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!

NEW DECK:

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!!

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

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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!!

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CABIN 3-4 LIFT:

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.

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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.

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We are almost there……

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

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New floor looks good!!

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SHOWER: 

It was glorious!!!!

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NEW BOAT HOUSE” AKA “RAYS COOP”:

Great job boys!!

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FLAGPOLE!!!!!

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

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

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

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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…….

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Cabin 2 upgrade

Here are a couple of before and after photo’s of cabin 2.  Cabin 2 is a cozy 12′ x 12′, perfect for two people (and possibly a dog).  Cabin 2 was raised off of the ground, new floor installed, new shingles, re-chinked and painted.  The completed project looks pretty sharp!!  It is my favorite cabin in the camp!!  enjoy

Cabin up in the air ready to be roofed.

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Here is Cabin 2 getting closer, notice the 6×6 beams we put into place to help support the “old” logs.Cabin 2 getting closer

Here is the cabin lifted with a new roof.  The “new” tool shed is in the foreground.  The area still needed some worksite cleanup.  🙂

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Here is Mike installing a floor in one of the cabins.  All of the cabins are getting new 3/4 inch tongue and groove plywood floors.

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One last picture of what the floor looks like when it’s completed.

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At the end of a long day, we like to relax, light a camp fire (weather permitting), cook some food and tell some stories, just like they did in the past.

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NEXT WEEK:  Photos of 2013 fishing.  Send me your favorite photo and I will post it on the blog.

Teaser Photo:  My 23 incher, caught September 2013 on a jighead/yellow worm, tipped with a night crawler.

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Cabin 5 Upgrade

It’s been a few weeks since I have updated the blog.  I was in Canada recently for a little R&R (and some work) and fantastic fishing for a hot August!!  We saw temps in the 90’s with humidity.  I thought I was back in Iowa.

A few years back, the family made a decision to update the camp.  It had been several years since anything major had been upgraded.  I call the upgrade a labor of love, some would call it something else (crazy comes to mind).  The group has spent countless hours procuring materials, hauling them to Canada, then across a few miles of water to the camp, pulled up the hill and finessed into their final resting place.  I will post a couple of pictures of the trailer loads at a later date.  Below is the “before” picture of cabin 5.  The bottom logs were sitting on the ground and starting to rot.  The floor on the inside was what they call a friendly floor…it had a wave to it…

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The next picture shows cabin 5 in the mid-lift position.  It took some effort to get it up to this height.  We used railroad jacks on each corner and many handy man jacks to help re-set the railroad jacks when they ran out of “jack room”.

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Finally, here is the cabin lifted, re-chinked, and painted, complete with a new roof.

Cabin 5 finished

The cabin currently serves as our bunk house with several beds stacked into it.