It’s hard to believe it’s already December. The good thing about that is, it means we are one day closer to the walleye opener in the spring!!! Can you tell that cabin fever is starting to set in??? LOL
I decided to post some camp photos from the past (40+ years ago). It is interesting how fast time flies…
Below is an Em Kay Camp brochure printed in the 70’s:
The next photo (early 1970’s) actually made it to the brochure, but is in color. Ben Taylor the camp owner is the guy on the left helping hold up that big northern…
The next camp photo is really old! I’m guessing late 1950’s, early 1960’s. In this one my grandfather Vernon “Ben” Taylor is at the wood stove cooking sliced potato’s. Doc Holland is behind him with Swede Pearson in the background. They are in cabin 5, the shelf behind Swede is still hanging on the wall!!
The next photo (1970’s) is showing Grandpa “Ben” on the right with Bud Lesan tending to some meat on the grill and the main lodge as the backdrop.
The final picture (mid to late 70’s) is showing Ben Taylor (in hat) crouching in front of a mess of northerns with his hand around his beloved husky “Chinook”. I am old enough to remember uncle Ben owning that dog . Chinook loved to be petted and usually got a lot of attention from folks in the camp.
If you have any other classic Em Kay Camp photos, send them on to me to post on the blog.
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.
Here is Cabin 2 getting closer, notice the 6×6 beams we put into place to help support the “old” logs.
Here is the cabin lifted with a new roof. The “new” tool shed is in the foreground. The area still needed some worksite cleanup. 🙂
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.
One last picture of what the floor looks like when it’s completed.
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.
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.
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…
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”.
Finally, here is the cabin lifted, re-chinked, and painted, complete with a new roof.
The cabin currently serves as our bunk house with several beds stacked into it.