Historic Birch Lodge

Historic Birch Lodge
Historic Birch Lodge, Trout Lake, MI

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Birch Lodge and a Restored Boat

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Restored boat, Birch Lodge, Trout Lake, MI
The Birch Lodge "Navy" has now doubled in size with the addition of a vintage row boat. It is as yet unnamed and unchristened, although Bill is kind of partial to calling it "Trout Leak". (Deb edits this to add--but it doesn't leakRestored!)

This beauty formerly was situated in informal dry dock with about a dozen other steel row boats. Informal storage here in the UP means dumped in a pile at the edge of the woods.

  However, a little sanding and sealing and a lot of paint in a scheme that replicates that visible on old photos, we now have a distinctive water craft to ply the lake. Oh, and it is steel, quite heavy, and takes a bit more effort than those new-fangled flimsy aluminum boats to cruise or carry.

 In fact, you may notice there are TWO oarlocks. They may be for moving between seats - we hope they do not mean it takes two people to move the darned thing through the water. In any event, the sailor will get a work out - A-row-bercize UP-style (Deb edits to say OH BILL!)  (Birch Lodge Boot Camp?) Give it a try!!  (Deb says Bill did this post, it rows nicely....step away from the coffee Bill...)

1 comment:

  1. Wow, those boats are sure beautiful! The colrs are gorgeous! We hope to come up soon and see them this summer. Looking forward to staying at the motel.