Well, I've spent this past week settling in and getting busy in Karuizawa. Things have come along nicely at the camp since I left in December. Two young men from Canada have continued the renovations on Cabin #5 for the past couple of months, and boy has it improved. All the existing walls and floor were re-framed and the cabin has been wired, insulated, and is ready for drywall. When finished, it will be a beautiful cabin.
The two young men are Josh and Florian. They have been working here at the camp since mid January and just left on Friday to start their journey back home. I enjoyed working with and hanging out with them this past week. Despite working all day during the week, we found the time to do some hiking, visit the onsen a few times, share some meals, and even make a record setting, enormous birthday card for Marg Scott, who has done a wonderful job cooking for us.
My priority for now is to make preparations for cabin 14 to be framed by the same team I worked with last fall on the meeting room. They will be here in mid-April so I've been busy clearing the site, starting on the concrete foundation, and getting all the materials gathered so that we can start framing as soon as they arrive. The picture to the right is what is left of the old cabin 14. It has been sitting exposed like this for a few years and so the frame is now rotted and no good, so I'm tearing it down and starting from scratch.
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