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Monday, October 17, 2011

Camp Closing Notes - 2011

Last shot of camp before departure.

Opened just in time to close - some random and incomplete notes as we shut things down for the season.

Camp Closing Crew

Done - Tree trimmed

Shock and Awe: For the first time in decades, there is no medicine chest in the kitchen

Partial: The cable configuration was made functional and phone transferred to cable.
More finishing work needs to be done.
Tools and parts on bedroom and bookshelf are needed to finish.
Winter visitors should leave these where I can find them in the spring.

Complete: Storm windows everywhere for the first time in decades

Partial: Here we are learning shut down procedures for the new well and plumbing.
This procedure is not documented nor well understood at this point.
We did drain the all pipes...

...and there are lots of pipes and valves...

... lots. So for this year, Beauchamp will finish winterizing the camp.

Important: This pipe hanging in the shed is important.
It is a key need to drain and refill the well in the fall and spring respectively.
Do not throw this pipe away.

Redo: There are issues with the stovepipe install on the wood stove.
It is functional but will need to be redone.

Notice: Firewood is stacked and loaded, but there is likely not enough firewood on site for extended winter stays.

Lots of other stuff to consider. there is debris, wood, cement, and stone supplies still stored around the camp. Landscaping and cleanup of the site is needed. Well water will need to be retested in the spring. All towels and bedding have been removed from camp and will need to be returned for future visitors. There is no scotch. The bourbon is low. However, there is an adequate supply of Wisconsin white whiskey.


Harlan Wallach said...

The latest from Binny's...


We too must admit some guilt in overhyping White Dog, the raw, unrefined distilled spirit that goes into barrels to become whiskey. Ignore the fact that the market is saturated with it, ignore that it's a tactic for young distilleries to make a quick buck.
You're still left with this question: What do you do with White Dog? Tasting this curio is educational, sure, but then what are we supposed to do with the other seven eighths of the bottle? It shows far too much chemical to mix like vodka, and it's just too eye-wateringly unpleasant to sip like whiskey or anything good. So yeah, there's nothing specifically wrong with New Make; we just don't want to have to drink it.

mw said...

I think we did better than the guy from Binny's, as we only have about 5/8 of the bottle of Death's Head White Whiskey left. I attribute this relative success to my aggressive campaign of forcing everyone in the family and every visitor at camp to sample the "vegetative bliss" of the spirit.