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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.


Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, 12/25/2013

Volunteer Village

J. Strom Thurmond Lake

Modoc, SC

Merry Christmas!

Today we had a wonderful Christmas meal here at the Volunteer Village.  There were 15 volunteers and one guest.
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Of course there was a lot of great food with enough left for another meal tomorrow night!
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Terri made a cake and corn pudding.  Everything was delicious!

Terri and I hope that all of you are enjoying a wonderful Christmas!