The siding had deteriorated so badly that the insulation showed through and what remained flaked off easily in your hand. This was the condition of the bathroom building near the amphitheater at Pocahontas SP. We learned of the project just before our arrival, but it appeared that, despite the severe need for repair, the project might have to be put on hold. The problem? The rough cut cedar panels that made up the exterior siding were either not available or extremely expensive.
Breaking away for a morning during the bathroom work, we worked with the the various staff and volunteers who would be involved in YCC this year. A lot had been learned in the intervening year, and we took from the meeting a different understanding of our role in this year’s activities. Only time would tell whether this year would be an improvement on last year.
On Monday, David helped with one of the youth teams as they did cleaning during the early morning rain. But the big task for the week began in the afternoon, as the kids began building a new hiking trail north of Swift Creek Lake. By month-end, with only 1 ½ days of trail work under their belt, they were making good progress. The park management was pleased enough with the overall trajectory of the program that they rewarded the kids with a lunch out at nearby Mexican restaurant. David, at least, got to join them while Cathy nursed her poison ivy back at the RV. That’ll teach you to be careless around the nasty vine.
On Jayden’s birthday weekend, Adam’s and Bonnie’s families gathered to camp with us at the park. The rain let up enough to give us a nice weekend together, with lots of campfires, pool time, s’mores, dutch oven delights and just time together. On Sunday afternoon, the 2 of us joined Jayden for a party at Adam’s complete with half a dozen homemade birthday pies.