Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cabin Life: Back to Work

I’m sitting on a picnic table on the shore of Lake Champlain. Valcour Island is in front of me, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping.  Tonight is the calm before the storm so to speak, as the campground opens tomorrow.

Paved roads, electricity and hot showers are now plentiful, as is the wildlife.  There are three osprey nests within a half mile of my new cabin, and of course, the raccoons are around a lot.  Pico has been marking the yard, and that’s keeping them away for now, but the cats still aren’t going outside.

Opening the campground is nice, getting the place cleaned up.  Last year at this time, the entire site was under at least three feet of water.  I know, because we needed kayaks and boats to get in here and check on the place.  We didn’t open until the middle of July last year due to the epic flooding of the spring.  And only a little over a month later, we were shut down for a week because of Hurricane Irene.  In between those two events, it was a drought.

I finally found my bird book, and am really looking forward to learning the different birds.  Less than forty miles away, the cabin birds are on their own for the summer.  But the differences are stark.  The only birds I’ve seen that I had out at the cabin are robins.  But I’ve also seen the osprey, sea gulls, a bald eagle and some sparrows.

It’s good to be back to work, and the fact that I still get to be outside surrounded by wildlife (yes, I do mean campers as well as wild animals) is just superb.

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Having grown up in the southern Adirondacks, Justin has always been at home in the mountains of New York. After graduating from Paul Smiths College, he began his career in the environmental field working for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. After a brief five year detour to Florida, Justin returned to the Adirondacks to live off the grid in a small cabin with no running water or electricity.

Justin continues to work and play in the outdoors, and maintains a blog about living off grid, hiking, and being outside in the Adirondacks called Middle of the Trail.

3 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    I love this picture. My dogs are like this they can find comfort in the strangest positions.

  2. Valerie says:

    Hot showers must be a real treat after spending 6 months without having a shower at your other cabin.

  3. Justin says:

    It’s amazing what a dog thinks is comfortable! Not only was he resting on an anvil, I was running power tools and pounding nails a few feet from him, and he was asleep through the whole thing.

    Hot showers are definitely the thing I missed most living at the cabin!

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