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Bear Spring Camps opening day 2017

Greetings, readers. Although Bear Spring Camps has a relatively short season of only four and a half months, I do get excited on opening day. I’ve been going to this camp, located in central Maine, since I was five years old, and have truly loved every moment of it. As I get older though, and as my monetary situation changes, it is becoming obvious that my years at camp are numbered. I might only be able to go another three to five years. I have learned through inspirational videos to treasure every moment of life, which is how I am looking at the camp experience.

I saw on the Facebook page for Bear Spring Camps that Peg and Ron are beginning their 34th year of them running the business. The camp opened in 1910. Peg’s grandfather started it, and at some point her father and mother took over the day-to-day running of the camp. At the beginning, it was truly a fishing camp, with quite rudimentary cabins. Now they are quite plush and filled with modern conveniences like small refrigerators, and new wood stoves in some of the cabins. Last year my cabin got an upgrade with new wall insulation and a larger living room area. I really like it. I’m going to keep that cabin as long as I’m able to.

When I was younger, I would buy a calendar at a souvenir shop in Belgrade Lakes and number the days until I would be back at camp again. I was that obsessed with it. I don’t do that any more, but I do keep track of things like the camp’s opening day, closing day, and I still do get very excited about two weeks before I am to arrive for my week at camp in August.

I wanted to take Traci with me this year, and still might if I can talk her into it, as it will feel strange being engaged and not with her for 10 days. We will miss each other of course, and talk to each other every morning and evening on the phone. That is what we did last year and it worked very well.

As a long time Bear Spring Camper, I wish Ron and Peg Churchill and family a successful 2017 camp season, and I can’t wait until August when I will get there for my week at camp. I will fish, swim, go on pontoon rides, visit with family and friends, and have my annual happy hour. As many of you know, I am a man of tradition.

Next week I am expecting a two blog work week. One of them hopefully will be a top ten list. Until then, I bid you a great weekend, take care, enjoy the warmth, and as always, happy reading.

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Another Bear Spring Camps season is almost over

Greetings, readers. It is hard to believe that another Bear Spring Camps season will be over in just a few weeks. The last day of September is when the final group of campers go home. The next three or four weeks Ron, Peg, and the cabin boys do such tasks as take the docks out of the water, and winterize the cabins. If they have time, I suppose they may make a few minor repair to cabins that need it.

It seems like just yesterday that I told Rebecca that Bear Spring was open for the season. That was way back in mid-April. Never having worked there, I really can’t tell you if time to seems to drag or go quickly for the staff, but for the observer who only spends one week up there a year, this summer whizzed right by.

As I’ve said before, I will continue to go to Bear Spring for as many years as I possibly can. When my financial situation no longer permits it, I’m going to be quite sad. A treasure chest of wonderful memories are stored up in my mind for me to remember the rest of my life.

Thanks to social media, I’m now Facebook friends with a number of other campers who go at different times than I do. I like to see their pictures of the lake and of the different people that they hold so dear. It’s been said that in September when you come to supper bring a flashlight, it gets dark quite early. I only experienced that once, in 2000, when Dave and I went back for an extra week.

There’s a slight chance that I’ll bring someone with me next year. I know I’m getting way ahead of myself as usual, but as always, I over-analyze and over-plan. If it happens, I’ll think she’ll like it.

In two weeks, my favorite place of all time shuts down for its fall and winter nap. A month or two later, before the winter hits, Ron and Peg will head to sunny Florida. I cannot thank Ron, Peg, and their family enough for their hospitality over the years; as well as all my friends and family who have loved me. I can’t wait for opening day 2016.

Until Friday, take care, have a great couple of days, and happy reading.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Greetings, readers. Especially, the new readers. Yesterday we had a five-star gold banner blog day. 115 views, by far the most views ever in a 24 hour period, excited me no end. When I checked the stats page at 11:30 last night I almost screamed. My average views per day is around 20, so you can see what a huge jump this was.

The blog entry Top ten list of things I like about Bear Spring Camps was not only fun for me to write, but my idea to link it to Peg Churchill’s camp Facebook page really did the trick. My idea was to share my good memories about this wonderful place with other people who go there. I did not expect so many people so quickly to read the entry, but I am most pleased and thankful that they did. I would like to welcome all my new readers and invite them to stay on board if they wish to. I have written about Bear Spring Camps in the past and will continue to do so. For those of you who checked out the archives, you’ll know that I do blog about many other topics as well.

A special thank you goes out to Peg Churchill herself and her husband Ron for creating the Bear Spring Camps Facebook page. It is a truly wonderful way for all the campers to keep up on news and look at gorgeous photos dealing with Bear Spring Camps.

Please do check out my tabs and let me know via Facebook or my blog’s comment section on a topic that you would like me to cover. I’m always open to new ideas. One thing I’ll let you know in advance, I really don’t do politics, because whether I bash the Democrats or the Republicans, it just makes me angry. I write my blog to feel good, not get upset.

Until Wednesday, have a fantastic weekend, take care, and as always happy reading.