new hampshire

april showers bring...may showers

As hard as I try I cannot control the weather. In the summer I wish I could snap my fingers and make the wind disappear on the lake. Come winter I would like to dance a jig and get a few feet a powder. Every fall…well fall in NH is pretty perfect. This spring, though, I have definitely been trying to will the rain away but have had no luck yet. It is great for our trees, grass and the health of the lake but is really delaying our landscaping, painting and outdoor work at camp (and keeping mountain biking trails too wet to ride).

These shots are typical of the weather lately. The lake is super high (and a wee bit chilly still). Up at the cabins I was on the roof blowing leaves and pine needles away and snapped this shot just before the sky opened up on me.

The bottom line is that, according to our instagram poll yesterday, 72% of you say the sun will make an appearance again someday and that is good enough for me!

See you outside!

Winter @ camp

I was up at camp this past weekend checking things out and doing a few small projects. While I cannot wait for spring and boats and good times I do love how nice and clean the place looks all covered in snow.

It's a new year!

Happy New Year to all of our campers and friends! We have been busy these past few weeks assembling our new staff and helping parents sign kids up for camp. Paperwork is not always fun so I try to get to the lake and tinker around a few times a month during the winter. I was up there the other day and things are looking icy!

So far there is not much snow yet and, weirdly, the lake is still mostly unfrozen but there is a glaze over pretty much everything else!

Someone definitely appreciated the open water:

Hit us up any time!

-Evan

Fall at the lake

Camp is always gorgeous but we are currently in that not-so-sweet time in NH after the leaves have turned brown and mostly fallen and before the snow has covered the ground.

Tomorrow I will be getting started on fall cleanup around the property and then hopefully we will have a fresh blanket of fluffy snow by the weekend!

fall projects

This is always a fun time of year for us at camp. There is a brief window between our busy summer season and winter recruitment where we can focus on our long property maintenance to-do list!

Last week we tackled a project that has been on the list for years: a brand new fire pit. Campfires are always a good time at camp and our previous spot was not 100% ideal.

Step one was removing the big rocks that lined the old pit and filling it in with dirt.

We rented a tractor to do the heavy lifting for us on this project. It took a ton of work to move the big rocks and then five full scoops of dirt to fill in the old fire pit. The above pictures show where we dumped the rocks, the old pit filled in with dirt and a POV shot of us scooping dirt!

Next was prepping the future fire pit area. Previously there were two giant piles of stone and dirt which we smoothed out to create a flat spot to build the fire pit. We then used the rocks from the old pit to create our new one (with the tractor’s help of course).

The finished product! The new fire pit is way in the corner of our field overlooking the property. We are ready for fires, s’mores and ghost stories next summer!

These were my helpers for this project. Finn and Kai may not be driving boats yet but they are awesome tractor operators!