Today was our first day to work for the forest service.
We are assigned 6 different areas of the southern Ocala forest.
Some of the areas only need to be checked once a month,
such as Grasshopper Lake..
..where we pick up trash on the dirt road that leads to the lake.
We also drive down a 10 mile dirt road (National Forest Service roads)
to pick up trash left by hunters and other idiots :-)
This road leads to the Spring Creek (part of Alexander spring).
Our trash duties also include emptying the bear-proof 'cans'
at the OHV trail at Wiregrass trailhead..
and cleaning the compostable 'pit toilets'
and refilling TP as well.
There is a camping area that we clean as well.
Buck Lake and Farles Prairie.
Buck Lake Recreation Area is a tent-only camping area.
A group of 20 men just vacated the area,
so we had trash bins to empty and pressure wash,
and bathrooms to restock and clean.
They were very tidy guys :-)
We are seeing a lot of birds in the forest.
There is always a lot of Turkey Vultures..
they have such beautiful wingspans for such an ugly bird :-)
But today as we got back out onto the highway,
we were pleasantly surprised to see this!
For us, that was the thrill of a lifetime!
Tomorrow we will attend the monthly safety meeting,
and since our hours are in for the week,
we will be exploring!