Located in the woods 20 minutes from Sussex, it is enjoyed all year long.
Built over several years and always more being added and improved every year.
It is used as:
- Base camp during hunting season.
- Maple sugar camp in the spring.
- Location for some large parties.
- Location to host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
Easter is Maple Syrup time.
Old fashion Thanksgiving dinner at the Camp. Family and Friends come from all around. Some have already left. Most of the rest are inside. The trees are starting to show their fall colors. The fish pond got a new dock in the summer.
Went to the camp to prepare for Winter and for Maple Syrup season in the Spring. This is the second snow of the season and it may stay until Spring. Shortly the roads will not be drivable with the truck. The pond is mostly frozen. The skitter wont be needed until next wood cutting season.
Old fashion Thanksgiving dinner at the Camp. Family and Friends come from all around. The pond is to attract the deer while waiting in the little hut. Showing just a few of the lines to collect maple sap. The Maple trees have only stated to change color.
The joists under the camp have rotted a bit. One of the supports for the deck on the side has collapsed. The camp does not have a cement foundation and is built on the ground. In attempts to keep the wild life from getting under the camp and keep the cold out in the winter it was closed up. After 20 years of having no air flow, the joists have rot some, causing the floor inside to be springy.
The solution is to take all the boards off one side of the camp. Get someone small to crawl under the camp. One joist at a time, Jack the camp up at each end of the joist just enough to slide a new joist in place then set it back down. This time a few openings with wire mesh will be used to allow some air to flow under the camp. These will be closed off in the winter to keep the cold out.
The lillies are out in bloom by the pond.
Maple syrup season at the camp has come to an end. On Earth day 2011 I helped remove the taps from the trees and clean out the lines and equipment so it can all be used another year. The snow is all gone and teh trees are starting to bud. The skys were clear and I shot this pano of the stars at the camp.