AS OF APRIL 18TH 2009, NO SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS ECOUNTERED
Jim did our first, full, cabin patrol in late November. No cabin intrusion or damage was discovered (although we are aware of two episodes of animal intrusion that occurred in mid-late October). We will carry out patrols throughout the winter, with emphasis on post-storm timing and/or if we hear of any problems in the vicinity. Jim Drennan, David Durein, William Demus, Carl Einarsson and Tom will be doing patrols this winter.
JANUARY and FEBRUARY: Again, no cabin damage noted on the latest patrols.
MARCH and APRIL: Again, no cabin damage noted on our latest patrols.
There is an extremely heavy and dense snow pack on Echo Lakes Road and around the South Shore cabins. A Mountain Democrat article this week reports 198% snow pack / water content at Echo Summit. The lake is still solidly frozen. Unless we have a run of warm weather (hopefully with some rain) it is very unlikely that we will be open for Memorial Day. We will re-evaluate the situation just before the ELA meeting on May 6th. (See below)
Echo Lake 4-22-06
Past and Future Crew
Cabins in April 2006
MAY 4th UPDATE:
Following a week of warm weather there has been some snow pack reduction in the Echo Lakes area. Nevertheless, what remains is significantly above normal for this time of year, and this includes a heavy build up in front of the Chalet and around the boathouse.
Whether we can successfully plow in for Memorial Day remains problematic, and heavy water inflow into Echo Lakes will delay the placing of flashboards by E.I.D. This is reminiscent of last year when we had unloaded the boathouse but could safely leave boats in the harbor due to low water levels.
Echo Road and Berkeley Camp Spur
Echo Road Cabin 5-4-06
We will update the website on a weekly basis until we have a firm opening date in mind.
Jim, Jen and Bella on patrol
As usual, we will inform individual cabin owners of any problems discovered on winter patrol.
DECEMBER 2005 - FEBRUARY 2006
Mostly good news: We were blessed with mild weather for most of the end-of-season closure activities. There were, however, a couple of impressive windstorms which caused damage to boats in the finger-pier area. In low-water conditions boats may be unable to float with the wind-induced wave action, and can bottom out in the harbor. The waves can then wash over the stern or gunnels and sink the boat. Watercraft may also ride under a pier and cause damage to the boat and dock. This is a reminder to please exercise caution when docking a boat in the spring or fall.
Sorta bad news: With the (long-time) passing of an agrarian school calendar, we lost many crew members before Labor Day, and were rapidly reduced to a three, then two, then a one-person operation. Nevertheless, we did manage to wrap up the Chalet's winterization procedures before the Thanksgiving holiday.
We are trying out a different pattern of winter storage for our rental boats and multiple trailers. Hopefully the equipment will remain secure and not sustain snow damage (we'll find out next spring). In any case, it does make the main pier much more attractive, and less cumbersome (no trailers to climb over). Note the (repaired) 3rd section of the boom next to the ramp. It will be re-attached next summer.
Late October 2005
December 13, 2005, Thin ice over 80% of Lower Echo
Winter patrol picture for Cole (2004)
Cabin patrols are conducted by Jim Drennan, Tom Fashinell, David Durein, and William Demus
For cabin-owners not on our list, I would offer the following reasons for "signing up":
1. It only costs $60 / year (and we intend to maintain this low rate for the foreseeable future).
2. We do on-site minor repairs at the time of patrol (no extra charge), and will notify you immediately if there is a need for follow-up / materials / special tools / snow-shoveling / etc. etc.
2. It may lower home-owners insurance rates, if you notify your agent of the patrol service (sort of like the discount for an alarm system).
3. We do watch over the general area when not on formal patrol (yes, you can benefit from this even without being on our list, but we might be more inclined to tackle an intruder if we felt responsible for your cabin's well-being / contents ....).
4. It makes us very uncomfortable to walk by a cabin, notice something amiss, and not report it. In the past six years we have had several occasions to give unsubscribed owners a "courtesy call" about problems we have found, and those calls seemed to have fallen into a category of "no good deed goes noticed". SO, we will make every effort NOT to look at the cabins off the patrol list. This is reminiscent of the military policy of "don't ask, don't tell".
5. Last but not least, the patrol gives Tom an excuse to get some badly needed aerobic exercise.
IF YOU ARE INCLINED TO SIGN-UP FOR CABIN PATROL SERVICES PLEASE E-MAIL TOM OR KAT: email@example.com
South-facing view above Dartmouth Cove 12/9/03
Looking East towards the Chalet 12/9/03
A reminder of our late start this year: Lower Echo Lake as of 5-30-03