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It's that time again!!!!

Started getting ready to open the camp in Potter for the start of fishing season. Had a bunch of stuff collected this winter to take back to camp, and wanted to get a few things at camp brought home. Took a quick trip Saturday to camp. It might say 3 days till spring on the calendar, but you couldn't tell it by the weather in Potter County! Gotta love the Northern Tier. And I screwed up again and forgot to turn the phone sideways to take pics!
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Wishing I was at camp!
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"Winter" usually doesn't leave my NW Tioga camp until Easter. That's when the sun finally hits most of the steep driveway and the ice in the ruts begins to melt

Back in '99, my huntin' bud had a new truck and was itchin' to make a road trip, so we went up to camp in mid March Told him it'd still be winter up there, he said nah, it's been warm.

Less than a mile down the valley from camp, no snow in the fields and barely any on the cold side of the mountain tops, so he claimed he was right. Told him we ain't there yet. We never made it up the driveway in FWD. Front bumper was pushing snow half way up, ice under the snow. Had to shovel the last hundred feet or so to make it.

He never wanted to go up again in March.
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"Winter" usually doesn't leave my NW Tioga camp until Easter. That's when the sun finally hits most of the steep driveway and the ice in the ruts begins to melt

Back in '99, my huntin' bud had a new truck and was itchin' to make a road trip, so we went up to camp in mid March Told him it'd still be winter up there, he said nah, it's been warm.

Less than a mile down the valley from camp, no snow in the fields and barely any on the cold side of the mountain tops, so he claimed he was right. Told him we ain't there yet. We never made it up the driveway in FWD. Front bumper was pushing snow half way up, ice under the snow. Had to shovel the last hundred feet or so to make it.

He never wanted to go up again in March.
Let you know what it's like just south of Renovo in a couple of days. wife and I are planing on going up tomorrow for the day. A PGC forestry buddy of mine was in the area yesterday, said I might need the 4 wheel drive but shouldn't need the chains. Winter can be a long time going, down in the gut where camp sits.

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All it takes, is snow drifting in over the winter and no sunshine, until long after about everything has been melted off.

There's a dirt road not far from camp, over in Steuben Co. NY. When my cousin had a farm over there, snow would drift off'n the fields and close that road at least once or twice a winter. Because one spot in the road was a good 50' lower than the fields on top of the ridge.

Finally, back in the early 70s, they cut the bank way back from the road, so the snow wound up at the bottom of the bank, not so much out on the road.

One Easter we went up to camp when my son was about four or five, we'd had a warm spring. Temps were in the mid 70s at camp. Told my son I'd take him over and he could stand in some snow. Parents looked at me like I'd lost my mind.

Drove up that dirt road, knowing there would still be some snow at the bottom of that bank where the sun hadn't hit it yet. Snow was covered in dust, kid said where's the snow? Kicked some dust off and stuck him feet first in about two feet of snow. Even deeper back against the bank.

He made some snow balls, threw 'em at my parents when we got back to camp, told 'em the snow was right where I said it'd be.


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Back in the early 70’s we tent camped at the upper end of Cooks Run for the first day of fishing season. There was still snow across the creek from the tent on the bank, used it for a fish cooler until we left on Sunday.

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Spring can't be here soon enough!!
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Back from a quick trip to camp, snow was gone on most SF roads were. Spring has arrived to Sproul State Forest, at lease to area south of Renovo.

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"Winter's a long time goin'. Stays long this high". And that just about sums up Potter County Mountain Cabin Life.

Wishing I was at camp!
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"Winter's a long time goin'. Stays long this high". And that just about sums up Potter County Mountain Cabin Life.
“March green and muddy month down below, some folks like it, farmers mostly.”

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