Our Motorcycle group trickled out Sunday morning. It’s taken this long for me to get to a point where I want to talk about it so I’ve just stayed away from the blog for a few days.
We had well over 100 people in here from toddlers to grandpas. Friday night was non-stop noise until after Thom went out to try to quiet them down around 2:30 a.m. Then they were back at it around 7 a.m. Saturday morning. Bill, our supervisor and another ranger, Ray, were here all day Saturday. The booming of rap music and foul language flying around all day (from both the music and the campers) was hard to take. About 3:30 Sat. afternoon, Bill told Thom and I to lock up the house, hop in the car and get away from the nearly over-powering noise for an hour. It was heaven. We just went to check mail and took a drive through the refuge.
The campground did very well income wise, but it also took a bit of a beating. In spite of the fact that we handed out 1-1/2 cases of 55 gal. trash bags, Thom picked up 3-1/2 fifty-five gallon trash bags of trash, 3 broken camp chairs, an empty ice chest, cardboard boxes, etc. We found unused trash bags on the ground. We saw many trash bags filled with their belongings being packed into their cars. We’re still running into trash here and there. They also deliberately broke large branches off two trees along the river.
Bill talked to the officers of each of the 4 chapters (San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and Phoenix AZ) Saturday morning telling them that in the future they need to call him well in advance to make arrangements for coming here, always the weekend before Easter. He will set some ground rules and they are expected to see they are obeyed. Because it is usually only them in here at that time, we give them some leeway, such as quiet down a little at 10 p.m., more at midnight and no noise after 2 a.m.
Saturday when Bill left he told us to go into our house, shut the door and do not interact with the group at all. We were off duty unless there is an emergency. Our Law Enforcement Officer also stopped by and told us to lock ourselves in, there were some “thugs” out there and we were to stay away at night. Wow!
There were some really nice people in the group and they were fun to talk to and help out.
The water level of the river is still quite high, but they are slowing down the heavy release from Parker Dam. It will be interesting to see if we have sandbars when we have low water.
Our temps have gotten warmer than I expected for April but for the most part it’s still only in the 90’s and relatively comfortable. It could be a long, hot summer. We did pretty good at Senator’s Wash and should do just fine here. In the meantime, it’s spring and the mesquite trees are covered with blossoms and I even have a flower on one of the Desert Lilies in the campground.
I have a potato salad to throw together and a beaded Anna’s Hummingbird to finish. I better hop to it!
Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!