Last day on the job

The last campers pulled out (supposedly) by noon today and then it was time to do closing procedures.  The part Mark and I played in it was to bring all the soap and shampoo dispensers and cleaners up to the main building to empty them into bottles so they won’t freeze this winter.  Then we washed the dispensers out and put all the used rags through the washer and drier.  We emptied the garbages, turned off the heat and locked the doors.  What a joy to be done for this season!

Mark took a final ride on his Harley and then loaded it into the back of the truck for our trip.  I did some clean up inside.  We still have things to get ready in the morning before we go, but we’re getting there.

This evening Tim and Kathy had a staff appreciation dinner for all of us in the adult lounge.  Kathy’s mother had come for a visit and got put to work cleaning the carpets today, so she came to the dinner too.  It was nice getting to know her.   At first everyone was sitting and visiting in small groups, but Kathy mixed drinks for those who drink and things began to loosen up.  Turns out, Kathy worked her way through college as a bar tender.

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Everyone begins to gather in the adult lounge.

 

Susan and Katherine in front of the fire.

Susan and Katherine in front of the fire.

A corner table discussion

A corner table discussion with Tim, Bob, Mark and Cherie.

Rosanne and Susan have a heartfelt chat.

Rosanne and Susan have a heartfelt chat.

Kathy mixes drinks while Judy tries to ward off my camera.  (Nice try, Judy!)

Kathy mixes drinks while Judy tries to ward off my camera. (Nice try, Judy!)

Dinner was catered by Mink River Basin.  There was roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetables and biscuits.  The roast beef was huge and Tim carved large pieces.

Then the Grinch, the Grinch himself, carved the roast beast!

Then the Grinch, the Grinch himself, carved the roast beast!

Let the stories begin!

Let the stories begin!

Selfie with Susan

Selfie with Susan

David arrives...Let the party begin!

David arrives…Let the party begin!

Arnold finally makes it and sits down to visit with Bob.

Arnold finally makes it and sits down to visit with Bob.

Kathy reads her journal entries from this summer with all the funny things that happened to the staff.

Kathy reads her journal entries from this summer with all the funny things that happened to the staff.

Tim was a bit of a curmudgeon, but he played along.

Tim was a bit of a curmudgeon, but he played along.

Kathy had games planned, like throwing sticky marshmallows into coffee cans.

Kathy had games planned, like trying to throw sticky marshmallows into coffee cans.

A good time was had by all.  I am so glad this is only “so long” and not “goodbye”.  I really like these people and look forward to coming back next year!

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