Longevity

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Longevity

Postby Gardner » Tue May 05, 2009 7:23 pm

I first camped at Fish Creek in 1929. So many good memories. Anyone reading this that used to spend summers in platform tents or dancing at the Java House?
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Re: Longevity

Postby CampADK » Tue May 05, 2009 8:11 pm

Wow! 1929! Would love to hear more about those days Gardner!
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Re: Longevity

Postby Rollins Fan » Tue May 05, 2009 9:23 pm

I tented in a platform tent when I was an infant, but it was at Meacham Lake and it wasn't quite that many years ago. I guess you can say that camping is in my blood. We couldn't drive to the site but either boat in or a ten minute walk. A milkcan buried in the ground was the fridge.
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Re: Longevity

Postby Gardner » Wed May 06, 2009 7:56 am

I did camp overnight at Meachem a couple of times, but we made Fish Creek our summer residence since we knew other families. The main reason we spent most of the summer there was that my parents felt that our four child family could avoid the threat of polio, a huge worry in the thirties. Their teaching us to respect Mother Nature led to all sorts of wonderful adventures.

Since my grandfather used to visit when we were there, five generations have been Fish Creek lovers. Two years ago one of my grandsons and I packed our gear and tent camped ... such a perfect experience. Last year I visited a nephew and his family and hope to go again this year. It refreshes me in so many ways. Oh yes, I usually take a canoe trip up the creeks.

How about the return of the loons?

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Re: Longevity

Postby Rollins Fan » Wed May 06, 2009 8:29 pm

My parents eventually bought a camp at Lake Ozonia and back in the 70's there were no loons. I kayak there now a d was surprised to see and hear loons.
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Re: Longevity

Postby Gardner » Wed May 06, 2009 9:10 pm

Rollins Fan wrote:My parents eventually bought a camp at Lake Ozonia and back in the 70's there were no loons. I kayak there now a d was surprised to see and hear loons.

My sister and brother-in-law, the Woods, and dear friends, the Maynes had camps on Ozonia at that time. It is a beautiful lake.
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Re: Longevity

Postby Gardner » Sat May 09, 2009 8:24 am

I have so many memories about FC. From the thirties, I remember the CCC that was stationed at Fish Creek. They marched to and from their task area, wearing jeans, t-shirts and a fatigue hat and carried shovels, rakes or other tools on their shoulders. At that time they were building fireplaces and adding toilets. Scrap lumber was dropped off in piles in several places, available for campers to use for firewood, docks and even rafts like Dad helped us make. The CCC has an admirable history; their construction sites are beautifully displayed in many public areas. MJ Gardner
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Re: Longevity

Postby Gail & Steve Collins » Tue May 12, 2009 7:31 am

Gardner wrote:The CCC has an admirable history; their construction sites are beautifully displayed in many public areas.


You might find these websites of interest:

http://www.nyscccmuseum.com/

http://www.ccclegacy.org/

Both sites also have links pages that reach out to many more sites devoted to the CCC. Fascinating stuff.

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