The Outpost Report: May 17, 2010
May 17, 2010 | 1708 Views
OUTPOST UPDATE: As I write this report North Island Lodge is casting the last lines from its Vancouver home underneath the Knight St. Bridge and heading up North for the season. Fearless captain Todd McIntyre is aboard, his office (which is next to mine) is cleared out and feeling very empty. It can only mean that the 2010 season is close at hand. CH Chef Ryan stone and dining room manager Stephanie Beachy unloaded the Clubhouse container in Haida Gwaii on Saturday and the Outpost Chef’s Michael and Tobey are overseeing the Loading of the Outpost container today. OP head guide Pierre Morel is zipping around the city collecting last minute items to be shipped up north as time ticks down. For those who might not know….we have to plan out and ship the entire summer’s worth of frozen and dry goods in one shot at the beginning on the season. All the goods go up on the spring fuel barge that arrives in Port Louis June 1st. It’s a major undertaking to unload everything by hand in Port Louis…I hope all the staff are training up for the event. Stay tuned for some pictures around June 1.
I leave Vancouver with the startup crew on May 29th and will be posting daily once we arrive in Port Louis. That makes next week the last report before the season startup. On that note I’ve had a special request (from one of our most loyal readers) for caretaker Pete to give us some reflections on his 9 months at the Outpost. So Pete this week it’s all about you, you’ve done a GREAT job up there and you’ve got under 2 weeks to go! Ladies and Gentlemen shown in a censored picture of his “sun shower” contraption…Caretaker Pete:
Well, here are some things that I have accomplished after nine months alone at the Outpost. The weather has gotten much better recently, and I have been able to get out fishing! I have successfully caught the first halibut of the winter season. While some of the more diligent naturalists may call this specimen a ‘sole’, I have deemed it to be a baby halibut, hence, setting the winter record at 1.5 lbs.
While I have made sure to get out fishing recently, the majority of my time this winter has been taken up by honing my banjo and guitar skills. I have written and recorded the foundational material for my solo album this winter (be sure to look through the Outpost CD booklet to see what a person can come up with during nine months of solitude), and am definitely looking forward to getting back to my community of musicians, and having my band back me up once again!
Briefly, some winter highlights:
- Waves crashing, literally, over the Port Louis rocks
- The joys of finding mystery food in the freezers downstairs that you actually like! (sweetbreads look scary raw, but are tasty blanched and friend in butter!)
- Seeing the odd fisherman, and sharing a drink and a dinner.
- Befriending the local wildlife
- Going for walks, and realizing that there were people here long before you.
- Last but not least, finding solace in solitude, surrounded by first rate facilities.
I would never think that I could be so pampered and so remote at the same time.
It’s been a great winter, and the fish are a biting!
Pete, I can’t wait to see the results of your training unleashed on the Vancouver Island summer music scene! Just wondering if the Outpost will get any credit when you hit the big time? Thanks again Pete and we’ll see you on the dock in 12 days.
That’s all for this week!