- scraping buildings in preparation for painting
- replacing broken and deteriorated picnic tables
- reopen a campground water system
- falling and bucking hazard trees
- delivering water to camphosts
- cleaning/prepping restrooms in unopened CGs
Not the most glamorous, but at least it hasn't been boring.
This 15,000 gallon water tank had set dormant for almost 2 years as the campground it supported was closed last year due to hazard trees. A portion of the CG will be opened this year so we needed to treat and flush the entire water system. The tank is located about 100' above the CG in the forest and required a hike up a trail with a 30 degree incline toting the ladder and treatment supplies (2 trips to get it all to the top).
After treating the tank we opened every faucet in the CG to allow the system to flush. Once all the water had drained, we closed all the faucets and opened the pump to allow the system to refill. Water samples were taken over the weekend and we'll know the results this week.
After hazard trees have been identified and approved for removal by the Forest Service we will break out the chain saws and start cutting. Bucking trees is the process of cutting up the fallen/felled trees into smaller pieces so they can be removed. Joan and I spent almost 8 hours Friday bucking trees in 3 separate CGs. Now that's tough work. Joan made the comment that she's never worked so hard at manual labor. We both slept well that night.
|Steve, Jerry, Sharon, Michael & Anna|
We also had our first campfire of the season, inviting over some of the other workampers we work with...
After a tough week we had a day or two to play.
|Clackamas River & Hwy 224|
About 2 miles from our RV
|Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood|
63 in the Sunshine....We're Both Wearing Shorts
|One of Many Rafters on the Clackamas This Weekend|
|Mt Hood Reflection in Trillium Lake|
Yes, That's Ice Still in the Lake
We travel up and down the highway along the Clackamas River several times each day as we work in the 16 different campgrounds we're responsible for. So far during the last 3 weeks working we've encountered 5 skunks; 4 as roadkill and 1 that Joan barely managed to dodge as it crossed the road in front of her. Believe me when I say a little skunk goes a long way. Maybe we should contact the state of Oregon and see if we can petition for Skunk Crossings; you know those tunnels under the road they established in Florida for the bears to use to avoid traffic. In the meantime we'll just designate the skunk as Oregon's replacement for the armadillo.
Stayed Tuned....More to Come!