I wish every day here at J. Strom Thurmond COE was cutting edge, with excitement around every corner. But as we all know, sometimes life is boring, no matter where you may be. We do try and find the good and interesting in every day and keep positive, after all, we are living our dream. Even when we’re “grounded” whilst waiting on the Veterans Administration. But that is a topic for a whole other post (rant).
One fun task was decorating a Christmas Tree at the Thurmond Visitor Center. One of the rangers went out on the woods and cut down a tree, it turned out to be a very tall Charlie Brown tree. Of all the hundreds of thousands of trees all over the COE land, this is the best the ranger could find? (LOL)
We accepted the challenge and with Mike, Terri, Norma, Marti and I, we did our very best to make the tree rival the NYC Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.
We missed that mark by way more than a country mile, but it’s the thought that counts, right?
Just one more ornament.
Today, Marti and I set out on another patrol of the Thurmond Lake’s many campgrounds. Marti, as usual was my navigator. Armed with a plethora of maps and our GPS, we set out in a Park Ranger truck.
Although all but one campground is closed for the season, they still need to watched over. Each campground has a “sitter” volunteer couple, who actually live on the campground properties to keep an eye on things and be a presence to prevent vandalism and keep unauthorized people out of the campgrounds.
During the Christmas season, many of the folks take some time off and go home for the holidays. Some of them take their RVs with them, leaving the site empty.
There are still equipment storage buildings to be checked to ensure they are locked.
We even looked over the satellite dishes to make sure there were no problems.
Other folks leave their trailers at the campground and go home in their cars. We checked all around the RVs to ensure they were secure and there were no problems. We take care of our own. :c)
Also checked were the gate houses, all were locked securely.
Crazy as it may sound, we also checked each heavy steel gate, too, to make sure they were locked and there was no signs of tampering.
Not terribly exciting, but necessary work. The COE is a good steward of the American taxpayer’s property. We’re glad to be doing our part. It is very satisfying work and it’s a good feeling to be giving something back and help care for our beautiful natural resources.
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