We arrived in northern WI to volunteer for the second year at a Scout Camp near Rhinelander. We love the area with its towering pines, crystal clear lakes, fresh air and lots of space! With the year as it is, this is a great place for us to spend the summer!
Camp this year will look alot different with all of the precautions and social distancing that will be in place. We have been busy readying the camp for its delayed opening. The scouts will be arriving on the 5th and we are down to the final days of preparation. We have been busy mowing, readying the campsites and cleaning and stocking the latrines among other varied tasks. Oh yes, and ridding the latrines of their current inhabitants...MICE!! I will admit that there is a certain amount of heart stopping surprise when you open the door and spy little beady eyes staring at you or scurrying overhead or under your feet!
Oh, and to add to that excitement, we have waged an all out war on the hitchhikers that came along with us from the canyon! No longer content to hide out, they have made themselves known and decided to share in our food and surroundings. It has made for some stressful days, and nights! BUT, fingers crossed, I think we have seen and heard the last of them. Knock on wood, salt over the shoulder, we have not had any activity for 9 days now. However, we will not let down our guard and continue to monitor the situation and have glue traps at the ready!
We are blessed to be volunteering with friends this year and have had a great time showing them around. We have introduced them to a WI fish fry, brandy old-fashioneds, hand and foot card night, a water ski show and the beauty of the northwoods. We have alot more to explore, but we are trying to pace ourselves.
We are looking forward to a 4th of July picnic in our secluded camping area with friends and our boys are going to hopefully come join us as well!
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