Sunday, July 1, 2018

Camp Longfellow Phase 1 Complete

Phase 1- Getting an area cleared out and after 2 months, we can say that that has finally been accomplished. With a ton of hard work we got it done. Now we can move onto Phase 2. Road work and gravel. I will kind of give you a virtual tour of our plan.
This is where we plan to come in to our area. As you can see there are a lot of trees to get through.
Same view with the trees gone.

Looking back to the road.
So we plan to put gravel in this area for a road that will loop around to our campsite.
This picture is after taking a 90 degree turn and proceeding down the loop looking backwards. Straight ahead would be a parking area and to the left would be another parking area.
We may put a pedestal in there because that is where our electrical will feed out of. In the future we would like to remove more of that brush and widen that. But that will be another year down the road. Then we come up to the area we would like to put our camper on. We would probably put 2 sites there back to back in case anyone would happen to find us.
This little hill would be leveled and graveled to make our 2 sites.
Then this would be the exit and take you back out to the highway. In the future there will always be lots of clearing to do but this would be the minimum to get our rig in there to start utilizing the area. If you recall we rented a wood chipper to remove a ton of brush from before. Well we got another ton to chip and that is what we did.

The pictures don't show the actual size of the brush piles but they are huge. Kendra helped us again because this was just not a 2 person job.
This next picture shows our biggest pile of wood chips from our largest brush pile. It was about 6 feet tall and about 10 feet long.
I was able to push through the pain with my arthritis. Also because it has been very wet lately the mosquitos where out in force. They aren't bad in the open areas but if you get by the trees, they will carry you away. I think we donated at least a pint of blood that day.

So that is what our plan looks like for now. We have another month here before we start heading to New Mexico.

My jury duty is finally over. I was summoned twice and only served on one jury. I am glad that is over. I know it is your civic duty and all that, but they could really make it worth your while. I got paid $20.00 a day plus mileage. So after 2 days I ended up with just under $48.00.

Also I would like to add that I finally got a call back on a temp job that I applied for while we are here. I am working for the local Dodge dealer to deliver vehicles to new owners. There was a group of 7 of us to deliver trucks from West Central Minnesota to the ND DOT in Bismarck ND. I get paid next Friday for that so we will have to see how that goes.

I got to drive a 2018 Dodge 2500. Very nice truck. The only complaint that I would have about it is that it rode like a truck. I don't know if it was because it was brand new and the suspension was incredibly stiff or that they where running 90 psi in the tires. I think I felt every bug I ran over as if it was a speed bump.

We have a couple of small trips planned for the future so stay tuned. Same bat time, same bat channel.


  1. Congrats that’s a lot of work! No more poison ivy I hope. What a nice job driving new trucks around!

    1. Thanks. If you and Steve know how to run a chainsaw, I can give you our undisclosed location. Free beer. That works for Jim so I thought I would try it.

    2. Oh you had Steve at chainsaw and free beer!

    3. Yes, all the Milwaukee's best you can drink.

  2. Do you have any openings for one night the first week of November? We would like power as we want to run our fireplace and space heater all night!

  3. We're heading towards NM in about a month as well.....maybe our paths will cross. All your site work looks great!!

  4. We made a commitment with the Tram company so we will be in Albaquerque.

  5. Looks like hard work will pay off and be a great spot to hang out for awhile. Bill & I wouldn’t mind doing something similar except we have no idea where we want to be. Oh well - gotta keep moving til somehwere we go says “Here!”

    1. Minnesota keeps drawing us back because of family. What ya gonna do?