June 2014 trip

It’s hard to believe that two weeks have passed since we were at camp.  We all had a great time working on the camp, and still had time to go out and catch limits of walleyes on several days.  The fishing was outstanding!!  We also had time to eat well, and as my cousin Eric would say, “laugh like only you can at Em-Kay”….

Some of the things we got accomplished this week were: building a new deck, lifting cabin 3-4, put a new floor in cabin 3-4, installed pex piping throughout the lodge, installed a new shower, and added an RV pump to our water system.  Now we can take real showers instead of a “drip”.  We reassembled an old chicken coop that will be our new boat house.  We affectionately call it “Ray’s Coop”.  We also had to repair the dock which didn’t hold up to the brutal winter.  Last but not least, we put up a flag pole to fly the camp flag in memory of my grandmother Alice, who passed away in the fall of 2013. 

Now for a few pictures of the trip… enjoy!


Getting a good start on the new deck.  You can see the outline of the old deck.  The new deck is more than twice the size of the old one.  When seeing it at this stage, I could hardly wait to see it completed!!



This next picture shows all of the joist’s installed, sure hope everything is level at this point!!



Hey, the new deck is completed!  It didn’t take long to begin using the added space to store coolers, totes, and a couple of chairs, so we could sit down and take a load off after a hard day’s work!!  It really turned out nice!!





The cabin measures 16′ by 30′ and was sunken into the ground.  We needed to dig down a foot so we could set the jacks to start the lift.  It took railroad jacks on the corners and a dozen handy man jacks to get this ‘ol girl off the ground.



Below is a mid-lift view of how many jacks we had on one side of the cabin.  It was very helpful to have a few extra handy man (red) jacks for this lift.



We are almost there……



The lift is over.  We needed to get the doors on it, but we are close….. 



New floor looks good!!





It was glorious!!!!





Great job boys!!





Setting it in place, making sure it is plumb….



The raising of the flags, in memory of Grandma Alice Taylor, what a great moment!!!



A picture of part of the gang under the newly installed flag pole.  A great addition to the camp!!




I thought I would end with this panorama shot that my brother took.  He was standing on the bluff at the camp one morning looking south.  It is a great picture that could be turned into a postcard.  It must have been awesome to hear the north woods come alive that morning.  Until next time, keep your rod tip up, line tight, and we’ll see ya up north…….
































4 thoughts on “June 2014 trip

  1. Debbie Spivey says:

    Wow! Lots of hard work. Makes ya feel good doesn’t it? Love the progression in photos. Were you sore afterwards?

    • Vince T says:

      Thanks for the comment Debbie, I thought I replied to you already but see that it isn’t out there. It was a great week, I wasn’t sore as much as I was exhausted from the business of the week. It’s good to get away, but also good to get back home. Thanks for following the blog!!

  2. Scott Aanes says:

    A good friend of my grandparents named Bob and Sue Shaw owned the cabin to the west of the camp. It is now owned by Kurt Paulsen who lives in Des Moines. I went there every summer from age 8-18 (1978-1988) when I graduated high school. I can remember walking the path between the cabin and camp to get minnows or a cup of flour or some milk so Sue could make pancakes for “her boys.” Willie was always right there to help out and Ben showed me how to hook a minnow through the back so it would swim around still. Even though its been 25 years since I’ve been there, I can picture it all like it was yesterday. I decided to see if there was anything online about the camp and I’m glad I found it. I don’t know if you know Kurt or not, the owner of the cabin to the West. His son was unfortunately murdered this past weekend here in Des Moines. Very sad. I’m hoping he’ll take me back there some time. My dad would love to go too. I’ll keep checking back for updates, love seeing the big ol’ walleyes….

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