My radio alarm turned on at 6 a.m. My sleepy body is saying, "On no, this is Sunday, should I really get up and drive 60 miles so I may transition into a gardener and painter or roll over and fall back to sleep?"
I staggered out of bed and found my way through the early morning autumn darkness into the kitchen to make a pot of coffee. I knew if I found some way to overcome this initial lazy thought – today would produce:
Adventure. Exercise. Learning. New friends. Fun.
|Park Champions - Gardeners - Working Together - by DW|
I have been reading newsletters from California State Parks Foundation for a long time about activities and things to do. I follow the list of state parks in need of Park Champions and signed up to help with San Juan Bautista State Historical Park – I knew this would be an unusual, fun way to give back to the community. I admit when the day arrived, it was very difficult to climb out of my warm blankets on my bed and get ready.
|We worked together painting this fence!|
|Park Champions at San Juan Bautista Historical Park - CA by DW|
I found my way into this small group of strangers of all ages coming together in the early morning with one common pledge – to help clean up this fabulous State Historical Park I have shared with you in other stories. Yes, we had our smart phones to post pictures and share – we escaped sitting behind the computer finding so many surprises during the day - which I will gradually share.
I don’t want to turn this into a political blog or debate today – I remembered two things as I worked. One is the the movie, Karate Kid, learning about building patience and strength through everyday work. And, as the history enthusiast, I remembered all of the different Work Progress Administration projects completed during President Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. Why not hire people to work on projects like these? True, the wages were low - this begins rebuilding our country's infrastructure while providing paid jobs to people - the same people who buy things. (Ideas flowing... )
|Working behind the scenes as State Park Champions - by DW|
I will share more pictures and stories of my day as a Park Champion ~ working at San Juan Bautista Historical Park. ~ The Fun Tour Guru
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