We had a very late spring this year causing us to make a mad dash to complete some big projects before our guests arrived for opening fishing. All of our cabins are in dire need of a fresh coat of paint on the outside. My goal was for Joanna and I to complete three cabins while John worked on finishing up our new floating dock. We didn't quite meet our goal as we surprisingly ran out of paint. It took ten gallons of paint just to complete the front of the two waterfront cabins. We had no idea how thirsty the siding on the cabins turned out to be. But we did finish cabin 1 and if I do say so myself, it looks quite marvelous. I can hardly stop looking at it. This paint is supposed to have a lifetime guarantee and it's going to have to last that long because I don't plan on painting these cabins again. It's a big job.
In the meantime, John worked on moving our existing docks to evenly space them, making more room to park larger boats. He plans on separating them and adding a six foot walkway which attaches to each single dock with hinges allowing them to go up and down with the water levels. Doing this will turn each 16 foot dock section into a 22 foot dock and allow us to park more boats on the lake.
The new dock system located next to the fish cleaning house is a very stable 8 foot wide 32 foot long floating dock connected by a ramp to a heavy duty rock crib anchoring it to shore. We can park four boats there now, but plan to add another two 16 foot dock sections, hopefully this fall and maybe end with a 20 foot "T" on the end. This will also be a swimming dock with a ladder. In the future we hope to build a sauna on shore near the dock for folks to get warm and run dive off the dock into the water. No fishing will be allowed on this dock to protect people from getting snagged by fish hooks.
I included above some pictures of our campground and the new fire pit right on the lake. With all the rain we've gotten lately, the lake is as high as I've ever seen it. I like it this way and hope that we get some more good rain each week to keep it that way and provide the moisture we need for all the plants and trees. Everything dries out so quickly here because of the sand/gravel soil. It also saves me lots of time watering trees and gardens. I really am thankful to live in such a beautiful place.