The Journal Register (Medina, NY)


October 15, 2013

Finally Back to Camp


This past Wednesday, a trip was finally made to camp. A trip was planned the week before, but those darned eagles just keep me too busy here at home.
The hope was that all the tree stands would have been checked by now, and that any final preparations would have been made. So besides mowing the grass, stacking firewood on the front porch and doing a number of “before-winter-comes” tasks, a few stands still needed to be checked out.
Apparently there had been some windy conditions since my last visit, as there were a lot of apples on the ground. However, the deer must still be after acorns, because the apples haven't been touched.
On the way to camp I noticed there didn't seem like there was much fall color. It is there, but just not very striking, and it seems like a lot of leaves have already fallen. Looking across the valley from the cabin to Tibbets Hill, which always is very colorful, things looked dull. We also had 1.5 inches of rain since my last visit, so that may have contributed to the early leaf-falling and lack of color.
The lawn was cut and a couple of the “green” fields were mowed but not before there was a brush hog breakdown, which required some time that hadn't been figured into my work schedule.
One day, a climb up onto the cabin roof was made to clean the wood burner stove pipe. This should prevent any fire problems later in the season.
Another task that should have been done earlier was the removal of the pond aerator and barley floats. The barley floats are wire cages with foam floatation that hold barley straw (which produces enzymes that help cut down on the algae bloom during the summer). This is my last swim in the pond for the year (usually the last of September) and it is cold but the swim this weekend was the coldest! The air temperature was around 70 degrees, so that was good when I got out. Actually it wasn't really too bad once my body became numb! In fact, after the items had been removed from the pond, a quick swim-around and a wash-up were made.

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