Mom is locked in at Carolina Meadows; Robin is home on Long Island; Kerry, Buzz and Connor are social distancing in Anchorage; and Becky and Chuck are allowing me to visit on my days off from campground hosting. I am happy to report my family is all healthy.
Niece Rachel and husband Adam are excited to be moving into their new home in Madison, WI. Nephew David and Camilla stationed in Italy are awaiting the arrival of baby #2. Our family Zoom calls cross time zones from Italy to Alaska.
I have been extraordinarily lucky after canceling my summer road trip to Maine to get plum campground hosting assignments on short notice. Free campsite with full hook-ups for a month, a savings of over $900+. Maggie is camp host extraordinaire; she must say hello to every camper wagging her tail and getting lots of belly rubs.
A few dead catfish left on the bank by inconsiderate fishermen, a few toilet malfunctions, and loss of power at some campsites on super hot days, because of airconditioning and other electrical surges, so far have been my emergencies. Campers will knock on my door, and all I do is call the on-call ranger. I have had two wonderful campsites at Westmoreland and Occoneeche, but Henderson Point on the North Carolina side of Kerr Reservoir wasn’t a good site and I had to cancel my hosting for August.
No worries, as soon as I left Henderson Point there was a call for a hosting slot at Virginia Beach First Landing State Park, the scheduled host had a family emergency so I will fill in. How lucky am I? Then on to James River VA State Park, in September and Kiptopeke VA State Park, for October.
I am making a quick trip to Ashville, NC this weekend to visit Carole Travis friend and former SEIU colleague, from six feet away! Hope a few of the micro-breweries Ashville is famous for are open with outdoor seating? It might be a bit cooler in the mountains, as well with less humidity. It will take me two days to drive from Ashville to Virginia Beach. Will be wonderful to be on the beach again!
The really great news is I am confirmed at Myrtle Beach State Park for November and December. This is a huge park and there are 3 other hosts for over 300 campsites, and it is expensive to boot. So free camping is totally amazing and will help with paying my green fees!
My motto: Gas, Groceries, and Green Fees!
I am happy to report that no cleaning of bathrooms is involved in any of my assignments. I guess that would be the only silver lining of the COVID-19, state parks are being especially careful and have hired additional cleaning staff. At both Westmoreland and Occoneeche State Parks, my duties were simple cleaning fire pits after campers left and twice a day making the rounds to see campers were in the correct sites. Hosts are provided with utility golf carts.
Many of these parks have cabins to rent, so if east coast friends are looking for outdoor opportunities for social distancing check out the VA park website.
With the election fast approaching, I won’t be knocking on any doors. I have worked door-to-door campaigns in Alaska, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. I hate phone banks, so glad activists are using handwritten postcards to reach out to voters. The NAACP provides everything you need, stamps colored pens, a script (which you know I don’t follow), and 20 names and addresses. Easy to do from any campsite!
In closing, I hope everyone is watching Mary Chapin Carpenter’s YouTube videos Songs from Home. Singing from her kitchen with her dog and cat as the audience, she closes each episode with, “Stay safe, stay healthy, stay mighty”. I have adopted her closing, it seems very fitting in these challenging days. So, you know what to do, “Stay safe, stay healthy, stay mighty”.
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