Well, I finally did it. While I belong to a family hunting / fishing camp in the northern tier, I have never enjoyed the pleasure of having a place all my own until now. I have been spending the past few summers visiting a friend of mine who has a cabin on Shelly Island on the Susquehanna river and I always said, if a cabin would ever come up for sale (which they rarely do there) I would have to buy one. Low and behold, this past fall, the cabin right next to my friends went up for sale. While it wasn't the best time in my life to pull the trigger on buying a cabin due to going through a divorce, I did it anyway. Sometimes opportunities present themselves at the most inconvenient times and you have to follow your heart.
The elderly couple that owned it were true river rats and they really took care of the place and enjoyed staying there all summer long on the weekends. They were very particular about selling the place to the right person as most people on the island are, and they were very comfortable selling it to me as I talked with them often when I would visit my friends place. The island is more like a community and the people who have camps out there treat everyone like family. I'm really looking forward to the ice breaking up on the river so I can get out there and start remodeling the place to make it my own. The remodeling is mostly cosmetic as I want the decor to look more like a fishing cabin than a summer trailer. Here are some before pictures and I'm looking forward to sharing some after pictures after I get some work done.
You can see the corn in this picture behind the camp. The interior of the island is farmed and their are deer, foxes, raccoons and minks running around out there.
The steps ramp and dock. The cabin sits at the highest point of the island so the only time they ever got water was during hurricane agnes in 72'
The sunn porch off the deck and one of the bedrooms. They left me all the furniture. Some I'll keep some, but some of it will need to find a new home.
Took Mom and Dad out to show them the place and they couldn't help helping me blow leaves and clean up the yard.
View looking west over Goldsboro where I can sit on the deck and watch the sunset. Bald eagles frequently fly by and you can sit on the deck and glass ducks, herons and other wildlife with binoculars. My springer spaniel Cosmo loves it out there and loves the boat ride to get there. Bring on Spring!
What I plan on spending a lot of time doing when I'm not hanging around a fire on the deck of the cabin.