Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Park Closed for Winter

Lavon, Texas
Weather Conditions; Sunny, 87 degrees

We closed the park a week ago Tuesday and have been running non-stop since.



Since then Dawn smoked 2 large briskets for the Appreciation Picnic. The Gate Attendants, Volunteers, Wounded Warriors, Park Rangers and COE office staff have a get-together for a picnic.


We had a great time and there was a lot of great food too.

We have been running crazy every day. We bought a generator in case we need it this winter. Last winter we lost electricity for a couple of days when it iced over and had to barrow a generator.

We bought a Cabela's Outdoorsman Generator 4,000-Watt, with remote start and back-up recoil starter. Runs 12 hours at 50% load on a 4-gallon fuel tank. Four 120-volt receptacles include an L-5 30-amp twist-lock, 30-amp RV and 20-amp duplex. Push-to-reset circuit breakers. It also came with 8" wheel kit and 12-volt starter and battery. We got it at a good price.


We moved across the street to the other gate attendant’s site. We moved to the other site because we have a better view of the gate house and because this site has a wind block of trees and wooden fence behind it.


We will now have our back to the north this winter.


Odis has been scratching his eye and acts like he doesn’t feel well.

Dawn called our vet and we were able to get him in right away. Seems he has an ulcer on his eye. The vet gave us antibiotic eye drops. We have to drop the meds in his eyes 4 times a day. He does NOT like the drops. We have to put a cone on him. He’s NOT happy!


Today Dawn got a message and I got a perm.


Tonight we are relaxing at home.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Gate Arm Gone!

Lavon, Texas
Weather Conditions; Sunny, 86 degrees

We’re back at work.

We made it back to our park on Tuesday afternoon and back to work as gate attendants on Wednesday morning.

The park closes on October 1st for road repairs and Dawn and I will become park volunteers until April 1st.

It will be nice to sleep in for 6 months!

The park is almost totally booked for the weekend. The cool weather is bringing out the campers.

Today the contract mowing crew came in to mow. So glad they arrived. People don’t want to camp in knee deep weeds. I know I don’t.

When the grass is tall, people complain to us and we have absolutely no control over the mowing schedule. If we did, it would be mowed at least every 2 weeks instead of every 6 weeks!

Our excitement over the arrival of the mowing contractor quickly faded when one of the mowers roll-bar knocked our gate arm down! Ugh!


Now we have to depend on people entering the park to obey the stop sign mounted on the front of our building.

Thank goodness it’s our last weekend for 6 months!!!!!!! 

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fun with Friends at Dangerfield State Park

Dangerfield, Texas
Weather Conditions; Sunny, 92 degrees

We’re in Dangerfield having a great visit with friends from Dallas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma.


This has become an annual trip and we take over the park when we get-together!


We take turns cooking dinner each night.



Dawn and I don’t kayak but everyone else goes kayaking either here at the park and Lower Fork River in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.


Yesterday one of the girls (Donna) had to be taken to the emergency room after getting a fishing lure in the knee while kayak fishing.


Today I’m happy to report that Donna is suffering from a sore knee but otherwise doing fine.


Tonight was steak night.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Friends Visit and Emergency on the Lake

Lavon, Texas
Weather Conditions; Overcast, 81 degrees

We had a very BUSY day here yesterday.

First thing yesterday morning we had a Search & Rescue K-9 group of about a dozen show up to preform drills with their dogs.

This cool weather has brought many people out for tent camping. The park was more than half full this weekend.

We had friends stop by for a visit. It’s always great to have friends visit! Betty and Sue have just recently become full-timers and they seem to really be enjoying it.

In the late evening Dawn was making her rounds through the park when she noticed one of the RVers was having a cookout. She noticed that many cars were parked along the narrow road making it almost impossible for her to drive a dually truck down the road.

She stopped by and asked that the cars be moved off the road. She explained that parking was available at the restrooms. She explained that emergency vehicles could not get through the area if needed.

His guest started the car shuffle before Dawn left.

Before Dawn returned to the gatehouse, I saw emergency lights approaching the park. I opened the gate and let the truck enter. The truck was pulling a doubledecker boat trailer carrying a hovercraft and a regular boat.


The timing couldn’t been any better. They drove through the area that Dawn had just cleared.

A few moments later a large fire truck showed up.

A second emergency truck (Incident Commander) arrived from across the damn and was at the gate trying to get it unlocked. Dawn ran over with our keys and unlocked the gate for him.


He thanked Dawn for unlocking the gate and told her that the call was for stranded boat on the lake.

All the emergency vehicles drove to the closed boat ramp. A few moments later we heard the boat taking off across the water. The sun was starting to sit.

About an hour later, the Incident Commander stopped by the gatehouse to inform us that they had rescued the boater and pulled his boat to the shore near the boat ramp. He was driving the boat owner to his truck and let us know he would be returning to collect his boat.

Twenty minutes later a truck pulled up to the gatehouse, the driver announced they were the people that had been rescued and that he was there to collect his boat. As I opened the gate to let him in, I noticed he had a couple of children with him.


WOW! So glad they were able to rescue them before it got too dark out. Thanks Wylie Fire Department.

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