We hope this newsletter finds you well during the holiday season. Our family would like to thank all those who spent their summer vacations with us at camp. We still can’t believe the year is almost over but know that we aren’t the only ones anxiously awaiting to get back on Cedar in 2018!
Looking back, we had a mild spring and the earliest ice out (April 21st) in our five years at camp and we didn’t waste any time getting started on projects. Between working on our cabin’s addition, we were able to get a new water system installed in the basement, a new submersible water pump in the lake and got some much needed window replacements installed in cabins 1-4. Cabin 11 got a new water heater and a fresh coat of paint this fall. All seemed to be going well for our spring start up. A few weeks later trouble started. As some of you will remember after our Tuesday cook out, septic problems reared their ugly head for the second time that week. Yes, after installing the brand new septic system and leach bed in 2016, we were faced with more issues….collapsing orangeburg pipe installed in the 1960’s from cabin 1 to 5. After many blockages, multiple excavations, patches, sweat and tears (and poo), we were able to get things flowing through to the end of season. You know, you really don’t appreciate your flush toilets and running water until you go a day without, right? Well, we did go about a day without and we were blown away by how patient and supportive our guests were as we all endured this situation. It really made this stressful time bearable for Darren and I. We are relieved to say, “out with the old and in with the new!” The orangeburg pipe was replaced this fall hopefully bringing closure to major septic headaches for many years to come! All we have to do now is finish running new waterline and some final landscaping in the spring. Hallelujah! A few other updates to mention include new shingles on cabin 9 and the removal of some trees posing danger around camp. It’s always a great feeling to be able to check off a few projects each year!
Other news around camp- some asked what our girls were up to all summer as they weren’t out and about as much. Between running to Vermilion Bay a couple times a week to work with their horses, we did things a little different with their schooling and they spent the summer on studies. It was important for our family to have some down time in October, so it only made sense for them to get a head start on school while everyone else had summer break and mom & dad were busy working. Well, it paid off and we were finally able to get some family vacation time in this fall! Yay! The girls also got to do their first game day competition with the horses at the Waldhof Wranglers Arena in Vermilion Bay. They all agree it was a great summer in Canada.
The critters were plentiful in camp as usual with many chipmunks and ducks looking for handouts. They weren’t the only ones looking for an easy meal though…the pesky midnight bear was back at it again for the second year in a row. His late night raids were brought to an end after Darren put up some garbage saving electric fence. Haha! Hopefully this guy has learned his lesson and won’t return for another year of mischief. Angie, the friendly fox was out and about a good share of the season keeping the rodent population in check. Thanks Angie for all your hard work!
Last but not least, FISH! It was a good year overall and the fishing seemed to have improved some from last year with lots of eaters filling the freezers. The common theme going around was that the fish weren’t in their normal hotspots for a good share of our veteran anglers. We believe the mild springs and early ice outs have affected the “normal” seasonal habits of the fish leading the fisherman on a hunt for new honey holes….or as my dad would say, the grocery store. All in all, Cedar once again provided bountiful catches and precious memories for her guests!
In closing, we thank everyone again for making 2017 a special year at Camp full of good stories, good times and good fish. We are blessed to be part of the Cedar Lake family. Can’t wait to see you all next season!
2017 CATCHES OF THE YEAR
Walleye: 30” Dave Walter- June & Scott Enderby- Aug
Musky: 52” Mike Gregg – July
Northern: 40” Amy Spurgeon – May
SM Bass: 21 1/4” Neil Schindelar – June
Crappie: 15” James Cheshire- June
Perch: 13 3/4” Ben Michowski- July
God’s blessings to you this Christmas and throughout the New Year!
Darren & Merrilee
Maddi, Emmi, Lilli, Kaitlyn
and Livi too