09/17/08: Kinnikinnick Campground, Huntington Lake, CA: I realized I never included a photo of our host site at Kinnikinnick campground. In order to get satellite signals, I needed to move the motor home far forward in the site to clear the trees. Our large satellite dish is actually getting an Internet satellite AND a DirecTV satellite. So it has to be clearing trees in two different directions. As you can see from the photo, the RV site isn't level at the entrance, so the front of the motor home is WAY in the air! But it's worked for the past 5 months - it just looks pretty funny with the front wheels a couple feet in the air.
We just finished our two days off. A couple days ago, we had a pleasant picnic on the lake. Although we work and live on the lake, we haven't taken the time to "enjoy" using the lake. Yesterday, we took a long day drive circling the Kaiser Wilderness. This 90+ mile drive took us far back into the forest with beautiful views. Unfortunately, forest fires in the area (over 100 miles away) created smokey conditions, so the views were not as great. But it was a nice day for a Jeep drive with a relaxing picnic.
09/11/08: Kinnikinnick Campground, Huntington Lake, CA: Being the slow season, work has slowed down, but not as much as expected. The weather is perfect and we're still getting many campers coming through the area. Connie has moved into the office to get some knowledge of how the office and store operate. at times, it can be extremely boring! At other times, it's very confusing. We'll start closing down a few more campgrounds next week, then most of the remainder of them after October 1st. Our portable office is being removed around October 10th.
In preparation for next year, we were invited to attend an Operations meeting in Reno the middle of October. Just about everything will be closed here, so we can attend this planning meeting. We'll also get the chance to visit our new area(s) with Larry's boss.
09/1/08: Kinnikinnick Campground, Huntington Lake, CA: The website was down for the past few days. I tried to update a portion of the site which didn't work out too well. It actually brought the site down. But as you can tell, we're back in full operation!
Today, being Labor Day, is the last busy day for campers. They're already packing up and leaving and the campgrounds will be quiet for the next couple of months. We enjoy this time of the year at the campgrounds. After a busy summer, we're glad to return to a quiet life here without the various camper problems. We didn't have any serious problems this year, but it's still frustrating to work so hard keeping the campgrounds clean and safe, only to have a few jerks trash the place, distrurb everyone all night long, or disregard every rule we have. But that's all over for this season! We saw old camper friends that we met last year, and made a few new ones. It's rewarding to have campers look us up when they come up here, then invite us over for dinner. These small tokens of appreciation make up for the jerks. Not only are the campers leaving, we already have fellow workers starting to leave. Since everything goes into slow mode, we don't need as many workampers hanging around. We had 7 workers leave today. But Connie and I are hanging around until almost the very end. We don't plan to leave the mountain until October 25th. We hope there's no early snow storms!