As we continued to make progress staining the deck on last of the yurts, we made ourselves available to help with some fun activities as well. The big event for the month was Park After Dark, a Halloween festival with hayrides, night hikes, crafts, critters and candy – to name just a few of the activities. We were joined by Adam and Droz as volunteer “floaters”, moving between tasks as needed by the festival organizers. By the time we arrived, Adam and Droz had helped transform the area with some well-placed skeletons and (non-native) spider’s webs along with other mood-setting paraphernalia. While Cathy moved to the front gate, Adam took up his post doing crowd-control for face-painting at the CCC Museum. Dave looked to fill-in where needed – from refueling the generator at the craft tent to re-supplying the candy coffers at Trunk Or Treat.
The Thursday before Park after Dark, we made our annual trip to Reston for our physicals and a visit with Cookie. (And found ourselves staining her back deck while we were there. Good thing we are now experienced.) Although we had a small celebration with Cookie of Cathy’s 60th, Cathy assumed the birthday celebrations were over and she was ready to move on – until we arrived back at the park on Saturday afternoon.
The park is a great place to bike ride. While we stick to the roads or the wider trails, Adam and Droz have taken on the more difficult mountain biking trails. Before we left, we had fun riding bikes with both of them, which gave Grandpa the chance to give Droz some lessons in maintaining his new (to him) bike.