The snowmobile, however was another story. It didn’t work out so great. Dad managed to get it running, so he started out towards the airplane. Our plan was to pack down a runway so that it would freeze by Sunday when we planned to leave. He managed to get it onto the snowshoe trail, but about halfway to the plane, the machine slipped off the trail and into the fresh snow. We really got an idea then just how deep the snow was. Needless to say, the machine is still sitting there in the snow. We put some wood blocks under it so that it wouldn't freeze in, but I don’t think it will be going anywhere for a while!
It wasn’t long before Dad was measuring the front wall, facing the lake and cutting the first piece of tongue and groove pine. Our main focus for the trip was getting the cabin shoveled out, organized, and putting up as much pine on the walls as possible. Before we knew it, we were half-way up the first wall. Dad showed me how to work with the tongue and groove, how to measure our pieces, use the air nailer, and cut the boards to size. It didn't take me long to figure out what I was doing. Once we got a system down, I think we made a pretty good team! Day one went great, we nearly finished the entire front-facing wall. The generator ran great, the propane heater we brought was fantastic, and everything was coming together nicely!
In a little bit of a panic, we put our heads together and came up with a plan. The fire would be enough to keep us warm while working during the day, as long as we kept putting wood in it. As for night time... we could use our little “Buddy Heater” which only takes a small amount of propane, but only heats a very small space. Or we would need to sleep where the heat was - high up. We began to construct a bed in the rafters, which was seeming like our best option. I tried out the bed, which was comfortable and most definitely warm, but without any safety railings I felt like I could roll off in the night. Also, being so close to the ceiling made me feel claustrophobic. I told Dad this and he didn’t even want to try it out. It was time to put our thinking caps on again.
We began putting up the tongue and groove and within no time we finished off the front facing wall. We really had a system down now and managed to finish 3 more walls after that! It was a gorgeous day. The sun shining through the windows was almost enough to keep us warm. The view was breathtaking. I took a break to step outside and admire our surroundings. There truly is beauty to be found at that place, even through all of the burnt trees.
We started to clean up around 5:00 p.m. again and poured a couple of drinks. We then decided to move the remaining pine to the finished section of the cabin, along with the make-shift kitchen and the groceries. We were all set to start on the biggest wall in the morning. Dad made dinner again. Pork chops and beans this time… it was actually pretty good! We went to bed early again, pretty much right when it turned dark. This time, however, we kept the propane heater going all night and didn’t worry about the fire at all. It stayed nice and warm in the cabin all night.
Until next time,