Settling In and Paddling at Hamburg

I’ve been here at Hamburg State Park for a little over two weeks now and starting to settle into the routine. I’ve been working with the maintenance guy doing some yard work and more important to them a bunch of electrical projects. They like the fact that I’m capable of doing electrical work for them. Because neither the maintenance guy for the park manager feels very confident about doing electrical work. And there’s always little things that need to be addressed. So far I replaced an outlet in one of the panels at a campsite. Put in a couple sets of lights to illuminate the park sign better. And put up some temporary lighting for the Halloween festival we had last week. And also replace some fluorescent light fixtures in one of the shelter buildings. There’s all kinds of little projects that they hope to get done this winter when things are slower. During the summer they mostly are busy just taking care of the lawns, routine cleaning and clean up after storms. Maxine and I are getting to know the other host Stan and Tammy very well. They are nice couple around my age from Pennsylvania, this is their second year at the park for them. So they are quite familiar with the routines around here. We’ve shared several meals together, both them preparing them and myself preparing some. Also on Friday the 27th they help me celebrate my birthday by preparing dinner for me and I made a pecan pie for dessert. Stan and Tammy mostly take care of the campground but I fill in as needed. They clean the bathrooms and showers and have done mowing as needed. Also they help out campers and sell firewood. They do a wonderful job of keeping the park very well-kept up. The weather’s been nice with just one rainy day last week and it’s also raining a little as I’m typing all this post. It’s been warm and sunny most days in the mid-70s, with cool mornings in the 40s or 50s. On Friday the 27th as kind of a birthday present to myself, I got four new tires put on my car. This is something that needed attention, and I was planning on getting it done for a while. Last week Sunday I took the afternoon off and took one of the canoes that the park has for rent out for a paddle around the lake. They have several paddleboats, kayaks, canoes and small fishing boats for rent at the park. And we as hosts can use them when they’re not being used by the guests. At this time of the year they are available most of the time. The lake itself is 225 acres, it’s fairly shallow in most places with lots of stumps in trees on the bottom. Which makes for good habitat for fish, I plan on getting a nonresident license and doing some fishing this winter. Here’s a couple views of the lake as I as head out from the dock. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is just thinking of fall color and some of the trees. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs with many of these small mill ponds, when they first fill them, they don’t even cut all the trees down. And being as shallow as it is the stumps will remain for many many years. And the trees left behind will stay standing for a long time also. As you can see in these photos. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s some shots of the campground from out on the lake, you can see how nice it is with the sites right down by the water. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI work my way along the shore of the whole Lake. When you head up on the far end where the creek comes in, it gets very shallow with lots of lily pads. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a perfect habitat for the alligators which I was hoping to see some but no such luck, maybe another day. At one point I did stir up a large swirl in the water, which could’ve been an alligator swimming away.

  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut I was lucky enough to see several different Blue Herring Cranes. And even got a couple okay photos of them. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere were also lots of turtles and ducks that I saw along the way. One other thing that frequents the park quite a bit are vultures. They hang out at some of the campsites looking for scraps during the week. And quite often you’ll see them soaring above the lake like these. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe only alligator I’ve seen so far, that kind of startled me the first day I got here. It sits outside the men’s bathroom. He is quite harmless. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat’s just a quick update of what’s been going on. I’m sure I will have other adventures this winter. Till next time, safe travels and best wishes to all, Rick



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