Sometimes miracles happen. Despite the crazy government shutdown which has shuttered Corps of Engineers (COE) parks and campgrounds across the country, here at J. Strom Thurmond COE recreation area, money has been found to keep things up and running until October 19th. After that, if Congress has not figured out a way to solve this mess, things may change. We shall see.
Today we had to go to the visitor center and meet with our supervising ranger for orientation. We were in a large conference room with fellow volunteers filling out form after form and getting the lowdown on different jobs that needed to be filled. All while being watched over by Strom Thurmond himself.
We’ve been given a list of jobs to pick from and we have to let the ranger know what we’d like to take on next Monday. In the mean time, we have an on line driver education course we have to complete over the weekend to be able to drive the COE vehicles. Hope I pass.
After the orientation, Marti and I drove around some of the areas on Thurmond Lake to familiarize ourselves with the facilities.
The dam creates the lake with water from the Savannah River. The lake side,
and the down river side.
The dam also generates electricity. There is a huge electrical grid to deliver the juice to surrounding cities and towns.
There are some really nice beaches,
and the COE even provides loaner life jackets.
Marti and I have been bouncing back and forth our thoughts on which jobs we’d like to take on. No matter what, the rangers are thrilled to have volunteers helping run and maintain the area. Last fiscal year, volunteers saved this COE area $421,000. Nice to see a government program that actually saves the taxpayers money. :c)
We’ll know by Monday what jobs we’ll be doing. The jobs are all interesting and no matter what we do, it will be fun and worth doing.
In the mean time, we’re enjoying some wonderful weather and fantastic sunsets. :c)
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