I clocked in by 8:30 am in order to give Miguel, our head Ranger, a 'ride along' as I went through my site check rounds. He wanted to know exactly what I do as my routine has apparently become the standard the corporate owners are trying to simulate at all their parks. He came prepared with a pen and notepad and took copious notes. As I said, Miguel is the perfect head Ranger.....he is retired Army where he worked as an MP, as well as a bodyguard the entire time. Just as we learned last year when Merlin (retired Stockton, CA PD) was head Ranger, it pays to have someone on staff if, or when things 'go south' with a customer, or intruder. We prefer to call the local Sheriff as a last resort.....in prior years we had no Ranger program, and called the Sheriff way too often, however, last year we only had to call them once.
Once I finished my rounds I dropped Miguel off at his golf cart and then.....at least it was my intent....went to finish cleaning Section F, however, my bucket and 'picker' were both missing from my cart. I spent the next 45 minutes chasing down leads given to me by others, and finally recovered both items, both of which have my name written on them.
I finally got around to cleaning sites and by 3 pm had just about finished section F, but since I had hit the 6 hour mark it was time to clock out for the day......on my way back to the coach I decided there was not a single reason/excuse for me not to go for a bike ride....my first ride of the season up to the Emerald Bay Vista Point.
I was on my way by 3:45 pm up CA-89 and within 1.5 miles entered the bike path........