Monday, April 22, 2013

Getting an Education!

Princeton, Texas
Clear Lake Park
Weather Condition; High 79 Low 55, Sunny

Everyday it’s something new! Saturday morning bright and early at 6:30 we had a couple of fisherman pull up to the gate house. They were pumped up about getting out on the water early and catching a boat load of fish. They paid their fee and drove down to the boat ramp. The fishermen are all pretty friendly and don’t give us any problems.

We had a few walk up campers looking for camp sites. We got them all checked in and off they went. A short time later one of the campers returned to the gatehouse complaining about the tall grass at the camp sites. We apologized for the tall grass and explained we had no control over the situation.  He became more upset and demanded to talk to whoever was in charge. We gave him the number to headquarters and offered to give him another site.  He first called headquarters and chewed them out and then agreed to be moved to another site that appeared to have been mowed recently. We explained that some campers have brought a mower with them and mowed their sites and that’s why they were mowed. He said he didn’t believe he should have to mow his site. We agreed with him but it was out of our control. He thanked us for moving him to another site.

A short time later, a truck drove through the park entrance and stopped at the gate house. One of the fishermen that had come in earlier got out of the truck and walked up to the window. He told us that he and his buddy had driven the boat around to a cove and started fishing when the boat started filling up with water. He said he was able to get it close to shore before it was completely full of water.

He said he was able to get a ride from a guy fishing from the bank. He was still drenched! Dawn drove him to the boat ramp so he could get his truck and trailer.

We had more campers come in and more fishermen as the day went by.

We are required to drive through the park several times a day to check on things. The complete drive is a little of three miles.  It only takes a few minutes.

I did my second drive through of the day and found a couple had put up a tent beside the boat ramp. As I drove near the tent, a man rose up at the tent window; it only took me a second to realize what this guy and the woman with him were doing in this tent! Its daylight outside! OMG!?! 

I drove on and called Dawn at the gate house to tell her what I just witnessed. She laughed and told me not to approach them.

I decided to talk to our partner gate attendants and ask them if they have had this problem before. They do have 14 years’ experience!

Teddy laughed and said he has seen it all. He got in the truck with me and told me he wanted to see where the tent was located. I drove us to the boat ramp and as I slowed down, Teddy opened his door and proceeded to get out of the truck. Teddy is 82 and there is nothing slow about him! I put the truck in park and rounded the front of the truck and started yelling HELLO, HELLO. Suddenly the man popped his head up in the tent window. When he realized Teddy and I were approaching he started getting dressed and the woman with him was doing the same. Teddy told the man that he needed to take down the tent and leave the area. The man yelled out that he would. Teddy and I got back in the truck and went back to the gate house.
What a day and it was only 2 PM!

Later in the day I made rounds again and found a truck with a boat trailer backed down the ramp and parked. The boat trailer was total submerged. There was no one around.

I left a note on the truck window stating there was NO parking on the boat ramp.

The parks on this lake have a rule that all day use passes must leave the park at sunset. They don’t want people fishing off the bank or staying in the day use areas after dark.

Dawn and I closed the office at 10 PM and drove down to the boat ramp to check things out before going home. Low and behold, there are people bank fishing a distance from the boat ramp. I shined my headlights in the area and the people ignored us.

We just left them and went home.  I don’t understand why people just can’t follow the rules.

Teddy warned us that we would be very educated by the end of this summer.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Fun Never Ends!!!!!

Princeton, Texas
Clear Lake Park
Weather Condition; High 82 Low 63, Overcast

We’ve finally settled into our new positions as gate attendants. We’re still learning as we go. The training that was given at the pre-work meeting was very little. Fortunately, we have our fellow gate attendants that are happy to assist us whenever we need it. 

We’ve now finished working our second week and are feeling much more confident.

I don’t know if we’ll ever get use to waking up at 5 A.M on the days we work. Luckily it’s only four days. 

We’re also trying to get into a routine for our days off. We’ve got a few things that have to be done on our days off such as laundry, grocery shopping, medical appointments and visiting friends and family.

Monday we meet friends for lunch and did some grocery shopping. We also had to run by headquarters and drop off our weekly reports.

We didn’t get home until late afternoon and we were tired!

After dinner we settled into our recliners for a nice relaxing evening.

A little after ten I decided to go to bed. I looked out the window as I walked by and noticed a car parked in a dark area just outside the fence not far from our fiver.

