An early morning start to help Ranger Andrew. The “Iron Ranger” fee boxes all around J. Strom Thurmond Lake boat ramps and day use areas have money boxes that need to be collected. A team of volunteers heads out weekly to collect the boxes, exchanging an empty box for a full one. To keep everything honest and ensure integrity, sample boxes at different areas are audited, then the audit is later compared to the box when it is brought in for counting the fee money that is later deposited.
The audit took only an hour, three fee boxes were sampled, then we headed back for our next adventure, one we’ve been waiting a long time to do.
Pin Hunting! The first pin of our tour.
This pin led to finding another encroachment on Corps land. We ran a tape line from one pin to another and the encroachment was revealed.
There was some new construction and a pile of debris and a electrical pole (to the right of the yellow line) has to be moved. Oops!
A littler further another problem. Double Oops! Looks like some rebuilding of a wall needs to be done.
What did the day bring next? Here’s a hint:
We had a bunch of dock inspections to do. The Corps leases dock space on the lake to people, with the regulation that the docks are kept in good working order. Instead of doing the inspections from the land side, it was quicker to do by boat.
Marti and I, with Ranger Pepper, launched one of the Corps boats,
and spent a couple of hours on Thurmond Lake inspecting the docks in one area.
Lots of sun, fresh air and smiles. Perfect day for a boat.
And yes, we were wearing our life jackets. These are inflatable life jackets, very light to wear, giving lots of freedom of movement, while keeping you safe. It made me sort of pine for my Coast Guard boat driving days. It came right back.
Always something interesting to do here in our workamping jobs.
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