Staffed and Unstaffed


Our delight at being fully staffed is proving to be short lived.  It turns out that one of our seasonal rangers will be leaving in a couple weeks to take a permanent job with the CORPS — leaving us a little on the short side, as another of the rangers will be also be gone — for 2 weeks of Guard training.  So, we might as well get used to not seeing much of the rangers.  sigh.

CORPS in KS
There are quite a few CORPS campgrounds in KS!

Yup.  Matt will be heading to a CORPS project in Eastern Kansas to start his career.  Personally, going to Kansas has always struck me as the middle of nowhere, or the middle of everywhere (seeing as it’s right smack dab in the middle of the U.S.) — but we certainly do wish him well.  He’s a smart young lad and with his personality he’ll do well in the CORPS.

Creative thinking

A couple weeks ago the staff here realized they were a little short of fee envelopes.  So they have been keeping the self-pay kiosks supplied with envelopes, but not very many at a time.  I guess there’s some issue about ordering them from the Government Printing Office and time delays.  20160605070954134Anyway, after a month of being stingy with envelopes someone had a brilliant idea.  It IS actually.

The rangers also have another supply of envelopes — they are the ones that get handed out when they write a ticket to visitors for doing something wrong or for not having a Day Use Pass.  Those envelopes are identical to the standard fee envelopes except they have an extra piece of paper stapled to the envelope with instructions for the ticket recipient:  place your fine in the envelope and deposit the envelope in the self-serve kiosk.  Why not just pull off that added sheet of paper and use the fine envelopes as fee envelopes.  Voila!  Danger of running out of envelopes averted.  And nicely done too.  All thanks to the youngest and only female intern who thought about the problem and came up with a simple solution.  I love answers like that!

In the meantime…

Keep-Looking-UpWe’re still going on about our usual routines.  We’ve been asked to make a point of looking for hazards in the campground.  The rangers want to go through with tree trimming equipment (and/or a contractor for trees they may not be able to handle) and trim out all the dead trees, hanging limbs, widow-makers, etc..  I’m glad to see attention being given to this project.  We haven’t a lot of dead trees, but there’s one big old tree that is cracked down the length of it — near a campsite.  There are a number of other ‘leaners’ and hanging bits — so rather than see anyone injured I’m glad to keep looking up for the cause!

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It’s Sunday today, so it’s our busy day.  Lots of campsites to clean and people to see on their way.  Our role isn’t very big here.  But we greet a lot of people with worry lines on their faces and most of them leave with a smile — so to me it’s all worth it.  Yesterday we had three separate walk-ins (1 pickup truck camper and 2 class C’s) that were inaugural trip campers.  All three of them were a little nervous about what they’d gotten themselves into.  And a little uncertain about the campground.  We had extra time to spend with them just helping them get over their jitters.  Fortunately we had a few open sites to accommodate them.

With Father’s Day and the 4th of July coming up separated by a week we’re looking at a busy month ahead. Better a little busy than too idle. It might be close to time to make a trip into the Twin Cities in search of a good French Bakery.  And I’m sure we’ll have to make at least one trip to IKEA and one to the Apple Store while we are here.

One of these 16 oz bottles of powder will last a good long time.
One of these 16 oz bottles of powder will last a good long time.  It’s an inert compound and doesn’t get ‘old.’

I did buy some boric acid — I want to put some roach traps in a couple places. Prevention is the name of the game here. After seeing one roach come up through the sink drain we have treated the drains but I want to be sure we don’t have any others;  we haven’t seen any — but when it comes to critters I’d rather be safe than infested.  So, a little preventive medicine is good — and it’s not something that is toxic to us as long as used according to directions.

The leaf cover continues to thicken.  Last time we were here we arrived mid season and we didn’t get to appreciate just how thick the forest is.  But when you arrive with nothing more than sticks visible and can watch the forest leaf out it’s really wonderful seeing the full cycle of growth.

Well, there you have our Sunday morning.  It’s stopped raining, there’s nice weather in the forecast and a little bit of heat to boot — so we’re hoping for a nice week.  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be here again tomorrow to chat.

 

 

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