Wheres Ray/Wendy yr 2

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hanging with the family and Big News

Hello all,
  Hope you all had a nice Labor Day weekend. We traveled north to Wilderness County Park north of Necedah WI. It is on the west side of Petenwell Lake. It is the second biggest inland water in WI. Being a flowage the algae bloom can be nasty and create some green soup. It was bad on our first day there but seemed to clear up the next. The wind direction really plays a big part in that. On Sunday some of us did get a swim in.
  We had camped here in our early years and Wendy's sister and then her parents bought land nearby. So heading up here was also to spend some time with her parents. I had mentioned Wendy's parents in a earlier blog but if you missed they are quite the pair. Her mom is 80 and usually goes to bed early around 7:30 but the lady is up at about 12:30 am and begins her day doing puzzles. She will have wash on the line at 6:00 am and is almost always on the go. Many times she will be canning something from there large garden. She does this and never even naps. I always tease Wendy as to when she is going to start doing this.

Dad, Wendy and Mom
  Now her dad is really something. 83 years old and lives to cut firewood. He probably has a couple year supply cut and stacked around the place. He also cuts and sells to some locals and campers. He is also an avid deer hunter. As I entered his garage I spied a ground tent blind. I thought to myself good, as it will keep him out of the tree stands. I could not have been farther from the truth. Seems he hoisted a pallet 15 feet up a tree, attached some plywood and has mounted the tent on top of that. He does all this with no help. I ventured out with him as he was setting up a trail camera. He also continues to do seasonal work during the cranberry harvest.

  We camped with Colleen and her family and Wendy's brother Randy and fiance Lynn. Our grandson Alex also made a trip to see us. He is starting college at a La Crosse area tech school. The weather was very hot on Fri. to start but turned out to great the rest of the weekend. Good to spend time with family.
Isaiah and Lukas
  OK, now for the big news. We got our winter workamping job in Arizona. We will be at Roper Lake State Park in southeastern Ariz. It is a small park about 155 mi east of Tucson. We will be doing various jobs in the visitor center gift shop, gate house and some light maintenance. This is for Nov. through Jan. We have not been to Arizona so it should give us a new experience and we will get to finally see that big hole in the ground- Grand Canyon.)


  1. Wow, Wendy's parents are sure go-getters! Good for them! Congrats on your next gig. We applied to SD State Parks, and heard from them. We're on the list for Custer, so we'll see how it goes :)

  2. Looking forward to hearing how you find the AZ weather that time of year, congrats on finding another volunteer position!