S: Libby Camps 2010
FC: Libby Camps 2010
1: It can be said that our 2009 trip to Libby Camps never really ended, it just continued throughout the year and stretched right into 2010. During our visit in 2009, there was a lot of excitement in camp surrounding the latest litter of Brittany puppies. Needless to say Rachel, Rebecca, and Jess were pressing hard for us to take a pup. By the end of our first night there, I sorta knew we'd be taking one. Actually, I had a feeling I'd cave in long before we even made it to camp. A puppy from Libby's would be like taking a piece of camp home, and that was pretty much all it took for me!
2: A month later, I would drive up to Bangor where our newest family member was being flown down from camp. It would be a new venture for us as much as it was a new world for her, and after a bit of a rough start Brandy is now an irreplacable member of the family.
3: I was invited to help with the annual "Ice Cutting" in January 2010, as the camp was going to be shorthanded. So Brandy and I packed up the truck and headed North. After a short snowmobile ride, we were at our home away from home - Libby's
4: Cutting ice from the lake like they did a hundred years ago-well, except for the chainsaws... | It was hard work, but lots of fun. IT's great to have ice in August, especially if you helped cut it back in January!
5: Libby's is beautiful in the summer, but the frozen lake and snow add elements that are simply breathtaking.
7: And after a long wait, we return to our traditional family retreat - Libby Camps!
8: As soon as we arrive, Brandy is reunited with her mother, Bandit. After catching up with her family, she makes herself right at home!
9: As we do every year, we start our first afternoon out with a walk on the beach. This year, there was more beach than ever due to a very dry summer.
10: Lots of beach means lots of new treasures! | Rachel always finds the dangerous things.
11: Of course the girls never miss a chance to get dirty. The expanded beach has a lot to offer!
12: The next morning the girls sleep in, while a nice fire makes everything cozy. | Our cabin, Olin, is always "Home, Sweet Home!" | Welcome to Olin
13: It is decided that fishing is the best choice for Friday, but first, a little Playdoh. The cake and outdoor grill sets turn the girls into real grill masters and cake aces! | Brandy has no problem relaxing by the fire.
14: Next, we head to the legendary Spring Hole | Its a rough road in, but because of the dry summer, the moose trail in is easier than ever! | A fish is caught on the first cast! | The girls do most of their own casting.
15: It's a lot of work! | But there's time for lunch. | Rebecca with one of her fish | Rachel chillaxing | Nana asked for this picture, but her eyes ended up closed and someone else was being silly!
16: We hit the beach again before dinner. There was plenty of small driftwood for the girls to collect.
17: The girls left behind plenty of creations that lasted after they left. They were great reminders of the fun we had.
18: Nana and the girls posed for a nice picture on the porch of Nana's cabin
19: Then it's off to dinner! Lynne gets plenty of time with the newest member of camp, Parker Libby | Both Parker and big sister Kayla are all smiles!
20: On Saturday, we decided to do something different. We drove over to the dam to pick through the driftwood filled cove. It was a rough road getting there but lots of fun.
21: There was a ton of driftwood to pick through. Although we ended up taking a truck full home, we made sure to leave a few pieces behind so the cove would not look empty. | It's a beautiful spot to take pictures.
24: We also took a walk down to Round Pond. | There were plenty of Moose and Coyote tracks, but we did not see any wildlife, probably because two little girls were singing the whole time.
25: The dam is a great place to hang out!
26: One of our favorite traditions is lunch at the Mooseleuk out camp.
29: The Great Lawn at Mooseleuk Camp
31: I love everything about this place, the drive out, the rustic cabin, large lawn, and great view. Someday I hope to spend a few days here to enjoy the fishing and moose watching.
33: When we returned from the out camp, the girls hit the beach, again! This time, they went swimming. I thought it was still a tad chilly, but they thought it was great. Brandy and I got to relax on the beach while Lynne took plenty of pictures.
34: What's good for the goose... | is, well, not as funny as the original! Either way, you can't accuse me of not being a good sport. Our next stop was the smaller beach at Libby's and then dinner. We were visited by several of Brandy's relatives, including her father, Bullet.
35: Back at the lodge, the girls were treated to hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream. | This is Fred the Crazy Moose
36: Rebecca's Log | When I was at Libby Camps I played... with the dogs,the ring game, Playdoh and with Kayla, Parker and Rachel.I enjoyed collecting sticks and making a stick gate. I really loved the fruit pizza and the cheesecake in a cup desserts. I also enjoyed picking out some driftwood and hiking on the moose trail. When I went to sleep I heard a coyote howling. I can't wait to go back next year. Signed, Rebecca
37: Rachel's favorite photos | Rachel & Belle | I caught a fish! | Pretty sunset
38: Out at Brown Pond, Grampa caught a fish on his first cast! | Once the girls left camp, Gramps and I set out to do some fishing. On the way to Brown Pond, we helped Lee and Gene change a flat tire on Rod's truck. | But because of the heat and high sun, that was it for the day! | Even though there was only one fish caught, it was still a great morning.
39: The road from Brown Pond
40: On Thursday, we figured we'd try the Spring Hole again, with the trail as dry as it was, it was an easy hike! | Again, the heat and high sun had the fish running for cover, these were our worst numbers in years! 90 degrees and sun are good for everything but fishing!
41: Fish Tales Spring Hole (Friday): Rebecca 3 Rachel 3 Jason 2 Grampa 1 Round Pond: Grampa 5 Jason 0 Brown Pond: Grampa 1 Jason 0 Spring Hole (Tuesday): Grampa 2 Jason 3 Lost lures: Too many to count
43: Every Libby book must include a few sunset pictures!
44: On the second and third nights of hunting, I watched this little guy come in at 6 pm, tip the barrel over, and eat some candy.
45: The Avalanche was retro-fitted with with new armor, a flat, O.D. green paint scheme, custom decals and a matching trailer. It's the perfect vehicle for Libby's! | After two nights of not seeing the bigger bear, I gave this stand to Gramps, who, also saw this fella, but showed more patience and was able to see the bigger one at 7:30. It was too dark to shoot, but now we know there is a big bear there!
46: This year's trip was a bit of challenge do to things beyond our control. Work issues followed Jason up to the North Woods, 90 plus degree temperatures were less than ideal for bear hunting and fishing, and we were also planning on leaving a day early, because Hurricane Earl was heading towards RI. Grampa and Jason ended up leaving at 10pm the night before our already early departure date because Lynne was in the hospital. Thankfully she was home safe a few days later. All things accounted for, it was still another great trip to Libby's!
47: There is a magnificent looking barn on Rt. 11 heading up to Libby's. Every year we stop, look, and wonder how it is still standing. It looks a hundred years old and on the verge of collapse. This year, it struck me that I should take a picture and put it in our book. When we were driving the girls back to Sherman on Sunday, an emergency bathroom break was needed so we did not stop, and on the way back, well I figured it would still be there when I drove by a week later. Unfortunately, we had to leave camp at 9:40pm on Thursday night, as Lynne was in the hospital. The barn was still there, but it was too dark to take a picture. It's the first task on my list next time I head to Libby's! | PHOTO UNAVAILABLE | The Old Barn on RT. 11