Entry for October 2006

Our Summer 2006 Challenges

Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, east of Salt Lake City, UT

It’s good to remember challenges – we learn from them!� As Area Managers we deal with challenges in several campgrounds, but as Campground Managers you only need to worry about your own campground. We met many, many wonderful campers and without the great Campground Managers we had, we would not have survived!

  • We had a Host quit before they got to the Host Site.
  • We had to use the Kubota to move snow in 3 campgrounds in order to get them opened by Memorial Day weekend.
  • We had to clean up damage, in 2 campgrounds, by a microburst storm the previous Fall (over 100 trees down); including picnic tables, tree debris, re-stringing 100’ of electrical wire from power pole to Host Site.
  • I don’t know how many toilet valves we had to replace due to winter freezing.
  • Power went out twice in one campground for a week, causing us to bring in a generator to run the water pump to ensure toilets work for opening weekend.
  • A rain storm caused a flash flood that removed the water source for the 4 lower Day Use areas. They were out of water for 2 weeks causing us to bring in porta-potties.
  • Vandals threw a porta-potty in the creek. (This is a protected watershed creek. People aren’t even allowed to wade in this creek.)
  • After the FS reworked the water source for the lower Day Use areas, everytime another storm caused the stream to rise the dirt/sand would clog one or more of the valves in the toilets. This would cause the toilets to free-flow all night and by morning the water tank would be empty.� This usually happened on or just prior to a weekend.
  • Vandals tagged 2 Days Use areas twice; painting wood and brick structures as well as rocks.
  • We had a helicopter come in to replace a power pole.
  • Life-Flight picked up a boy who had fallen backwards into a firepit.
  • One wedding party left several of their drunk guests to wreak havoc all night. The Hosts called the Sheriff when they couldn’t quiet them down.
  • 3 teenage hikers fell into the raging spring runoff river. One girl died.
  • A naked man was seen, by a group of ladies, bathing in the “watershed” creek. By the time they had reported him, he was dressed and gone.
  • A camper punctured a water line by driving a tent stake into the ground within the tent pad area. A geyser ensued.
  • The area manager went blind in one eye, due to a stroke, but was able to adjust and complete the season.
  • We had a fire in the back of a golf cart while parked at the Host Site. The FS representative just happened to be walking by and put it out.
  • A large church group reserved over 30 single sites by manipulating the reservation system. There was a FS investigation. The culprit was confronted, confessed and charges were brought.
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