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Antelope Island Sunset

We’ve had beautiful weather while in northern Utah.  Don called my attention to the sunset the first night, well actually, as we were landing.

Antelope Island Promontory Reflection
Promontory Reflection from Antelope Island

If we had driven across eastern Oregon and southern Idaho to get here it would have been snowing all the way.  We decided to head out to Antelope Island for the sunset.   There is not a whisp of wind tonight.

Antelope Island Chukar
Chukar at the Visitor Center

Our kids have us to thank for the great weather.

Antelope Island Bison
Antelope Island Bison

We barely got to the Visitor Center before the sun went down.  Chukars greeted us with their chuckaring sounds and we saw about a dozen buffalo from the hill.

Antelope Island Sunset Wasatch Reflection
Wasatch Reflection from Antelope Island

This photo is looking back across Davis County to the Weber Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains.  Like much of the west, this year, northern Utah has seen little rain or snow yet.  The mountains are bare of snow.  We heard the fall colors were beautiful and all that’s left is a few patches of yellow.

Antelope Island Sunset
Antelope Island Sunset

It’s been a while since I’ve seen mountains on the other side of a body of water.

Antelope Island Chukar UFO
Chukar Watching the UFO at Sunset

As I was photographing the chukar at sunset, I noticed a dark spot in the sky that wasn’t moving.

Antelope Island UFO Closeup
UFO Closeup

So I zoomed in and could see that it is a blimp!  I didn’t know they still used those?

Antelope Island Sunset Colors
Colors Get Brighter After Sunset

The sunset colors just kept getting more vibrant.  We saw cotton-tailed bunnies, a coyote walk in front of a bison and even a couple antelope after dark; the whole Antelope Island food chain!

Antelope Island Moon Sunset
Crescent Moon Over Antelope Island

That was a successful trip to Antelope Island!  We made the mistake  (ONCE) of camping here in the spring when the brine flies were thick.  BLECKkk!  But this time of year would be fun and there are quite a few RV’s out here for Fall Break (or UEA weekend as we used to call it).

I have a funny memory of driving across the Antelope Island Causeway from when our oldest son was learning to drive.  Don was out of town for a couple days and you know you can’t miss a day of practice at that age.  So I took him out to Antelope Island.  Not much traffic out there and I’d never been out with him before.  He did good but I wasn’t ready to take it to the next level yet.  When he asked to drive all the way home, I said “No, maybe the next time.”  Or maybe I just said “No”?   So, in order to lengthen his time behind the wheel, he slowed down to about 5 mph for the 4 mile trip across the causeway.  It was adorable!  You know, in the way that only a silent-stand of a teenager can be.  hahaha

Workamping for American Land & Leisure

I love it when I can get 15 seconds of fame!  So, when Kelly Fenley from the Eugene newspaper The Register-Guard called, I jumped on it!

Jo 'n Don
Jo 'n Don

Occasionally, a journalist wants to do a story on ‘what local retirees are doing’.  When Kelly called American Land and Leisure, Gary referred him to us.  Gary Huntington is the Hiring Manager in the Orem, Utah based company.  Don and I are Area Managers for AL&L in the Siuslaw National Forest, Central Coast Ranger District.

Here’s the article: Retirement on the launching pad

Since I’m already talking about myself, I’ll just extend this 15 seconds to 20.

Jo with Pole Saw
Jo with Pole Saw

I’m not above laughing at myself.  I think Don wanted to document the size of the tree that I actually cut down.  Don gets up-close-and-personal with a real chainsaw.  But I’ll only use this battery-operated pole saw.  I usually just trim off branches.  When he showed me the pix, I thought I looked a little nervous. hahaha  Like, “I wouldn’t touch that with a 6 foot pole!”

Jo doin' the Pole Saw Happy Dance
Jo doin' the Pole Saw Happy Dance

If you can’t make work fun, what’s the point in getting out of bed in the morning?  Mind you I was whining, the whole time, that the battery wouldn’t last.

You’ve got to love people to workamp in campgrounds.  If you are happy to greet people, between shoveling fire pits and cleaning toilets, they will feel welcome.

Greet customers with a smile
Greet customers with a smile

Another aspect of workamping for AL&L is fee collection.  Most people are good about paying their fees “within 30 minutes of arrival” as the rule goes.  But for those who don’t seem to think it is important, Don has a unique way of explaining what the campground and day use fees are used for…and timing can emphasize the point.

FeeCollectionTechnique-TP
Need TP? Pay Your Fee 🙂

What?  You say there’s a log in the tent area?

Moving a log
Let me get that for you! 🙂

We are ready to tackle anything for you!

AL&L-Man
An AL&L Man is ALL Man!

We appreciate all the customer feedback.

Customer Feedback
AL&L gives extensive training, including how to get Customer Feedback

If the customer gives any negative feedback, it is an opportunity to fix something that is broken.  If they give positive feedback, we have a better chance of repeating our good behavior!

Redman Campground was our first workamping “gig” for American Land & Leisure.  We have been with them ever since.  We have worked for them in Utah, Idaho, Oregon and No. California.  What a great company to work for!