Saturday morning’s interview was Brett Niemi, leaseholder of Altoon’s Alehouse. The original camp, built by his grandfather Aale Kurtti in the late 60’s burned down in 1991. A benefit was held at a local bar to raise money to rebuild Altoon’s camp. $6,000 was donated by the community! That shows how much the town cared about Altoon (Aale) and found it necessary that he have a camp to relax, hunt and fish at. If that doesn’t say how much these camps mean to the area, I don’t know what does.
During Brett’s interview I left my GoPro recording outside the camp, hoping to catch a time-lapse of the rain storm coming in. It never rained. The radar looked like it was supposed to rain an hour after I arrived at the camp. My meteorologist friend texted me after the interview to tell me the rain should hold off for my shoot. Yes, it did and I managed to get some great video. The overcast skies made the green forest really vibrant on camera. Now if it weren’t for those darn mosquitoes.
One story of Alvin’s I can’t wait to share in the film is about a tame partridge that hung around the camp area for seven years. It would meet Alvin along the trail into camp and ride on his ATV and keep him company out deer hunting, either on his head or a nearby tree branch. You certainly are one with nature when you’re out at camp.