One Caretaker's story of living (mostly) in solitude on a private Island on Lake George in Upstate New York, as told through daily photographs and musings/ramblings (well, daily in the winter; every four days or so in the Summer and mostly just photos in the Summer).
A Very Brief Glossary: GHETTO--Name for the cabin that the Caretaker lives in, a single story structure, about 220 square feet/20.44 square meters.
Living Conditions: End of October to early May, no running water, Island population: 1. Early May to end of October, running water, Island population: ranges from 1 to 20 or so.
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The Caretaker's Concern 4/23/08 Lake Temp. 49F. Ghetto temp. 67 F. and dropping. Island tmp. 67 F. Yesterday's L/H: 53/74 F. Current conditions: Partly clear sky, little to no wind.
The Channel markers were installed today, which means that now the boaters have something to ignore, not that it matters with the current Lake height, but as time goes on and the Lake level drops, the shallow spots as marked by rock buoys will begin to take out the props of the less mindful boaters out on the water. Ha-Ha on them, stupid boaters.
There was a strong wind mostly from the South East then switching to the North, it was the first in a long while for day time wind. It was a good thing that it came, there has been a bit of a build up of a film upon the Lake's surface, thankfully the wind came and moved it away. Today's photo looking South down the Lake is to show the total cloud coverage of the sky, this is also a first in quite a while.
The fuel pumps at the Marina were a bit off in their pricing, they pumped at .36 cents a gallon, too bad that wasn't the actual price, if it were the Caretaker would have figured out a way to float his car over to the pump to gas up.
In the evening, there was such a large May fly hatch that the buzzing could be heard throughout much of the Island. Were they actually "May" flies? The Caretaker doesn't know, to be honest he is not even sure what a May fly is, but he uses the term loosely to refer to any non-biting fly that seems to hatch from the water only to return to the water often times via the mouth and belly of a fish.
Later at night, when the Caretaker went out to check the temperature of the Lake he could hear the sound of "peepers" from over on Clay Island. Spring is definitely afoot here on this Great Lake of George.