Archive for June, 2012

June 24, 2012

Saying Goodbye for Another Year

We did a hot breakfast and then said goodbye to two boatloads who went upriver to Tanana to catch their planes.  It is hard to say goodbye but most all say they will be back next year.  Syd and Tarek left just after with Melissa, they were going to try and show her McKinley on the way home.  She is one wonderful young lady.  The remaining 5 are taking the Kodiak from here.  We went to Galena to fuel up then hit some weather on the way back through the passes.  We diverted quite a ways east in order to go around it but all in all a good trip home.  We said hello to the Maine team on the runway and wished them well for their week.  I miss the river already and haven’t left yet.

June 23, 2012

Frantic Friday

Everyone frantically trying to finsih all the projects around camp and in the kitchen.  Bath house looks great even if not quite done.  Roger did a pretend flush video where it looks like he flushed the toilet but the water is not into the bathouse yet and he flushed with a bucket.  Great fun ayway.  Plumbers due in the end of the week to tie in the water.  We did a remake of the unloading of the boat from Ruby; we got all 26 people into the boat and then had them pile out quickly as we filmed what that looks like.  It was hard to tell whether we were smiling more on the remake cause we were laughing or smiling more on the real unloaded in relief of being off that boat.  Gina finished 1594 cookie balls, totally blowing out of the water the goal of 600.  Counting the several hundred that got eaten during the week, this wonderful lady made over 2000 cookies.  And she said the first day that she didn’t really make cookies!!!!  We did some serious scrubbing on the kitchen and prepped food for today and the team coming in tomorrow.  I am tired today, hitting the wall.  The entire team is.  They finished that entire concrete pad, pouring lots of yards of concrete by hand with a small mixer while mining their sand and gravel.  It took a big crew over 2 days but will be a new generator building eventually.  They didn’t even break for lunch either day, we sent up lunches.  Affirmation night was today with 9 new people being honored for being there.  We finished our last Fill or Bust dice game.  No Dice Singleton again scored the most no dice cards and Tarek won again.  Will miss out games and discussions.

June 22, 2012

Happy Camp

We are spending the days keeping up with meals and making cookie balls.  The crews are eating cookies almost as fast as we can make them.  Tonight is turkey night (Thanksgiving dinner on the Yukon)  The turkey makes everyone sleep well and then they work better the next day.  This has been an emotional day.  God seems to be working in everyones hearts.  The boat trip really helped to jell the teams into one unit.  Everyone is getting along, work is going well,  This is a happy camp.

June 21, 2012

Monday at Camp

Everyone was anxious to be working today, no breaks, trying to catch up from yesterday.  When God wants you to take a day of rest he sometimes really shows you what that means like he did for us yesterday.  We made pizza for dinner trying to use the stuff we had thawed and had ready for the last 3 days when not one meal went as planned.  We made lots of gourmet pizzas like Chicken artichoke sundried tomatoe with a garlic white cheese sauce, and BBQ pork and pineapple.  Eat your heart out Mooses Tooth!!

June 20, 2012

Ruby for Church

The teams decided to boat to Ruby for church services this morning.  Since 26 of 28 were going I decided to go along.  We decided to take two boats when so may wanted to go.  We packed a buffet lunch as the group in Ruby does a pot luck when we come down.  Left early, the first part of the trip felt like traveling on a lake the river was so smooth but winds picked up about 1/2 way there and it got a bit bumpy.  Pulled into Ruby with time to spare, great service, nice lunch.  I was on the first boat to leave, second boat was loading and we were about 30 minutes upriver when Roger realized that the other boat was faster and should have caught up by then.  We turned around and found them dead in the water floating back to Ruby and almost there.  Roger jumped over to try and get the motor running.  We used our boat to naviagate while tied to the side and kept the boat from going ashore.  We were just pulling back into Ruby when the engine fired and off we both go upriver again.  The second engine run to just about where we found them before and quit again for no reason.  They got it running and we continued upstream with frequent stops, tinkering, and roaring back to life.  After an hour of this Roger gave up and back to Ruby we went.  They changed the prop to a power prop and loaded all 26 of us into the boat, (fortunately it was the big boat that was still running).  We motored slowly up river for a bit but when Roger tried to get the boat on step, the prop spun out.  Now we were floating  on the Yukon, overloaded and without engine.  Such excitement.  We put the old prop back on, prayed a whole bunch and it held.  It was a slow trip back upriver.  We had to stop and borrow gasoline from a camp, the weight just ate up the gas.  We limped into camp after 7pm, hungry and grateful for enough excitement to bond us together and not so much that anyone was hurt or required rescue.  I wouldn’t have wanted to be on that river with anyone other than Roger Huntington, he knows the river, boats, engines and keeps his cool through it all.  We were blessed on this trip.

