Greetings from Michigan!
Two months have gone by since the staff left Lake Wabatong and I am still having a hard time adjusting to the idea that my job has come to an end. So much so that although Abby and Doris asked me to do a season’s end blog , it has taken me all this time to feel ok to do it and to find the right words to express just how grateful I am for my time on Lake Wabatong and the wonderful people I met along the way.
What can I say? I miss the island life. I knew I was in the right place when I stepped off that train and there was not a sound to be heard but the train whistle as it rolled on down the line toward Hearst. Abby and Morgan were waiting for me with smiles as we loaded my bags into the cedar boat and away we went across the lake on our way to our little piece of paradise. As I looked to my left, and to my right the only thought floating around in my head was ’Boy, this sure does beat planting trees!’
I had a lot of first time experiences at the lodge. It was my first time driving a boat, my first time waiting tables, my first time clubbing a fish so I could prepare it for cleaning (!!!), my first time cleaning pike, and my first time feeling comfortable taking on so many challenges and feeling myself excel at the things that may have once scared me silly.
I will never forget my first day on the job. Oh how excited I was to dive in and show my fellow workers just how eager I was to learn. Oh how overwhelmed I felt by the end of the day. I couldn’t help but wonder how the heck I was supposed to get all these tasks done! Doris could always tell when I was thinking or feeling overwhelmed because she said I looked like a poor deer caught in the headlights! Once the summer progressed I became a buck with a brand new rack.
I have taken away so much from my time at the lodge. One of the most valuable pieces of advice Abby and Doris gave me was never be afraid to ask for help. We are all part of the Wabatong family and we’re hear for each other. I couldn’t have asked for two better people to work for. I will always be grateful to you both for giving me the chance to be apart of your Wabatong family. From the bottom of my heart thank you a million times over.
There is so much that I can say here today but I am going to keep this one short and sweet. Thank you to the guests of 2010. Thank you for the laughs, your knowledge, your fishing stories and for making our job so much fun! I wish you all the best of luck. We can’t wait to see you again next year! To Abby, Doris, Morgan, Devin, Syliva, Joey, Vern, Lori, Larry, Matt, Emily, Dianne, and Ivan thank you for the memories.
your friendly blogger,
From Errington’s Wilderness Island www.WildernessIsland.com