One of the tasks on our list when we first arrived 2 months ago was to finish staining “Hotel Pocahontas”, a 2-bedroom furnished cabin, frequently used by state park officials when in the area. With all the work with the teens and trails, we didn’t get to start work on this in earnest until the YCC ended. It had been pressure-washed by a previous park host, who had also started staining the front, but there was a lot more to do.
Why? Because we return October 1st!
At the end of October, 15 RV’s will be gathering to begin work to stabilize the group cabins originally built by the CCC in the 30’s. These cabins are unique within the Virginia State Park system and are in serious need of repair, with repairs needed to roofs and foundations just to keep them from beiing lost forever. However, the work to stabilize them will take many more years and more funding than is currently budgeted for the initial project.
There will be more work weeks scheduled in future years, as well as local volunteers continuing the work throughout the year. We are optimistic that this project will be a successful one in keeping this part of history for future generations.
Early one muggy Monday morning, we arrived as requested at the pool. Despite the heat, we weren’t there for a swim though. The pool had closed for the season the day before to allow work to begin on the restoration of the pool house. To allow the contractor to start the next day, the fixtures inside the pool house needed to be removed and stored elsewhere. So we helped remove, move, and stack whatever we could. By the afternoon, our attention had turned to removing almost 2 dozen light fixtures that would be re-deployed elsewhere at the park. The next day, the contractor began on schedule. We’ll be interested to see the new building when it opens next year.
Campfires, bike rides, and canoe trips. When we have that combination of activities, there must be a few grandkids nearby. We had the treat of a few days visit from Troy and Taylor and split our time between projects and some fun time. The kids were eager to help as well. And it gave us an excuse to enjoy one of the nicest days of the summer out on the water with the 2 of them. Later that week, Adam, Droz and his girlfriend Trinity joined us for an afternoon of bike riding. A last hurrah before we headed out and summer drew to a close.