October 2016 was my last month as a Interpretive VIP (Volunteers In the Park) for the National Park Service at Cheesboro Canyon in Agoura Hills, CA. Time to get ready to move from Agoura Hills to the Central Coast.
I've spent nearly every Saturday morning for the last 16 years welcoming visitors and sending them on their way into the Canyon. I've enjoyed same of the greatest, craziest and funny people. It was a little slice life passing before my eyes on those Saturdays mornings topped off with an occasional rescue. I administered a lot of Bactine (technically against Park rules for volunteers) on scraped knees and elbows.
My view on Saturday mornings. My beautiful Valley Oak tree that was my companion while I drank my tea early on Saturday mornings before visitors started showing up.
The visitor trailer, a rusting old steel can but my home on Saturday mornings.
A better view of old steel box
Early Saturday morning
A little later on Saturday morning
A little quieter in the back country
During Byron's High School years he would occasionally join me as a VIP along with Betzi.
Vanesa , one of my regular visitors looking for her horse cookie
Last day, the crowd is gone and the old steel is closed for the last time my yours truly. I leave it to new VIPs take care of.