Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Why Volunteer?

1.  We really feel that we are providing a valuable service for the various parks and refuges.
(We want to work and we want to be useful)

2.  We like to stay busy.
(Even when we both worked full time we were able to do a lot of volunteering)

3.  It’s a great way to meet people.
(We have made many good friends, some of which we run into all over the country)

4.  It’s a good way to see the U.S.A.
(We have traveled to several foreign countries and I have always come home thinking the US is the best country in the world. There’s no place like home)

After almost two weeks, we have finally been assigned enough jobs to keep us busy.  It has taken a lot of effort on our part!  Even so, on Monday morning we received our latest job and were told to just start it the next Sunday!  They seem to be really worried they might “overwork” the volunteers.  We went ahead and worked a full day on Monday.  We didn’t see any reason to put it off for another week.

So, as of now we have three specific tasks assigned to us. 

We will be checking the honor system firewood caches every day. We have heard that on busy weekends we might have to replenish them morning and evening. Every Monday we will be getting all the loaner fishing tackle and making sure every rod and reel is in working order and has hook, sinker, and bobber.  Our third and newest task will be to clean cabins Sunday and Monday mornings. The other volunteer couple that cleans the cabins are very nice and were helpful in getting us assigned to this coveted job.

We finally feel like we are settled in.

There are a lot of fun things to do in this park.  Inks Lake is on the Colorado River.  It’s a manmade lake created during the great depression of the 1930’s. The Lower Colorado River Authority built Inks Lake with the creation of Buchanan Dam and Inks Dam. It is the second lake in the chain of six lakes called the Highland Lakes.

There are kayaks, canoes and paddleboats. Fishing inside the park doesn’t require a Texas fishing license.  Longhorn Caverns is part of the park and just down the road a little ways. There are also lots of hiking trails. 
This isn’t the most glamorous volunteer position that we have had.  But, the park is beautiful and the volunteers are a lot of fun!

Mark is in disc golf heaven with 5 courses within an hour from here.  We hope to get out and take advantage of all the park has to offer - stay tuned!


  1. I bet you're relieved to finally have something specific to do. You can only 'pick trash' for so long. :)

  2. As you already know, we love volunteering... but truth is... we have to take a few months off to keep things in the right perspective..... I really believe that a lot of volunteers have it more "on the ball" than their bosses. Glad it finally came together for you two at this place....

  3. Glad to hear you are finally busy. Sometimes think they are afraid they are going to "over load" us when the truth is we all like to be kept busy! Enjoy yoursselves, sounds like a neat place.