Worker Bee Weekend

What a productive weekend we just had!  It was our annual spring “Worker Bee” weekend, where we invite guests up to help us out for a few hours on Saturday morning.  In return, everyone gets an extremely cheap weekend away up north.  We get a lot of work done in a short time, and everyone has fun doing it.  And afterwards there is always time to go for a paddle in the canoe, go for a hike on our nearby trails, or just have another beer on the deck!  A great way to spend some time in Algonquin Park during the spring.

This spring we had a rather small turnout, but it was quality over quantity!  We got the docks in the water (in our lake as well as the river put-in to High Falls), we chainsawed some trees that fell across our path in the storms of April, we moved canoes from their winter storage location, and prepped the herb garden for planting.  We also built a couple of “muskoka” chairs, flipped all the mattresses, hung the hammock chairs, and put all the picnic tables in place.  All this despite the on and off rain showers we got.  A big thanks to our volunteers!!

When we arrived on Friday night it was threatening to storm, but we managed to walk in before any rain arrived.  The “spring peepers” were  in full chorus!  For those of you unaware of the peepers, they are small frogs (2-3 cm, tan coloured with a distinctive “X” on the back) that “sing” very loudly all night long.  They usually call from the edges of the body of water in which they breed, hidden in the undergrowth.  It can be quite eerie if you don’t know what they are and have to walk along our path in the dark!  But, once you are used to them it is quite a soothing sound, and I find it helps me sleep quite soundly.  Kind of the same way the sound of ocean waves crashing against a beach does.  The peepers are a sure sign that spring is in full bloom, as we are only graced with their chorus during the spring.  Hence the name!  You can have a listen to the Spring Peepers mating call for yourself.

When we arrived at the Lodge, after our 2.5 km hike, we discovered that it was probably time to switch the turbines over to summer time use.  This means turning off one of the turbines entirely, and switching our baseboard heaters from inside to outside.  How did we realize this?  Well, it was 32.5°C inside when we arrived!  We opened all the windows and doors, turned on the ceiling fan, and had a drink on the deck while we waited for the building to cool down.  We didn’t need the sauna on the first night!  After a few hours it cooled down to a reasonable temperature, but calling the electrician to “summerize” us was added to the top of my Monday to-do list!