Saturday, May 04, 2013

Mueller State Park

Beautiful views, friendly staff and wildlife. What more could we ask for? We are very impressed with the staff and our summer volunteer position here at Mueller State Park in Colorado. This is the 5th state park we have volunteered in and it is certainly the most friendly and best run one we have experienced. As we have walked around the campground, staff members we hadn't met have stopped to introduce themselves. The people in the maintenance department that we work with are friendly and helpful. We think we will enjoy our summer here.

Most of the snow has melted. We did see a few snowflakes coming out of the sky today and probably will again. At this elevation, a weather system that produces rain in Denver or Colorado is very apt to produce snow here. But we can also expect that the sun, which shines 360 days a year in Colorado (a fact I learned in grade school), will provide warmer days.

Today, we cleaned a cabin for the first time. The park has three really nice cabins. Our primary responsibility is to see they are clean and ready to occupy. The procedures are very thorough. I wish I could count on the motels we have stayed in being as clean as we are to keep these. We have also been cleaning the comfort station and vault toilets. That isn't always a great job. But we learned on our first volunteer assignment that people really appreciate the fruits of that work. And we know that the cleanliness of the restrooms is a rating we look for when choosing a campground.

In addition to friendly people, we have encountered wildlife. So far we have seen deer every day and one day we saw a small herd of elk. As we see other wildlife, I will post about it.

It is so good to be in the Colorado mountains. Before retirement, we camped in this and other Colorado mountains state parks often. We are looking forward to our time here.

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