Amish horse and buggy in upstate New York. Photo taken yesterday.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Ithaca, New York.

Where are they going next? Beavertown, Pennsylvania... hopefully today!

And after that? Heading towards Lexington, Kentucky.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A new swim raft for the park!

A beautiful day yesterday and with quite a few campers in the park we recruited some of the guys to help out putting our new swim raft together. It's quite heavy duty, and it's huge! 16' x 16'.

It came in two sections that had to be bolted together, and of course it's heavy. So then you have to build it on a trailer of some sort so that you can put it in the water right side up.

But first, we had to bolt the flotation things to the bottom while it's upside down. Then we had to flip over each section individually.

I'm doing a good job of supervising in this picture!

Flipping it right side up.

Then we had to bolt them together.

Ready to put it in the water.

Ruth took a video of it going in the water...


Fortunately, the tractor didn't sink too much, and it walked right back up the beach with the empty trailer...


The very first campers using our new swim raft.

That raft will get a lot of use over the summer. Because we don't have a very large beach, many people swim out to the raft. The old one was getting, well, old... and needed to be replaced. This one was certainly not cheap, and we hope to get ten years or more out of it. Money well spent in this case.

Another beautiful day today!

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18 comments:

  1. Looks great! I hope it hauls out as easily as it went into the lake.

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  2. Love the swim raft...they should have those in lakes here in USA.

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    1. The kids love the swim raft! The older one got used a LOT the first summer we were here and the last two summers we didn't have enough water in the bay to safely use the raft again so I am sure that they are going to get a ton of enjoyment out of this new one this summer.

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  3. Is the water temp. good for swimming yet!

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    1. I guess for some people it is!

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    2. Kids don't feel the cold :) Great looking raft.

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    3. You're right Contessa, the kids don't care what the temperature of the water is, they just want to swim. :-)

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  4. First time I ever saw a raft being built. Pretty interesting.

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    1. Yep, it was a bit of a task! Kevin was going to work on it this week and he said that if he had done it himself along with Barry's help it would probably had taken 1 to 2 days to do it. He was happy to have all the extra help. They did a fantastic job on it.

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  5. What fun they'll have with that - very nice!!!

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    1. The kids are going to love it! :-)

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  6. Reminds me of when we were there and group came up the river on a pontoon boat from another town. Meet and greet. Beautiful pictures.

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    1. Thanks Chris! We still get people coming down from the river to spend a few hours at the park.

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  7. Nice team work. Nice to know no tractors were harmed during the process... :cD

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    1. Yes, it was great team work! No tractors were harmed putting the raft in, not sure we will be able to say the same when we go to pull it out at the end of the summer.

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  8. Nothing like a good swim raft out in the lake, I am sure it will get lots of good use.

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    1. It is going to get a TON of use, this summer!

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