It’s decision time at the Northern Edge of Algonquin Park. To get an atv or not to get an atv, that is the question. We’ve been doing a lot of procrastination in deciding what to do about our seasonal change overs. Canoe trips in Algonquin Park, Snow shoe treks on crown land . . . Each spring and fall we put a lot of energy in people power in moving things around, bringing out new equipment for the season, putting away last season’s stuff. We also have a remote camp that we set up in the winter, to enjoy backcountry adventures, sometimes sleeping out, but always enjoying wonderful meals.
We have also spent a lot of time hiking and mountain biking and preparing and clearing trails of debris (fallen trees) and such. I’m sure it would be helpful in gardening and moving trailers around as well. Of course we’d be using it in the forest harvesting fallen trees for firewood too.
The Question is can we afford to continue spending the staff time doing these seasonal chores, or would it be better to invest in a tool that makes life a lot easier and reduces the time we spend on such things. . . and long term, the cost of doing these things.
The issue really is one of cost. Putting up front $8000 for a new ATV or half that for something 8-10 years is an issue. At the low time of the season, we don’t have a lot of income to cover such an expense, so each spring we do it by a lot by hand. Also some by truck. Without getting a tool like this now, we will continue to have ongoing expenses that are hard to pin down. Work just takes longer to do by hand and foot.
A few years ago, I would never have imagined having an ATV at the Edge, but way out here on the edge of Algonquin Park, it might be a practical expense. . . . and as the pricing of used ATV’s shows, these things tend to hold their value pretty well. Over 10 years its $400/year.
Any advice from webland appreciated on this one.