Caretaker Report – Week 6 "Company's Coming!"
March 3, 2011 | 2110 Views
We had company this week. Roger, Robert and Brian were scheduled to arrive Thursday, when was anyone’s guess. Here on the west coast of Haida Gwaii the weather dictates if the plane will take off or stay grounded.
The rooms are readied and dinner just needs to be heated, so we wait.
An e-mail comes through, “Have been delayed. See you tomorrow.”
Up early….again. We wait, I bake.
Another e-mail “weather too bad to fly, see you tomorrow.” Saturday morning. Rain, wind and a very overcast sky doesn’t look promising for a flight today, but we wait and I bake.
By 4 o’clock we have concluded that we will not be having guests today so we change out of our “company clothes” and decide to watch a movie. Isn’t it always the way, out of nowhere the plane is touching down in the bay. We jump into rubber boots, throw on a raincoat , grab my camera and race out the door.
Introductions are a fast “ Hi I’m Heather” as we quickly load the wagons. Bags of tools (which I can’t even lift), pipes, boxes of fresh produce (yippee) duffel bags, vices and super sized wrenches take several trips to haul it all up the dock.
Brian is a pipe fitter who has come in to convert the fittings of a gas tank to diesel. This will provide us with more fuel and when you only get one fill up in the fall which has to last till spring every bit helps.
Roger concludes that the generator which is a 20kw has to be sent out to Vancouver to be repaired. This is going to entail building a crate for it and a ramp to get it into the plane.
In a few spare moments Robert, who wields a chainsaw with the confidence of someone who has fell many a tree cuts down several for us….providing a different type of fuel for those cold winter nights to come.
The load going out is no lighter than the one that came in. Bags, boxes and totes all laden with the tools of their trade get stowed first than the ramp is put into place.
The crate slides up without a hitch, the pontoons of the turbo prop aircraft settle a little lower in the water.
E-mails have been exchanged, hand-shakes and hugs given. Mike stands by for the “thumbs up” by the pilot to untie the line, then they’re off.
Back up at the lodge we settle into our favourite chairs and enjoy having the place to ourselves once more.
Till next week,
Heather & Mike