This morning we went out to Schoodic Point one last time to count migrating waterbirds for the SeaWatch program. It wasn't our regular day, but we agreed to count one more session for Seth. The migration has slowed, so it was a fairly easy morning.
Seth joined us for the last half hour or so, and then we were finished. We went back to the rig to warm up and get cleaned up and then met Seth back at his office for an informal "exit interview". We turned in the spotting scope, a pair of binoculars, our data sheets, our volunteer jackets, and the bird guides he had loaned us.
Since this was the initial year for RV volunteers for the SeaWatch, he wanted to know the pros and cons from our perspective and how it could be better. Linda had already typed up notes for future volunteers including such things as what to take out to the count site each day and information about the campsite. Seth has some ideas about some changes and we offered our input. We also gave him some additional options other than just Volunteer.gov for recruiting volunteers for next season. Of course, we'll assist with that effort. If you like birding and think you might like to volunteer for next year's SeaWatch, let us know.
He gave us certificates and pins for our service, and he was extremely complimentary. He was thrilled with how it worked out, and we expressed how much we enjoyed working for and with him. He's really a great guy.
After we finished up, he took us to lunch and then we said our final goodbyes.
By the time we got back to our campsite, the tree that fell across the road on Friday had been cut and moved so we'll have a clear path tomorrow when we leave.
In preparation for tomorrow's departure, I got out our air compressor ...
and made sure all the tires on the fifth wheel, truck, and Jeep were properly inflated. With the cold temps, the tire pressures were a bit lower than they should be so I inflated all of them.
While I was taking care of the tires, Linda defrosted the freezer. Then she did a couple loads of laundry while I returned a few emails.
Tomorrow, we begin our ride south. The first stop will be at the Cabela's in Scarbourough, Maine about 180 miles away.
Many Cabela's stores have RV parking and even dump stations; however, there may be local ordinances that prohibit overnight parking. I found online references to RV parking at the target Cabela's, but it's always a good idea to call and make sure.
And with that, our bird migration volunteer position here at Acadia National Park has come to an end. Another great experience to add to our list of interesting jobs we've had on the road. But now I'm ready to get to warmer weather. :)