Winter At Mowich Camp

Things have been a little quiet on the Adventure Journal lately, but certainly not because we’ve been sitting on the couch all winter.  I thought I would post a few photos to give you an update on all the snowy fun we have been having up at the camp.

To say this has been an extreme winter for snow fall would be an understatement.

Bobcat Tracks

Bobcat Tracks

On one trip into the camp we spotted a beautiful little bobcat standing in the road right near our driveway.

Of course I missed getting a photo of him (her) but I later followed his tracks all over our property.  Several attempts to capture his portrait on the trail have, so far, been unsuccessful.

I know that the cats typically like to follow trails packed down in the snow by people on snowshoes.  So I set up the camera on one of my tracks but every time we have returned to check the SD card the trails have been completely covered by fresh snow fall… tons of fresh snow fall!

The Roof Cornice

The Roof Cornice


We were worried about the snow on the roof over the trailer sliding down and smashing one of the dudes.  So I rigged up an old climbing rope to close off the passage way under the cornice.

Of course Duke found that it was the perfect place to play.  Sheesh!


The new fridge on the sledge

The new fridge on the sledge

The new fridge built in

The new fridge built in

For our 40th anniversary Suzie and I got a new fridge for the trailer… I know, we’re so romantic!

The original, 34 year old fridge, was discussing and we ripped it out immediately after we bought the place.

The replacement item is marvelous and I fabricated a little self to fill in the empty space above the unit.

Just to give you an idea of how much snow has fallen this year:

One morning were all sitting around our camp fire and we heard a tremendous crashing noise.  It came from somewhere across the road.  Leane suggested we go investigate the neighborhood to see what it was.

The neighbor's garage roof collapsed

The neighbor’s garage roof collapsed

We post-holed into this place and took some pictures.  I posted them to the local (members only) Facebook page and the owners were notified…. since this photo was taken another couple of feet of snow has fallen.

How about this comparison:

Mar 19, 2016

Mar 19, 2016

This was our first look at the camp from just about one year ago.

Feb 28, 2017

Feb 28, 2017

That was yesterday.  Feb 28th, just 19 days short of a full year later.  There is a solid 3-4 feet of snow still on the ground.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Well our plan for this year is to completely rebuild the bathhouse.  We are going to jack it up and level it out.  Build a proper foundation under it, and insulate the building to make it a four season bathhouse.  But, as you can see, that project is still a long way off.

That’s it for now.  Of course as the snow melts and the floods come we’ll keep you posted on the events.






About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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4 Responses to Winter At Mowich Camp

  1. says:

    thanks for the update kat! i’m always happy to hear what you’re up to and i’m glad you and your family are well. oh and congrats on your anniversary too! chap

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Neil's in... says:

    You had a 34 year old discussing fridge? 😉 jk

    It’s amazing how fast the pine trees grow in one year! Looking at the photo from the year before those pines / evergreens have grown a huge amount!

    As always, great reading about your life out there in Washington! Secretly envious! 😀

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