I don't have any trouble with saying no, and he would be ok with that. My problem is that I don't think I should, just say no.
This guy is a really good friend, we've gone through all the ironing out stages of close friendship years ago. So I feel that helping him out is just part of the commitment of friendship.
I think I am irritated by the bad judgement of his decision more than anything. The work dosn't bother me, it would probably be fun, it's the waste of resources that really bugs me.
Any of the 3 lakes, near us, are a 160 mile round trip. With gas prices what they are, thats a major outing. This was, imo, an impulsive decision for him, at this time.
Maybe that I'm resistant to change, things have been working just fine the way they have been for the last 7 years. This is a poor time to add expense to one's leisure activities.