Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Planning for Next Summer

We're looking for volunteer assignments for next year. Since we have decided it would be nice to spend more time in Colorado for a change, we have applied to the Colorado State Parks. On our way north from Arizona and New Mexico we talked with the volunteer coordinator at Lathrop State Park in Walsenburg. It is our favorite park on the Front Range and they have two slots for maintenance volunteers, as well as campground host positions. We aren't interested in serving as campground hosts, but we do enjoy maintenance. One of the slots includes staffing the Camp Store at Lathrop, as well as doing maintenance. We think we have a good chance of getting that position from May through mid-July. We certainly hope so.

We also applied on-line for three other state park positions and this week Barr Lake State Park, located on the northeast edge of the Denver Metro area, called. It is a day use park with a hike/bike trail, wildlife reserve, nature center and fishing. We had never been to the park, but said we would like to come. Since we couldn't arrive till mid-July, they have to see if someone can cover the early part of the summer. Yesterday we drove to Barr Lake and fell in love with it. We watched two large flocks of Canadian Geese land on the lake and saw hundreds of other birds. Beyond the birds, it is very quite. We would really enjoy being there and hope it works out.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. In the morning we will volunteer as cooks for a charity serving holiday meals to residents of low-income housing. When we finish at noon we will come home, clean up, and go to our son Eric's house for Thanksgiving dinner with him, his wife and her large family and our two grandchildren that live here. It will be a full day, and we will be continually reminded of all we have to be thankful for.

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