Woke up around 8:00.
The cousins decided today was the day to see Ausable Chasm. A good choice, given the weather forecast for the rest of the week. I gave them a personal tour. We opted for the riverwalk, as the youngest was not quite tall enough for the Adventure Trail. I had forgotten about the accompanying adult requirement for the tubes, and so designated myself as such for the kids (9 and 13) who wanted to take the tubes instead of rafting. Just as well, as I had never done it before. But I wasn’t dressed for it. Oh well! Also, I should have had a heavier breakfast. I ran out of calories about 2/3 of the way through the hike. Hooray for fat reserves! (?)
I suggested Clover Mead Café for lunch, but they aren’t open early in the week. So back to Camp for lunch it was. After lunch I took a swim/bath. (Ivory: The Soap That Floats!) Then I went into town to pick up some odds and ends at the hardware store, Red Stripe at Arnold’s Grocery, and gas. The odds and ends included plumbing for a custom toilet paper holder, zip ties to repair the flag pole that hangs our Canadian flag on the boat house at Camp, and a small collar with a set screw to jerry-rig the choke handle on one of the Sea Doos. (Or, as the guy at the hardware store called it, “Redneck Engineering.”) It worked!
I played banjo for a bit and then prepped the boat for an after-dinner ride. I took the kids and their grandpa over to Port Kent. LCT has been storing the Valcour ferry there this Summer, which is odd. We looked it over and then I took them out to Ferris Rock and told them the story of how the Valcour ran aground there in 1975. We returned to Camp. I covered the boat because of the rainy forecast. While we were out, Kelly and Dean came down to visit. (Happy Anniversary!!) I did the dinner dishes, tried new ink cartridges in my portable printer (they “fixed” it), and am heading to bed at 11:30 after publishing this post.