I was under the impression that states got along with each other. That cooperation was one of the foundations of our great nation.
Here at J. Strom Thurmond Lake, South Carolina and Georgia have squabbled back and forth over the name of the lake made by the Thurmond Dam which is located between their borders.
On the South Carolina side of the lake, it is called J. Strom Thurmond Lake. Cross over the dam to Georgia and suddenly the lake’s name becomes Clark’s Hill Lake. Even the maps in the states have their name choice on them.
It makes it interesting when you are trying to find your way around the area that you’ve never been before. Today we finished up our grill banging tasks and were sent on to a new one.
All around the lake are day use areas and boat ramps. Fees are charged for folks to use the areas, but to save the COE money by not staffing the entry points, there are cash boxes where envelopes for payment are available.
Despite the government shutdown, money may not be flowing out of Washington, but they still want that fee money to flow in.
We spent the day driving around restocking these heavy steel boxes with payment envelopes.
The user pulls an envelope out from the side, puts in the money and deposits the envelope in a slot after tearing off a proof of payment tag to hang on the mirror.
The payment boxes needed to have the envelopes restocked. After unlocking a heavy padlock and removing the box top, we were able to reach inside and place in a new stack of envelopes. Well, reaching inside after removing cobwebs and the icky spiders that seemed to inhabit most of them. They must like these dark spaces. Certainly a look before you leap issue.
After “work”, Mike, Terri, Marti and I went over to the one COE campground that is still open. We went to site 19 where some special friends just arrived.
It is George and Laurie Owen, whom we met at the 2010 RV Dreams Rally and have been friends since then, meeting up several times on the road.
Hopefully, they will be able to stay to the end of their reservation, despite the government shutdown. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed.
Of course, since Laurie, Mike and I all have blogs and are always on the lookout for new “Blog Fodder”, we were all snapping pictures of each other. I guess our faces will be showing up on each other’s blogs.
I guess it must be some kind of shared RV DNA. :c)
As for which name I think the lake should have, I’m sticking with J. Strom Thurmond Lake. After all, he’s watching me…
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