As the project’s start approached, we spent more of our time doing the administrative work and less hands-on activities. We had to make some supply runs, assign campsites and assemble camper packets, assign volunteers to work teams, plan and develop off-work activities, and coordinate lunches. This was made more intense by a last minute (2 weeks before the project) email to the Virginia State Park host distribution list, which yielded a dozen new volunteers and filled our campsites for the first time in 5 years. The late rush meant there were daily emails about paperwork, site assignments, background checks, and more.
It had been a couple of years since we had visited with Steve and Linda in Hampton. After an earlier visit was postponed by Ian’s arrival, we finally were able to get together in late October. We enjoyed time catching up, spending time together and taking a trip on the bay in Bay Dreamer. It was a beautiful weekend, so the wait was worth it. We also took some time while there to clean out much of our boating supplies up in their attic, which was kind of liberating. Even with all of our downsizing, we have too much stuff.
For the first time in 3 years, we were asked by the park to drive the hay wagon on a hay ride. The new CCC Museum curator was planning a nighttime hay ride to the cemetery (there are many in the park) that has the graves from the Gill and Dance families. This was a little nerve-racking since we would have a narrow spot to turn the wagon around at the end of the ride and it would be very dark (no moon). We learned at the last minute that there was another spot to turn around that would be much easier. It was. So, we were able to turn the wagon around and then join the group at the cemetery for a magical experience and an interesting talk about the history of the area before it was a park.