April 22 – May 31, 2017 – Chama, NM
We made it to Chama midafternoon and spent the rest of the day getting set up. We started our jobs in the RV Park Sunday morning – Nancy in the office and Rex is working outside. The heavy snows over the winter knocked some trees down and broke a lot of branches so the guys were busy getting the park cleaned up.
We woke up on April 27th to snow – Brrrr
This was the view out our back window
It snowed off and on for the next 3 days and was cold - in low 30’s during the day and in low 20’s at night for a few days. It was quite a change from the warm weather we left in Arizona!
May started warming up into the 50s and 60s until we got another snow storm on the 10th – this was our last snow storm. We only had a couple days of cold weather and then it started warming again.
The park officially opened on May 1st and a few campers started trickling in on that day. The Rio Chama River runs behind the park and as the snow melts above us it is causing the river to run very high and very fast. The owners say they have never seen the river this high – we are all keeping a close eye on it! We are settled in and are enjoying watching the deer that come into the park and are waiting for the fawns to arrive. We also enjoy the Orioles and Hummingbirds – we have two Hummingbird feeders out and put out orange halves for the Orioles. Rex also hung a thistle sock for the finches.
As this picture shows, the Orioles also enjoy the Hummingbird feeders.
We enjoyed a great dinner for all the train docents who are currently in Chama at the home of Bob and Holly Ross. Bob is the overall coordinator for the Docent program – Rex will be the coordinator for the month of September and will work as a docent on the train this summer as his park work schedule allows.
We are both learning more about how the park operates and enjoying interacting with all the other staff and guests - this is a very nice and pleasant place to work! Memorial Day weekend was very busy and now the park is getting fuller – which means our work is getting busier. We helped with the pancake breakfast the park prepares for our guests on Memorial Day – Nancy mixed the pancake batter and Rex cooked the pancakes. We served pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee – everyone enjoyed a delicious breakfast and good company.