I have done it yet again..more than a whole month has gone by since my last post?..I honestly don’t know where the time goes?..
If you want a true recap of what we have been up to on a daily basis just read Steve and Dianne’s blog…she puts me to shame being so diligent about posting weekly.. Since my last post, Doug and Toni had some time away from the park for a family celebration trip to Vancouver..
So that left the five of us holding down the fort so to speak.
We managed to keep everything under control with little or no catastrophes…one dead battery?
Not bad for two second year employees and the two Newbies and Gord..the maintenance man!
The park is up and running..fully operational now and the gatehouse is open seven days a week so we have been busy registering campers and selling firewood and ice and the incidentals that a little corner store would stock..business is brisk?
The weekends are fairly busy with the weekend campers and then there were the seniors who had been occupying most of the sites..getting the last few days of the senior half price deal…which ended on June 15th.
As the frontline greeters at the park..our smiling faces are the first ones the campers see when they arrive..
I am a firm believer in that greeting everyone with a cheerful smile will do wonders most of the time..but sometimes the reality is that it does not always work..
Working with the public day in and day out for the the past 38 years I have learned that ‘everyone has a story’..
and sometimes their mood will reflect that..be it
- money woes
- relationship troubles
- job worries
- money trouble
- health issues
- or even substance abuse issues
..we honestly have no idea what will trigger an outburst or a confrontation..sure it is only our second year working as Park Operators but already we are now ‘learning to pick you battles’ with the campers can go a long way..
We enforce the ‘gentle reminders’..but sometimes it is how you go about it to get the end result you really want…
Meet Mr. 43
I was not on duty when he came into to the park but he was not what we ‘deem to be a happy camper’ when he arrived..
By the next morning he had calmed down and came into the gatehouse to apologize for his behaviour the previous evening..
He had a story just like everyone we meet..he had a reason for his outburst..all was well once he had his coffee..
The same weekend we had two young men in a site..and thought..oh dear..they could be trouble..but they wound up being the most polite and well behaved campers we have met in a while!..
so lesson learned for us would be .. we won’t be too quick to judge someone because of how they look or what they drive..everyone has a story and taking time to listen to someone can sometimes put things in perspective!
We have had some wild and wacky weather this past month too..
from scorching heat to
To our ‘last campfire of the season’..yes, the fire ban took effect on July 3rd..
..and since we do get days off each week..We try and leave the confines of the park at least once or twice? ..some weeks it’s only to get our shopping done..
or it is just to take the ‘golden boy’ for a swim on the other side of the lake?
..or to visit the Quilchena General Store?
or there was the day we drove to Kentucky/Alleyne Provincial Park..
Lunch dates are always a fun thing to do to..even if it is all the way to Kelowna?
..and then there was this past week..what a whirlwind it was..
First off we went to Logan Lake to ‘go to school?’..yes, Steve, Doug and I went and got our Level 1 First Aid Certificate..and we all passed with flying colours..
My parents came by to visit the park…
..speaking of visiting we do have some wild animals here..and this week there was a black bear that swam across the lake and headed into the campground..
Doug was on shift..and had the daunting task of trying to get the bear out of the park?..
yes, he chased it..first with the golf cart and then on foot..
It seems that the bear was on a mission to get out of the park and away from the ‘crazy’ park operator..talk about going ‘above and beyond’..there may have to be a new procedure written in the ‘park manual’ with regards to removing bears from the park?
..and then we had an impromptu ‘safety meeting?’
I keep saying I will do better but here we are mid-July….I can only hope my next post won’t be in mid August..