Sunday, November 10, 2013

Updates, etc.

Pittman Visitors Center
Altoona, FL

We haven't posted in awhile, but we've been busy!

I wanted to give an update on my Dad as well.
As most of you know, he was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic cancer in July.
He has been undergoing chemo since August.
Since then, he is pain free!
He has had CT, and PET scans,
and the results have been favorable..
the tumors have not grown!
God answers prayers :-)


George and I have been making our site here at the VC our own.
We rearranged some things outside to make it more comfortable..

We've gotten to know our neighbors, Jim & Carol..
I'll have to get some pictures of them!

Yesterday, Ellis came by to show us our job for the next 6 months.

We will be driving a government pickup truck,
and collecting trash at 6 different locations.
They include a campground, trailheads,
and primitive campgrounds.
Some of them are down 10 miles of dirt roads!

When needed, we'll be pressure washing the bathrooms.

Some of the campgrounds are very nice..
if you like tenting :-)

We got volunteer tee shirts, hats & hoodies,
and a box of supplies..

We both had to have not only an online driving test, 
but Ellis had to observe our driving skills as well.
George & I followed Ellis back to his site to pick up our supplies.

There was a little excitement on our route yesterday.
A woman in a brand new car tangled up with a bear.
It happened right behind us, but we didn't see it.
She followed us all the way down the dirt road,
as she saw that we were in a gov't vehicle.
She wasn't sure what to do!
We went back out onto the main road,
 George and Ellis looked for the bear,
but the bear was already gone.

The sheriff came and said that the bear was probably just stunned, and ran off.
It didn't do a lot of damage to the car, so she went on her way too.

We're also seeing some of the Florida beauty..

Today we're going to wash the gov't truck inside and out..
Tomorrow we start making our rounds!


  1. I'm glad there is some good news on your dad.

    The job doesn't look too hard. I hope the bear is okay.

  2. Looks like you are getting settled in to you new assignment. Will be looking forward to hearing how you like this one.

  3. Looks like you're getting all settled in. The job duties seem to be pretty easy and you know what you're having to do each day. Hope the bear is okay!

    Great news about your Dad! We'll continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

    Beautiful photo of the butterfly too.

  4. Great news about your Dad, he will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers!

  5. Wonderful news about your dad, but it doesn't mean we'll stop the prayers! Bears? Hope there are no lions and tigers to go with them... ;c)

  6. Good that they provide the truck to pick up the trash. Would not want to tangle with a bear with my own truck.

  7. Really wonderful news about your dad. I've been wondering about him but didn't want to ask. Hope the bear is in as good shape as he is. Sounds like a great gig for the winter.

  8. Great news about your dad. You know what they say, Lions and Tigers and BEARS Oh MY!! Hope the excitement doesn't become TOO exciting.

  9. So happy to hear your good news about Dad!! We'll keep him in our thoughts and prayers. Enjoy your time in one of our favorite spots in Florida!!

  10. Happy to hear of the news with your dad. Sounds like your getting settled in nicely.

  11. So good to hear the great news about your dad! Bears can get pretty big down here in Florida. Be careful.

  12. Great news about your dad!
    Scary bear story too. I think I would have followed you too :)
    Imagine George wanting to clean the truck, inside and out...LOL!

  13. Glad that your dad is doing well. Enjoy your new position!

  14. That's wonderful about your dad! Now you can relax a bit and enjoy the Florida sunshine.