I called our partner gate attendants and asked if they had noticed the car parked out there when they closed the gate house. They did not see the car.

I decided about 10:30 to call the sheriff’s department. I explained to the dispatcher that there was a car parked at the entrance of the park in a dark area and asked to have a deputy cruse out and check it out. The dispatcher asked if someone was in the car. I explained to him that it was very dark out and couldn’t see into the car.

Dawn and I turned off all the lights in the house and opened the window shade partially so we could keep an eye on the car.

An hour went by before the deputy showed up. He drove up to the park entrance with his spot light on.  Boy, was I shocked when the spotlight landed on the car and two heads popped up on the ground beside the car.  The deputy got out of the car and walked over to the people lying on the ground. He shined his flashlight on them and it appeared as they sat up that they were buck naked!  That’s right, Naked!

The deputy had the people get into the car.

A minute later, a second deputy pulled up. The deputies talked with each other for a few minutes and then talked to the two people in the car.  A few minutes later both the deputies and the car drove off.

Tuesday morning Dawn and I loaded up our laundry and went to the Laundromat. Afterwards we stopped by Home Depot. We stopped at Home Depot to buy spotlights to put up outside. We bought 2 Dust to Dawn outdoor spotlights. I zip tied one to the top of awning arm shining out towards the driveway. The second one I hung zip tied to a tree branch behind fiver. It’s not as dark out there at night now!

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Morning Drunks

Princeton, Texas
Clear Lake Park
Weather Condition; High 51 Low 46, Cloudy and Rain

I’m not naive and thought I knew the ways of the world. I’m beginning to believe I could be very wrong.

Easter morning around 10 AM I had been next door at our partner gate attendant’s fiver talking with them and walked back to our fiver when a man approached me. I don’t know where he came from, he just appeared. Anyway, in a loud voice he said he needed to talk to my Old Man. I could smell the booze on his breath even though I was standing 10 feet or so away. He also acted has if was high on something else because he was jerking around like he had ants biting him.

I told him I didn’t have an old man. He mumbled sorry to hear that. He said he needed someone to pull his truck out of the mud down near the boat ramp. I told him I was sorry but I couldn’t help him. He walked over and slapped the rear fender of my truck and said it would sure pull him out. I shook my head no. He then walked over to the other gate attendant and told him the situation and asked if he would pull him out. They told him no too.

The man mumbled thanks and walked out the entrance of the park.

It was 10 AM and this guy was rip roaring drunk!

On Wednesday morning we opened the gate house at 6 AM and within a couple of hours we had a couple of guys pull up to the gate house drinking beer asking if they could enter the park. We told them it would be $4 and they decided they didn’t want to pay the fee. They turned their car around and left.

It was around 8 AM and these guys were already drinking!

I don’t think I’ve ever know people that are drinking or drunk that early in the morning!!!

Yesterday we had no one come through the park except employees and volunteers. It would make for a lng day if we didn’t stay busy. We clean, surf the internet and take turns driving through the park to check on things.

Every day here has been adventure to date.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Our First Day as Gate Attendants

Princeton, Texas
Clear Lake Park
Weather Condition; High 79 Low 60, Sunny

WOW! What a day. Today was our first day as gate attendants. We opened the office at 6:00 AM and had people at our window by 6:30 AM!

The early birds are fishermen! Anyway, we had a busy morning before our gate attendant coordinator showed up to get us logged into the computer.

Our gate attendant coordinator is also a park ranger and is a very busy guy. Thank goodness he is also a patient guy too!

He got us all setup on the computer and gave us a crash course on the park reservation software and off he went.

Before 10:00 AM this morning we had several RV’s with reservations pull in. Luckily for us, our partner gate attendants (Ted and Barbara) came over to lend a helping hand if needed. They are wonderful people and have been doing this for 14 years. They are also very patient people!

Dawn has taken over FULL control of the gate opening button! She has turned into a control freak over this button.

 This little button opens and closes the entrance gate. 

For the most part the day has been on and off busy. This is a GOOD thing since we're learning.

At this time we're dealing mostly with Day Use for fishermen. They pay $4.00 and use the boat ramps.

We've many end-of-day reports to do at closing at 10:00 PM. A very nice fellow gate attendant has called to say he would help us out if we needed his assistance with the reports. These people are so helpful. We're told that all the gate attendants are like family and help each other out. Now we have a new summer family!

We made it through our first day without getting yelled at or fired! We look forward to many more to come.

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