June 19, 2012

New Teams in Camp

The weather broke this afternoon and the planes got out and brought the Crossings team.  What a blessing these women are.  Tarek and Sydney arrived by float plane just before dinner.  Kathy and Gina from the crossing both came to work in the kitchen, what incredible miracles these two are.  Gina is tasked with making all the cookies for the kids camps and freezing the dough.  Kathy can run this kitchen with her eyes closed.  We have set a goal for 600 cookies for camp, won’t be enough but should really help the next cooks.  If we could keep the current team from eating so many we might get more frozen, sigh.  We got groceries today.  Yeah for lettuce that traveled well, and my darling daughter sent avacados, treat treat treat on the Yukon.  We were so out of whipped cream and dream whip that we made whipped something from coffee creamer, actually tasted quite good.  We will keep it for back up replacement for dream whip.

June 19, 2012

The Change Out Days

I could not get internet so am catching up on the events from last week.  Both Friday and Saturday were change out days, one team leaving and one coming in.  Both days should have been 22 for lunch and ended up feeding both the teams the could not get out for weather and those coming in who made it.  Sure changes your menu in a hurry. Got rid of lots of leftovers when you have 10 extra for lunch.  One Friday the team ended up boating to Ruby and the plane picked them up there due to crosswinds on our airstrip.  They loaded the Casa, unloaded the Casa and prayed alot to get it off the airstrip.  The change of bodies changes the dynamics of the camp.  Hard to say goodbye but fun to say hello to all the returning brothers and sisters from last year.

June 7, 2012

Logistics of the Yukon Wilderness

When you are feeding a crowd no amount of planning will make you have what you need.  My poor daughter is trying to shop for the critical items we are missing but we are having internet problems and limited service-she doesn’t know how to get it to a plane to get it flown in.  If anyone there can find Greg or Howard and call my daughter she will have about 50# of items we really need tonight.  Hope there is room on the plane tomorrow or perhaps on Saturday.  Will make the difference on four days menus-we really need it, please, please, please find room

June 6, 2012

Imagine what Heaven must be like

if it is many times more wonderful than here.  I think heaven will just be the Yukon river with sunshine, serenity, and minus the mosquitoes.  It is a beautiful day.  They are finishing the ceiling in the bath house, there are cabinets in the girls area and counter tops minus the sinks.  One group is out fishing, one is up the mountain for a picnic.  Tomorrow they should finish their portion of the project.  They have done a great job regrading around the bathhouse and dining hall.  There was water in the basement this spring and lots of stuff got wet.  Hopefully, this will stop that problem.  I get an easy day, I am taking the afternoon to rest and wash my clothes, dinner is already done and lunch is ready to eat. 22 people is just not enough to keep me busy.  I have decided I am going to make the cookie dough for all the camps for the summer and freeze it.

June 6, 2012

Wednesday Fishing

A few of us are going to run down the river and try to catch dinner.  Shee fish is good eating as long as we catch some of them and not all Pike.  I made a meatloaf big enough to feed us all for two meals just in case.  A 12# meatloaf is almost a work of art.  There is no real way to figure out what it will taste like until you cut into it.  You just dump into the Hobart and hope for the best.