I revisited that camp this weekend along with my production assistant for the day, my best buddy Kara. I was given the name of one of the leaseholders, Jim Saur, owner of Krupp’s Mini Mart in Twin Lakes. I’m glad I called Jim when I did last Monday because the timing was perfect. He, the other leaseholder Paul and a few other friends who built the camp had plans to go out there this weekend. The next time they all gathered wouldn’t be until hunting season.
They were a great group of guys; eager to talk with plenty of stories to tell. I emailed Jim a copy of my questions earlier in the week and they pretty much knew what they wanted to say when we sat down to talk. They made my job pretty easy. Not camera shy at all, Jim and Mike sat at the table and chatted about how the camp was built, why they picked that spot, what having the camp has meant to them and their families and the friendships that have been built from this camp and its location. I could tell they are pretty attached to their camp and this part of the river.
In the background of this interview I could hear the river rushing below the camp. The camp or “Kamp” as they call it sits right above the Middle Branch among tall, old white pines. I can imagine how relaxing it is to wake up in the morning and sit on the porch with a cup of coffee and listen to and watch the river and why you would never want to tear that camp down.
I wish I could have stayed and filmed all day, listening to their stories and filming the camp and beautiful scenery. They seemed like a great crew to hang out with; friendly, welcoming and laid back. They had lots of plans and work to do this weekend and I had to catch a ride to Green Bay to run a half marathon the next morning. I thank them for the few hours they set aside for the film and sharing their stories (and for the beer afterwards). I do have to go back and get some outside shots of the camp, the river and trail. And if they are game, stop by again this hunting season to see if there’s anything hanging on their signature pink buck pole.