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November Update… finally

Sunday, 12/29/2013

Volunteer Village

J. Strom Thurmond Lake

Modoc, SC

YES!  I’m waaaay behind on the blog.  So here’s an update about our final day at Huntington Beach State Park and the rest of November!

On Monday, 11/4, we packed up and headed back to J. Strom Thurmond Lake Volunteer Village.  We followed Paul & Marti…

as far as Shaw Air Force Base where they turned off to stay for a few days.  Turns out, unbeknownst to Terri and I, Paul had been having some problems with his eye.  Long story short, he had to have emergency laser surgery to correct a serious tear in his retina.  You can read all about it here.  Terri and I continued on with an uneventful trip back “home.”  Paul & Marti finally made it back four days later on Friday, 11/8.  Paul has had follow-up visits, and his eye continues to improve.

On Saturday, 11/9, we met our RV friends Jim & Judy for lunch.

They were staying near us at Petersburg Campground after leaving Huntington Beach.  We had a delicious lunch at a local Mexican restaurant…

and a wonderful visit with them.  Terri and I look forward to seeing them again somewhere “down the road.”

On Wednesday, 11/20, we attended a pre-Thanksgiving pot-luck at the power plant below the dam at J. Strom Thurmond Lake…

with fellow volunteers, rangers, power plant employees, and others from throughout the J. Strom Thurmond Corps of Engineer project.  There was a lot of food…
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and a lot of people!  The food was really good, and it was nice getting together with so many of the people that we’ve met while volunteering here.

On Saturday, 11/23, we tagged along with Paul & Marti to Lincolnton, GA, for the Lincolnton County Pioneer Day.  There are several buildings on the grounds that the county has “rescued” and preserved for future generations to experience.  There were also many displays, exhibits, and food!  We had a great time, and I hope to do a blog entry very soon specifically about our day there.

Of course on Thursday, 11/28, we celebrated Thanksgiving here with many of the other volunteers, and you can read all about it here.

Oh, and we’ve been working too!  In addition to counting the collected fees every week and making a bank run, we’ve also checked the supply and condition of life vests supplied by the Corps at beaches, performed safety inspections on grills and photographed those that need replacing, inspected and made a list of picnic tables that still need re-staining, performed an inventory of the unassigned keys, and took one of the Corps vehicles in for repairs.  We also retrieved four of the fee collection cans one day.

Terri and I are still really enjoying our time here volunteering.  Everyone with the Corps is so easy to work with, and we have a great bunch of volunteers here at the village.



  1. Good to hear that all is well. Happy New Year and hope to see you in 2014!!!

  2. Glad to see you haven't completely lost your blog fingers. :-)). Will we have to wait until the end of January to find out about December. LOL!! Pretty nice that a "job" can be so enjoyable. Sounds like you've found a home.

  3. So happy to hear from you! Of course, we knew you were OK because Paul mentions you in his blog :)
    Sounds like a perfect place to volunteer. Too bad it's not a little bit warmer :)
    Beautiful sunset picture!

  4. Never would have thought that a volunteer position would be so much fun. You guys are definitely a bonus to the COE, and it looks like having Paul & Marti there helps too :-)

  5. Good to hear from you, sounds like a great place to volunteer. Have a Happy New Year!!

  6. Good thing we have so much work to do here at Thurmond COE, or those Thanksgiving calories would stick...

    We're having a great time here and love the friendship of all the volunteers, even if I can't win at Wednesday night card games. ;c)

  7. You and Terri are inspiring us. We may have to look into volunteering one day too. Your sunset photo is it.

  8. Great recap of your November. The Strom Thurmond COE sure seems like a fun place for volunteers.

    Good to see someone is there to keep an eye on Paul to try and keep him on the straight and narrow!

  9. Looks like a great place to volunteer. If you guys are there next summer, Bruce and I hope to get down to see you for a weekend. We will be leaving in our fifth wheel by then waiting for my retirement. Can't wait!