Today Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, thus spring is on it’s way!
What does this mean for this Idahodian? It means camping season is getting closer! As some of you blog followers may know, I took a trip out to the Hideout a few weeks ago. There’s about 2-3 feet of snow, so if it does melt fairly quickly in the coming weeks, it’s gonna make for one sloppy mess!
I don’t have many plans for the hideout this year (not yet anyway). I really want to focus on cleaning the area up, leveling out some ground, and fixing everything winter has broken.
One thing I have been putting a lot of thought into, was trying to make some type of shelter, so I could keep my stuff up there during the weeks that I’m not there, oh and also sleep in it. That tends to be the biggest hassle when going up there for a few days, packing ALL of our camping gear, just to pack it all back a few days later. I’ve thought of everything from a simple shed, to a Pallet Cabin, to a school bus, to a van, even a camper (which I claim I’ll never buy, cuz, well, that’s not real camping). So stay tuned. I’ll have some new idea cooked up soon…I’m Sure…
I wanted to go out to the property to see how much snow there was out there this time of year. But because they don’t plow the roads out there in the winter, and because I don’t have a snowmobile, I had to snow shoe in. Which I estimate is about a 1.5 mile walk. So I pushed the Toyota in there as far as I could, and started walking.
I’ve never used snow shoes before, so it was quite an adventure, I was told in advance to expect to go face first into the snow a few times, which I only did once.
One of the first things I saw was some elk. It felt like I hadn’t seen one in years. Saw some big ole turkeys too.
Leaving the property
Finally, back at my pickup, first time on snow shoes was a success
The only think I was a little disappointed with was that I didn’t get to look around the property more, but I was so exhausted from using those shoes that I needed to get back as soon as I could before I got too tired.
I went to viola today to work on my winter project, the stove. I cut the door out, and built hinges.
Here’s the photos. (keep in mind I can’t weld worth a damn, so grandpa/dad had to help me out after I left.)
Used the plasma torch to cut the door out.
Welded hinges on the body, and the door.
The next step will be to weld the body/tank to the base, an old Mack brake drum.
Until next time
We invited some people up for Labor Day. An open invitation to our friends to bring their families up.
Regretfully, we didn’t take very many pictures. But we had a good time; Here’s what we took.
Man! Was it cold up there in the mornings. Frosty in fact. Glad we didn’t sleep in the hammocks! As you can see, we did a few things to the hammock stands. We added a frame that goes over the top so that a tarp can be placed over it, protecting us from the elements. Our own little gazebo, designed and built by Britt’s Dad and I.
And here’s the dog’s setup. However! I got a new dog house to put in it too. 🙂
They did pretty good in the kennel. Britt and I weren’t sure if they were just gonna bark the whole time or not; but they actually did pretty well. Only barked when other groups came and had dogs. We were pretty excited.
Lastly, a couple pictures of us and our sign. Although, I’ve updated it since this picture was taken. (That will be for another post).
So, Until next time.
Well, some friends from the hospital wanted to go camping, so I invited them up to the hideout for a few days.
The trip actually started the day before when Britt and I went out to mow the grass and check on the hammock stands we built during the last trip up there. Well, The posts were loose. so I repacked dirt in while Britt worked her butt off mowing the ever expanding plot of grass. Well, even after, we were a little unsure of whether the posts would hold our weight. so we decided to anchor them.
So before Zac, Conner, and I went out on Monday, I went hunting for parts. I got some cable from my grandpa Dennis. some old water pipe for the anchor, and some more eye-bolts and clamps to hold the wire. and it worked like a dream!
and with that, the hammock project was a complete success!
I even slept in it after a crazy thunder storm that my grandma later said was the worst she’d seen in some years…and I stayed dry!
Then after a long and HOT hike, I made some fish from my previous post.
I actually think I prefer sleeping in a hammock over a tent, it’s a little weird to get used to at first, but man is it a good sleep. Probably the best camping sleep I’ve had. go buy one!
Until next time.