Marti and I were out and about again, trucking through areas around Thurmond Lake, inspecting another area’s boat docks. Even though there were quite a bit of woods we had to hike in, there were no ravines to stumble in and out of, very nice, for a change. :c)
Property owners near the lake’s shoreline can lease a spot to put a boat dock, but the dock itself has to be maintained in good condition at all times and the access through the COE’s wooded property cannot be disturbed too much, to preserve the natural beauty of the area.
Most of the docks we’ve inspected have been neat and well maintained. We document the condition with a photograph for the lessor's file.
Occasionally, we find some docks in flagrant violation of the requirements, like this one, broken from its moorings and washed up on shore, left to rack and ruin.
Then there are people that also violate the rules concerning the pathways to the docks, instead of leaving thing as undisturbed and natural, they cut down trees and use the logs to line the pathways.
Once again, our job is not to police the problems, but to identify them to the rangers, who will deal with them. I can see why the COE needs volunteers to do these tasks, the area around Thurmond Lake is so vast that without the volunteers, many places wouldn’t be inspected for years. Makes you wonder what kind of abuses would take place on COE government property then!
I should stress that most residents around the lake are very careful and fully abide by and agree with the rules. But there is always that one percent that think the rules don’t apply to them.
We’d be doing more of the dock inspections, we have a total of twenty to inspect, photograph and document in one area, but we had to cut our work short, for the incoming winter storm.
We came South to miss winter storms, but for some reason, one has followed us here. The ice came first, then the snow. A predicted four to six inch snowfall.
We were snug as the proverbial bugs in a rug in the Journey and enjoyed a nice night together reading and listening to soothing music on our radio.
This morning we got up to this:
Hardly a blizzard, just about two inches. Nothing like the blizzards we’re used to, having grown up in the North. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the folks from Northern states would look at this snowfall, proclaim a beach day and go out to get a suntan.
But hey, if the COE wants to give us a snow day, who are we to complain? ;c)
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