Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Spring is here!

February is gone, one month more to go here. The birds are starting to leave, but we still have guests coming looking for them. There’s a lot of fishermen since it’s been warm. I think crappies are the fish most caught. Crabbing will be starting shortly. The weather has been great, up to 80 degrees one day. The rest of the month it sounds like it should be in the 50s and 60s.

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We worked on two windows on our coach. They were starting to get hazy inside, so we took them apart and cleaned them and put them back together. Hopefully it works.

Curt helped clean out some duck houses, there were some owls inside of one.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Tsunami Warning??

Curt received a weather alert warning on his cell phone this morning – a tsunami threat. We looked at each other; like, what in the world? Where would we go if there’s a tsunami?  A couple of minutes later we both got alerts that there is no tsunami threat.

According to The Post and Courier, “ AccuWeather sent the tsunami push notification about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, indicating there was a warning in effect for the next hour. Shortly after that, the Weather Service clarified that there was no threat and that the routine monthly test message had been misinterpreted by "at least one private-sector weather company as an official tsunami warning." This particular false alarm came on the heels of several high-profile notification snafus warning of imminent threats. A Hawaii state employee mistakenly sent an alert about a ballistic missile attack on Jan. 13. Almost a week later, a malfunction triggered sirens Jan. 19 at a North Carolina nuclear power plant.”

This is quite the winter!

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We had a chili feed at work last week

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Back to Work

We went to Walmart at Kill Devil Hills Monday and stopped at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge visitor center in Manteo on the way there. We can move to their refuge for February if we want, and decided to drive to the area where they’ve got the RV volunteers parked. It’s an area surrounded by an electric fence (to keep the bears out), along with a small building with showers, kitchen and laundry room. One thing we didn’t like about it is their water is not potable. You have to go to their maintenance area five miles away to get 5 gallon water jugs. On the days you work, you drive to the maintenance area with your personal vehicle, pick up one of their Federal pickups and drive another 10 miles to the visitor center. When we got back to Mattamuskeet we stopped in and talked to Debbie and told her where we had been, and she told us she had someone cancel for February through August, so we could stay here until September if we wanted!  I laughed and told her we want to go north for the summer. Funny how things work.

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The government shutdown only lasted three days. We worked some extra hours this week as Leslie was gone two days, and we’re working our weekend as usual. Mary, from Visitor Services, came one of the mornings so I went in to go over the gift shop inventory with her. She is in charge of the gift shops for Alligator River, Pea Island, Pocosin and Mattamuskeet. Curt cleaned out the rain gutters and fixed some leaks. It’s suppose to rain Sunday, we’ll see if it worked.