Happy trails Frank.
Here's a beautiful photo of Frank Starkey, for whom Starkey's Point is named, looking dapper in a canoe on Cranberry many moons ago. This photo appears in the book "Boats and Boating on Cranberry Lake" by Alan P. Splete (buy it on Amazon), which we recently bought for Starkey's Point. I am so grateful to Alan for hunting this photo down, the only one I've seen of Frank.
At a guess, Frank here is paddling from the direction of Deremo Point toward Buck Island with the eastern-most tip of Joe Indian Island visible behind him and the rising slope of Bear Mountain in the background.
Happy trails Frank.
We opened the camp this past weekend, Memorial Day. Everything was in good order from our close-up last fall. Our visit was cut short by work schedules, but we'll be up again in June before the first guests arrive.
Send us an email through our contact page with any questions, we're looking forward to seeing returning groups, and meeting all the new guests!
We closed up the camp over Columbus Day weekend in October and enjoyed beautiful fall colors. With low rainfall in the Adirondacks this summer, the lake level was probably two feet below normal, exposing shoreline we rarely see. The low water opened a causeway across to the neighboring island, prompting an exploratory visit on foot.
The cabins are all closed up now, we had another wonderful season. Thanks to all the guests who made 2016 so memorable. We look forward to seeing returning faces next summer. Here's to 2017,
Aaron, Tammy, and Lila.
We just got back from more than two weeks at the camp where we enjoyed beautiful sunny days, starry nights, and mist off the lake in the mornings. By the close of Labor Day weekend, we were even starting to see red and yellow hues in the trees across the bay.
But, this was also a work trip with a few important tasks: replacing the cribbing under the northeast corner of the boathouse, installing new lights and doing some painting in the kitchen, cleaning and painting the decks outside the main camp, and replacing the back porch step.
The corner cribbing at the boathouse was close to collapse by the end of the season. I picked up 6 x 6 in. hemlock beams from a local sawmill and boated them across the lake. We now have enough to replace the remaining front cribs, although those are still in decent shape and don't need immediate attention.
We jacked up the corner of the boathouse, removed the old cribbing, and cut and installed new cribbing the same footprint before setting the boathouse corner back down. Replace the trim boards and some touch-up painting, now both bays are back in service. Thanks to my dad Andrew for all his help with this!
We also power-washed the decks at the main camp, primed, then painted with two coats of a heavy-duty deck paint. The decks look nice and fresh.
It was also time to replace the step at the back porch, a 13-foot solid hemlock beam that was beginning to disintegrate. The new beam was cut by Steve Folsom, who provided lots of lumber for Hugh when the camp was first built.
Since we put in the new range and kitchen cabinets, we've been meaning to remove the old stove-pipe adapter in the ceiling and add a new recessed light above that work space. The existing recessed light over the sink was replaced with a matching LED trip kit, the wall above the sink was re-painted, the outlets upgraded to code-compliant GFCI, and plate covers switched out.
Those were the big projects for this trip, thanks for reading all the way through! Hope to see you next season, Aaron & Tammy.
We took two trips to Starkey's Point in May to open the camp and work on some new projects. Between the first trip in early May and our second visit over Memorial Day weekend, all the leaves came out and the lake water warmed to comfortable swimming temperatures. Memorial Day weekend was wonderful!
This season we invested in a new battery bank for the solar power system after the old batteries gave out last season. The new 600 amp-hour bank should provide for general lighting needs and charging phones, tablets, and e-readers. The main camp and all the cabins have lights with CFL bulbs and standard 120v outlets for your electronics.
For the 2017 season, we're considering upgrading the small solar array too for better, faster charging. We'll be sure to keep you updated when that happens!
Thank you to all our new and returning guests for a second wonderful season! It was such a pleasure to meet everyone. It's mid-October and we have a couple repeat reservations for 2016, can't wait to see you again.
Sad news to share about the Wanakena General Store, which is closing for good this month. Rick and Angie did a wonderful job with the store and we will miss them and their cheery outpost. If Starkey's Point isn't in your plans, or you're looking for a place to stay in our off-season, check out Packbasket Adventures in Wanakena, also run by Rick and Angie, for rooms, cabins, and guide services.
Safe travels until we see you again,
Aaron & Tammy
Re-posting this beautiful photograph of the night sky over Cranberry Lake from the Adirondack Almanack website. Photographer Jessica Tabora notes that Cranberry Lake has some of the darkest skies in the park!
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We've made a few changes this year in response to feedback from guests. First, we brought a larger dining table out to Starkey's, which now seats eight comfortably. We also have two picnic tables on the north porch for outside dining.
Thanks to Chris at Tekris Power Electronics in Farmingdale, NJ, the solar power inverter was repaired this spring should provide reliable power for lights and charging phones, e-readers, and tablets. We put it through its paces in June and it performed admirably! Thanks Chris.