Outpost Caretakers Week – A Peek into the PastApril 20, 2012 | 682 Views
For the last couple of years Mike and I have called the ‘Outpost’ in Port Louis our home but there is evidence that we, WCFC, are not the first to have found this little bay a welcoming area. I have tried to find any reference to whom they might have been in the books we have here but have come up empty. I wonder how they came to be here, what type of dwelling did they live in, how did they get supplies such as coffee, flour or gas for the boat they must have had, why did they choose to live in such a remote location, when did they leave.
There must have been children – a thin worn moss covered swing still remains as a reminder that a young family had once also called this bay, home.
The sun has a hard time reaching us as we are almost entirely surrounded by hills that rise to 300 feet and 100 foot trees but in the south- east corner of the bay the sun touches the ground early in the season. It’s here that years ago a garden was planted and tended too. What type of vegetables would this pioneer woman have chosen to cultivate in such a small patch? I haven’t an ounce of a ‘green thumb’ so I can only imagine the basics like lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and potatoes if those items were even possible with the soil conditions here.
Our friends Sammy, Norm and Al constantly keep us amused showing up when you least expect to see them or peering in the windows of the lodge but they and their relatives must have been a constant source of agitation to a gardener. Remnants of netting lay draped over fallen and rotting stakes which once would have been a fence, enclosing the small plot in hopes of keeping out the ever present looters.
……and possilbly other vandals.
This is a picture of a photograph I found in one of the bedrooms. There is no information written on it, not even a date. I’m hoping someone from the WCFC or maybe even a long time guest can shed some knowledge about this piece of history.
Today the crew shack sits in the exact same spot.
I have to use a picture I took last week as this one has been a bust as far as the weather is concerned but I know evenings like this will return….but when?
Till next week,
Heather & Mike