The Lowe’s grant allows us to turn our attention from fundraising to the actual work on the project. However, the work covered by the grant must be completed by Oct 31, the day before the Cabin Work Week event begins. So, our pre-Cabin Work Week activities have been ramped up as we are using the grant to prepare two cabin sites and obtain the necessary supplies for a productive 2 weeks this fall. Our attention has been split between recruiting volunteers, promoting and holding Cabin Work Days, assessing the work needed, researching materials, ordering supplies, and responding to the administrative requests for the Lowe’s grant.
With the assessments done, we took advantage of some hot afternoons to retreat to our computers and turn this information into orders for wood, paint and other supplies. We met the local Lowe’s store contacts, taking them on a tour of the site, answering questions about our first supply order, and scheduling 2 “Red Vest” days that will bring Lowe’s employees to volunteer at this year’s work site.
We had little time to do RV projects, but one problem forced us to pay attention. Our Watchdog power monitor / surge protector started alerting to a high voltage problem and would turn the power off to protect our rig. We discovered that we could turn off our A/C and minimize the disruptions, but this was not a solution that was easy to live with. After several checks confirmed it wasn’t our problem and wasn’t the Dominion Energy power coming in, we were about to change sites when the problem went away. Assuming it was a nearby camper that had recently left, we decided to stay put for the next few days until the end of the month, when we would be moving sites anyway. However, just a day later, the problem reappeared and we quickly decided that moving was our only recourse. Later assessments determined a problem with a breaker that needed to be replaced.
With the impromptu move, we settled into the site where we will stay until the project is over. We were both pleased at how quickly we were able to get in and settled. Maybe all that traveling improved our docking skills a bit.
One of the perks of being in southern Virginia is the proximity to family. We eagerly accepted an invitation to visit Bonnie and Troy for an afternoon barbecue, in exchange for some small chores around the yard. And Adam and Droz joined us for supper one evening at the park, where we enjoyed some time catching up, showed them around the cabins, and ended by listening to Adam’s guitar-playing.
Thanks to the work of the CCC, shade is abundant at Pocahontas. On our hottest Cabin Work Day of the summer, attendance suffered from the day’s forecast, but the workers who did show universally commented that the heat was not as brutal as they feared thanks to our green covering. Unfortunately, sometimes tree limbs (and trees) fall. To our surprise, this one fell on the road near us on a calm, sunny day. It makes you keep looking up, especially on windy days.
Thankfully, the heat that greeted us on arrival would not last indefinitely. As Ida’s remnants moved north toward us, the forecast finally contained some relief and fall seemed a possibility at last.