April, 2019- Camp Arrival!
Updated: Mar 20
Ryan is officially at camp! He left on Thursday April 18th, after a long week of packing and inventorying (not to mention a dozen friends coming by for “one last beer”). Customs and agents at border were very helpful and complimentary on our organization, and after 3.5 hours of paperwork, they sent him on his way. Arriving at the driveway, he couldn’t pull his van/boat all the way in due to the snow that still covered the ground, but within a day enough melted to finish pulling it all the way down the hill.
Ryan commemorated the arrival with a visit to Whiskey Jack Restaurant where all the locals were very welcoming, and the live music was quite symbolic of entry to this new lifestyle.
Currently there is still quite a bit of ice out there (30 inches thick a week ago), but those inches are thinning each day with the sun and warmer temperatures. Just from Saturday to Sunday, he noticed the ice push back about 250 yards from the falls, so it won’t be too long before it reaches our shoreline.
Between all his projects and moving in, Ryan is taking in the surroundings that so few get to see with their own eyes. A moose walking on the ice out front our cabin, two bald eagles “playing” off the deck, and coming within 8 feet from a grouse as he explored camp yesterday. 60’s and sunny yesterday, and we’re just so grateful the weather has cooperated so he could get a head start prepping and settling in.
He’s also had a few visitors already stopping by to welcome us to the neighborhood. I’m a little jealous to say the least (probably as you are too), but know in good time I’ll get to join him. Anyone watch the Last Alaskans?i am reminded of that show as i look at these pictures- the late spring that can be brutal yet majestic:
This may become a tradition to end blogs with a sunset pic- here the first one of 2019. As always, please visit Tallpinescamp.com for booking/contact info. I’ll keep everyone posted on the ice-out, and we thank everyone for all the well wishes. God Bless!