We had 2 days before the rain was coming. Two days to pick up, sort out and stow the supplies scattered over 3 group cabin sites. The good news was the added help we had this year from several volunteers who joined us for this clean-up week after the Cabin Work Week ended. We managed to clean out Appamattuck, and all but one cabin at Chickahominy on the first day. But there was this large pile of wood. Despite moving a large load on the last day of the project, there were still 2 more loads to move down to the indoor storage at the Swift Creek Well House. The wood was still damp, heavy and the space to stow it already crowded. With the dump truck unavailable on Monday, we had to scramble on Tuesday to move and load as much wood as we could before our weary backs cried uncle. That left us unloading the final pieces in the rain on Wednesday morning.
With the project behind us, we managed to spend more time with Adam, helping him transform his school bus into the RV he is envisioning. Dave spent several days with him working the AC side of the electric and starting on the DC side before we ran out of time. We got to celebrate Droz’s birthday as well, which is a benefit of hanging around Virginia later into November. After one more visit with Bonnie’s family (on turkey harvesting day as it happened), it was time to pack up and head south.
Having deployed the “skirt” around the RV and the heaters underneath as a defense against freezing temperatures, we knew we were ready to head south again. We stopped at 2 different campgrounds along I-95 – Bass Lake in Dillon SC and McIntosh Lake in Townsend GA to slow our trip, allowing the campground at Faith to free up from the current Nomad project. Both were very quiet and scenic, despite their close proximity to I-95. We used our downtime to create a Scavenger hunt for our granddaughter on Goosechase. We both had fun over the Thanksgiving holiday as she took photos and videos for the various hunt items. Almost 15,000 points later, we had promised to do another for the Christmas holidays.
We certainly left the cold behind us. After a couple of chilly nights, we pulled into Jacksonville on Thanksgiving with a near record-setting 80+ degree day. That made for a hot, sweaty set-up process. Nothing like going from heat to AC in 24 hours. Don’t you love Florida? Still, it’s good to be back.
We have been gradually reconnecting with our friends here at Faith. But we had an unexpected treat in getting to see Pastor Rigo and his family who were visiting the day after Thanksgiving. It was great to see them, and know that they are doing well.
In the meantime, we are starting to prepare for our January project here at Faith. There’s always something to do.