked insecticide. It was done, and I tossed it.
I did some research, and a new fogger is expensive! Sure, you can buy the backyard variety for a couple of hundred bucks but that's not practical for trying to do a whole campground. The kind we need starts at $1,800 USD and you can spend up to $12,000! Now, they say that the machine should last 30 years or so, so it's only the initial outlay that sounds so expensive. Amortized over the life of the machine, it's not so bad.
The other day, I was cleaning up in the shop and I came across another old fogger. This one is a smaller hand held unit, but it still looks fairly heavy duty. Problem is, this one is at least 30 years old as well. I figured out how it works, but I think there's something wrong with it as well. First of all, it requires a 6v lantern battery in order to fire it up. But, I think that the electronic ignition module might be done. The battery that was in it was old and rusty, but it still registered 5.7 volts so I thought that might be enough to give a spark, but perhaps not. I'll buy a new battery today and try it out again. But if that doesn't do it, I'll have to see if you can still buy the ignition module. I see that the company is still in existence, so perhaps parts are still available?
Not much else going on. Enjoying having our son Alex here with us. Playing lots of cribbage and yahtzee and backgammon.
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