It was hard to keep up with the work. With three primary worksites for the Cabin Work Week teams, re-visiting each site showed dramatic changes from the last trip. The three cabins sit in the Swift Creek Camp section of Pocahontas State Park. The Dining Hall, frequently used for weddings and other events, is ringed by 5 buildings that were in varying states of disrepair. We were working on the 3 that were in worst shape. Check out the video of the project here.
Shopping for a truck while you’re standing in a parking lot on work breaks is an interesting process, but you do what you have to do. It took some doing, but we managed to find a 4x2 Ram 2500 longbed truck that would fit more comfortably under the cab of our RV. After a marathon session with the dealer to work through the actual purchase, we drove away on our own wheels for the first time in over 2 weeks. A fellow camp host had taken us back to our old truck to strip everything we could out of it. That included the hitch, which we now had to install in the bed of the new truck.
Although we had our new truck now, we still had a few things to do to be able to leave for Jacksonville. Not the least of which was to sell our old truck, which had sat on the Ford Dealer's lot since the day it died in mid-October. While we waited for the buyers to beat down our door, Cathy made one more trip to NC and Dave worked with the November park host to continue to finish up the exterior work on the 3 CCC cabins from Cabin Work Week.
By the end of our 2nd week, Cathy was back and we had disposed of the truck. It was a good thing, too. We had had more than enough nights of hard frosts and chilly days. Saying goodbyes and thanks to the park staff and fellow volunteers, we headed out Sunday before Thanksgiving. We planned to share our Thanksgiving meal with our friends at Faith in Jacksonville.