Sunday, February 12, 2017

Park Volunteers-The Kahls

Dennis and Nancy Kahl presented a program this afternoon at the Library on their experience as Volunteers at the Ridgway State Park in western Colorado. Dennis retired as Seward County Extension Educator (County Agent) about a year and a half ago. They have enjoyed taking their camping trailer to the mountains for summer vacations for several years. They told us of the extensive "on line" process of making plans for their 4-Month commitment of working 24 hrs/wk which would include the weekend. They were provided a campsite with hookups, a Golf Cart and tools for doing tasks on 40 camp sites. 
 While their commitment was for each of them to log 24 working hours per week, in reality, they put in much more time. They considered Wed. and Thursday as their "days off". Dennis' assigned task was "polishing up" the camp sites each morning as campers moved out. Nancy's job was cleaning the cooking area. It involved cleaning the ashes from the camp fire rings and putting the area in "ship shape". Just being there gives oversight to campers and if problems do arise, they were instructed to contact professional Camp personnel.  They had many great "social" stories and hope to volunteer to work in a California National Park next summer.

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