2017 SUMMER BLOG – Spring to July 4th

Spring is such a great time in the Park before the main crowd comes for the summer, the Park is quiet and as it begins to bud and bloom.  The animals begin to show for the summer and we occasionally get to see birds that are migrating to the tundra of the north for the summer such as the swan on Johnson Lake across the road.

In the late spring, we normally get to see our momma moose with the scares on her side and she usually brings one or two little ones with her when she visits the Park.  This year we saw her twice shortly after we got here and she didn’t look like she was going to have a baby this spring.  Not long after she was in the park, a yearling heifer moose with an orange collar.  She really looked like her mother with the same coloring and the same bushy, blond fur on the hump of her back.  It’s not the first time that the calves that have been born in the Park or close by have come back to visit us often and sometimes have even had calves of their own in or near the Park.  A few years ago, we had a pair of yearling twins that spent a lot of time in the Park.  They used to tease us by pretending to eat our flowers and vegetables although we never saw them actually eat anything.  And the next year, the female of the pair birth her own calf in the Park right under our living room window.  Later in the spring we did have a momma moose bring her new calf into the park several times, but we never got a picture of the two of them until later that fall.  You will see that photo later in the blog.


Collecting Poop – who knew?


Now my sister, Sally had a good idea about using female moose poop, the small tubes of dried grass, twigs, leaves and other vegetation that female moose eat.  She decided to collect the poop and then soak them in hot wax.  Then when they dried, you could put them in the wood in the fireplace and light them, and then they would light the larger wood for the fire.

We have a lot of moose poop in the park in the spring.

We are big fans of Kansas University Basketball and try to watch all the games during the season.  We have seat pads to use around the firepit from some of the universities in the Big 12 and some from other family members from other universities such as Nebraska and Purdue.  We are always eager to get seat pads from other universities to hang on our wall and this summer we added a new one.  John and Kim Brooks, who are regular summer residents of the Park are BIG Texas fans, so this year we gave them a special opportunity to add their seat pad to the Park Wall. She was desperately trying to put it higher that the other Big 12 pads but it wouldn’t stay that high.


4th of July


On the 4th of July we had a special Potluck dinner for the entire Park.  We invited all of the Park residents to come spend the afternoon with us, asked them to bring their own favorite potluck dish and we would furnish hamburgers, brats, hot dogs and all the fixings!

Plus we had our own famous guitarist, banjo player and singer, Bill Jackson from Montrose, CO entertaining the crowd.


WHAT A PARTY IT WAS!


 

2017 SUMMER BLOG – Our Family Starts to Arrive

Although they are not immediate family, Tom Wilson and his great grandson, Braden arrived on the 3rd of July followed by Ryan and Kameron Pyle on the 6th.  Kam and Braden went trout fishing over at Johnson Lake all the time.  For one evening meal, Kam cooked a mess of trout wrapped in foil in the Chiminea, Ryan cooked cheese-noodles and made salad for our evening meal.  Both boys were responsible for keeping wood available on the deck for our evening fires in the Chiminea.

 

 

 


Now how did that little car ever pull that 5th Wheel to Alaska?


Actually there is a large group of campers that have modified their trucks that used to pull 18 wheelers, to pull 5th wheels.  They have left room on the back of the truck to allow them to carry their little Smart Car to use as an extra vehicle.  We met two of the couples this summer and the Church’s stayed with the whole month of July.

 

As much fun as the party was, we still had work to do on the Park.

For the past few years raspberry vines and grass have been taken over part of our front driveway area. So one of our beautification projects this year was to eliminate the vines and grass and clean up the area.  It turned out to be a lot of work.  John cleaned out the big vines while I cut down all the grass and little vines with the WEED EATER FROM HELL. We use the 4-wheeler and trailer to haul all the vine and grass clippings around to the back and dump them over the bank. We had it pretty much cut down by the time Ryan and Kameron arrived the 6th of July.   Ryan helped with the clearing of all the vines and grass and helped cut some of the grass along the grader ditch.

Todd arrived on the 20th and used the 4-wheeler to pull the WEED EATER FROM HELL around to the road to clear the grass along the road ditch.  After about a couple of hours of that work he got almost to the cleaning table. Then the raspberry vines, cottonwood saplings, willow trees and rocks became too much for even the WEED EATER FROM HELL to handle.  I guess it will be a job for next spring to cut all the vines and saplings down before the grass gets high.


Dog Sitter Business


Oh, by the way, we have a new Dog Sitter Business in our Park.  It’s Kim Brook’s new profession and she gets so caught up in her job that she forgets which way she is walking!  Actually several campers this past summer ask where to find dog sitters so they could take fishing trips or tours.  Kim loves dogs and always has baked dog cookies just for them.  This summer she dog sat for several of our campers and they gave her tips, so now she is declaring a new business for the Park, Dog Sitting.  So you need to leave your dogs to take a tour or a fishing trip while you are staying in the Park, Kim is the person to see!