First trip out to Arlington Beach
March 19, 2012
We had talked about heading out to the cabin a couple of weeks ago but it never came together. I was working yesterday but Jordon suggested we head out to the lake and bring a bunch of stuff out there in anticipation of opening up the cabin for the year. We have a bunch of new pillows for the lake so we brought 8 of those out, a heater, a new grill, and bought a bunch of non-perishable food items out. We got up early, did a Dollarama run, and hit the road and got out there for a few hours. The weather said that it was supposed to be 16 degrees in Govan (our nearest weather station) but I don’t think it got close to that. Being that close to the frozen Last Mountain Lake, didn’t help that much either, especially with the wind coming off the lake.
It was nice enough to go down to the beach and for a walk around. We didn’t notice a whole lot of changes except for our neighbors bringing in a great looking guest house which remakes our part of the neighbourhood.
The cabin is a lot drier than it has been in two years and the roads weren’t in bad condition and nothing like last year. The beach is actually visible and no cabins are threatened so it’s all good. Hopefully it is a lot more normal of year at the beach than it ever has been over the last two summers.
We measured, checked our measurements, and then checked then again and agreed on a 8×11 deck at the front of the cabin that will also serve as a front step. We will be putting a privacy railing with horizontal boards along the front as well. It will hold two Adirondack chairs and kind of be Jordon’s and my spot at the cabin. We are also adding a small 8 x 10 deck at the back for dining in the evening. Not sure if that will have a railing or not it will mean about another 170 square feet of space for the cabin. It’s not a lot but when the cabin is only around 300 square feet, it feels massive.
To go with the new deck, we are picking up a Cranston 6 piece patio set. The names sound pretentious but it’s a small and inexpensive patio set from Wal-Mart. The chairs fold up which means for easy storage in the winter which when you don’t have a shed, that’s a big deal. While it won’t be big enough to entertain with but we have the picnic table for that, plus it’s normally just the four of us when we are up there.
Luckily Lee has a new Dodge Truck that will carry some of the supplies up. It makes it a lot easier to get things done. That being said, it won’t take a whole weekend to build the two decks and it will only take one trip up.