As many of you know we faced a few challenges this year, the biggest of which being the hailstorm that came through at the end of July. The resulting damage delayed the close up of the outposts and it was mid October by the time we were able to close up the cabins for the season. With a late close up the risk of snow and freezing temperatures brings a number of potential problems.
The first outpost we closed up was Job. The day was long and cold. Even with all the work, the setting of the remote lake proved to be peaceful and calming, almost recharging. Over the next week we would start as early as the sun came out and as late as we could before the light seeped out of the sky. With the rapidly shortening days I could feel the race against time to get the cabins closed up for the winter.
The work was tiring and I slept well after the long days. The weather warmed up (relatively speaking) through the week providing somewhat more comfortable working conditions in the middle of each day. With the days growing shorter and forecasts for the first blizzard in the coming days we raced to complete the work without delay.
We closed up Piesk last with my gloves falling apart before we wrapped up for the day. The long hard days paid off and we finished up just a day ahead of when the storm was forecasted to arrive.
As we went to each lake the memories came back from guests telling me about their big fish stories or special moments spent with friends and families. There is a special kind of joy that comes from providing people with a first class wilderness experience.
At the end of the week all I could think was how lucky I am to spend days working at a remote outpost in untouched wilderness. It truly is my little sliver of paradise.