At every campground at J.Strom Thurmond Lake is a gatehouse where campers check in and pay for their sites.
Because there is low demand for campsites this late in the season, most of the campgrounds are closed, leaving just one open all year.
Most of the closed campgrounds are in outlying areas, quite a way from towns. To prevent vandalism and theft of the electronic equipment in each gatehouse, it must be inventoried and removed to safe storage.
We drove way out to a couple of campgrounds with a COE ranger to inventory the equipment. The ranger called out the numbers to Marti to check off on an inventory sheet.
After all the equipment was accounted for, we wrapped up all the cords,
packed up the small equipment,
and loaded it in the truck.
Now the gatehouse is almost ready to be closed for the winter.
One final item had to be removed, the pass return box.
Even these have been known to disappear over the winter. :cO
Once we removed all the equipment, we drove over to the Strom Thurmond Dam.
Inside the dam, the COE has a climate controlled storage room where we unloaded all the equipment. It was amazing to be inside the dam, it is huge. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take any pictures, so here is one I found on the Internet of the turbine room with one turbine being overhauled. All the turbines were in working condition today.
We ended our work day and work week with actually accomplishing something. Next week, it might be back to pin hunting, so we’ll have to be happy with today’s results. ;c)
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