Today is the day that I give up completely on an endless summer for 2013. The temperature this morning was below freezing when I got up and so I must, with heavy heart and wet feet, take the boat out of the water. But what to do with it this year? I mean, it isn't exactly some squirrels stash of acorns. Hmm. Imagine a three ton stash of acorns. And the squirrel that made it.
There's a clear space in the yard next to the garage and I expect to keep it there this year, under two layers of covers, sheltered from the snow by the big trees that, when it does snow, I fear will fall onto the boat.
When we first moved in you couldn't drive to this parking space. There was a two foot retaining wall. We had big old Bounder J back then (a 34 foot class A RV) and needed a place to park it so I got out the spade, the mattocks, and the wheelbarrow. I moved that retaining wall with my bare hands - okay, they were gloved hands.
The Bounder sat there for a couple of years and then we sold it. When it rained, mud would wash onto the driveway in deep gully began to form in the yard. I had an idea - Hows about I put the wall back? So I got the spade, the mattocks, and the wheelbarrow. I moved that retaining wall back. But the dirt had washed away and needed some more bricks for some reason. Off to Lowe's I went. Got what I needed in just a few more trips that it should have taken, and presto-change-O, new wall, better than the old wall.
Then my campaign to get a new boat met with success (just keep putting on the grocery list, eventually you'll get whatever you want). Only one problem. Where to park it? I found the perfect place for it but first there was a retaining wall that I had to move...