|My very smelly ride on Monday|
|Tamping an asphalt patch on the parkway|
I also learned a bit about the visitors of COLO. At one particular pullout on the parkway there were three trash bins and a heap of garbage piled up around them. Frank and I evaluated the mess and starting chipping away at the bags around the trashcans. After that was taken care of we began emptying the trash bins only to realize that one of them had been left completely empty. And I thought I’d only be frustrated with visitors during my time with the law enforcement rangers.
I’m going to skip over Tuesday for now as I actually didn’t spend it with maintenance. On Wednesday I arrived again at 6 AM and was assigned along with a few others to take on the daunting task of weed-whacking the steep banks next to the entrance of the parkway tunnel. The other guys warned me this was one of the more challenging tasks they have to do but we took the challenge head on and got it done before lunch. We were then rewarded for our efforts by being given the very dusty and very tedious task of weed-whacking around the headstones at the Yorktown National Cemetery.
|Got to keep the mowers spick and span|
But we can’t forget about Tuesday. On Tuesday I took a break from maintenance and joined three of the law enforcement rangers on their day in court. As the law-abiding citizen I am I’ve never been in a courthouse before so the experience was a first for me. Watching the events and rulings during the cases being presented that day was also a first for me. Besides the many episodes of Law and Order I’ve seen I really had no idea how this part of the criminal justice system operates. It was definitely a worthwhile experience and I’m glad I had the opportunity to attend. Week three was definitely a success and I’m eager to move on to interpretation and start learning the history behind this national historical park.