We had a bunch to choose from. After much discussion, Marti and I narrowed our choices down to a few, one was collecting recyclables around Strom Thurmond Lake and taking them to the recycling center. Another was driving all over the place to sporting goods stores and collecting the money for annual park pass sales. We’d also like to get involved in doing some audits of entry receipts.
But most of all, I wanted to be doing the job my hero, Forrest Gump did. Cutting the huge amounts of grass around the Volunteer Village Campground.
After all, they have this really nice John Deere tractor here. I would be styling, riding that beauty around. My buddy Rick would be drooling.
Alas, it was not to be. We did not get to work on any of our choices. Our ranger supervisor had higher priority work that needed to be done. When you’re a “highly paid” employee of Corps of Engineers, you do what your boss wants. The best part was we would do it with Mike and Terri. :c)
Off we went to many locations around the lake. We conducted a safety inspection of the picnic tables, ensuring there were no loose or broken boards, or missing/loose nails.
We also inspected the barbecue grills at each site. Over the years the metal can rust out and hot coals could drop out and burn somebody.
Out of the dozens we inspected, we found a few that need replacing.
Most importantly, we looked at the trees around the campsites. We don’t want to see any trees fall on anyone’s RV, like this one that fell on Bill and Nancy's brand new motorhome when the stayed at the Modoc campground.
No, we checked all those items very carefully. Nobody’s going to get hurt or squashed on our watch! :c)
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