Stalwart Early Staff
June 24th, 2013 in Yesterday
Paul Fraser worked for us beginning in 1995. We realized the challenges of Scottish Lakes during its early, extremely rustic years were better served with a team effort! When I let Paul know that I wanted to feature him in the newsletter he sent me a few anecdotes. We smile now…but at the time the learning curve was straight up with stress levels pretty high. The following tidbits are mostly direct quotes.
- I got a 50% pay raise when Bryce flipped his snowmobile and I ran over him with the Tucker snocat. I had worked at High Camp just a few weeks. Don paid $400 in roaming charges trying to tell me how to run the place.
- I used a snowmobile to get from High Camp to the Tucker snocat 8 miles below at Highway 2 to plug it in and heat the block so it would run. The timing depended on how cold it was. If it was colder, we plugged it in earlier. I did jumping jacks and ran laps for an hour or more while the block heater did its work. One time I got down there so late at night that it was pointless to head to the cabin to sleep, so I slept in the back of the Tucker.
- Almost every time we had guests in Lupine and the old Larkspur the cabin would fill up with smoke and I would have to go over and act like I could fix the problem. I would just mess around with the chimney and spark arrester until it started to draw well enough to work.
- Bryce and I played rummy every night and kept score on an adding machine tape. He was beating me by over 1000 points.
- One of our favorite quotes was when a little kid that had just put snow in his cocoa said, “My cocoa tastes like gas!” He had gotten his snow from where we filled and apparently spilled kerosene.
- I did a lot of great skiing and snowboarding. Dominic was my main partner on exploration trips. Dominic and I named the run next to Heartstopper High School Keg Party because when we skied it we got a lift to the hairpin with a bunch of high school kids that were friends of a certain employee that were going up there to party. We wanted a lift, but we wanted no part of whatever was to follow. Don never did put that name onto the trail map.
- I worked with a lot of great people. I always looked forward to the weekends when Chris and Don came over. Don’s enthusiasm and appreciation always was infectious no matter how much everything else sucked.