9/18/2014 – … Workamping at Paul Nelson Farm, Gettysburg, SD
First, for those interested, check out the Paul Nelson Farm website for pictures of this place. Make sure you go into the photo gallery! I still want to take my camera inside for some specific things that aren’t shown – but this will give you an idea of just what I’m cleaning! Rooms are not even 1/2 of it! And who knows if I’ll get inside with my camera … on my days off, I tend to stay out!
I’ll start with a bit about the place – yes, it’s a working farm, also. This time of year, the focus is on the pheasant hunting. I’m working in housekeeping (helping a tad in the kitchen – prep for dinner). There are 5 sites for workampers.
When the weather turns (which we predict will be mid-October) we’ll move into the provided geo-thermal building, also with provided water, electric and sewer.
People are saying we have it made. Yes and no. Personally, I like it here. But it’s very secluded. 15 miles on gravel roads from Gettysburg, SD. Gettysburg does have a grocery store – and I’ll be fine with it for the time I’ll be here. It’s actually a cute town. But for major shopping, a trip to Pierre would be necessary. It’s only about 60 miles, but again, those miles starting and ending on the gravel add up time-wise. And some wouldn’t want to even come in on the gravel. I realize that. The work is also fairly strenuous. I’m sure what the some are doing on the grounds, etc is more so … but housekeeping (and the couple hours I’ve put in the kitchen) take their toll also. They are VERY fair with us – I love some of the perks – but these buildings are huge – lots of floors, all of which we wash on our hands and knees, for example. I’m getting negatives out there, because I’m getting some workampers who are all excited about this. I know some would be fine, but others would not be. I’ve been hearing people working for Amazon complaining that the cg’s don’t have cable. Well, neither do we to our sites here. But we do have the satellite tv in our lounge. I’m not likely to go use that – maybe after we’re in that building, though. We have wifi – but it’s better again in the lounge building. My site is closest to it, so it’s pretty good here. Those furthest might have trouble getting it. My phone works (AT&T), my neighbors (do not know who they use) does not. There is ONE washer and ONE dryer for us to share. They are no charge to us – but it takes planning to share. This is only the 2nd year they’ve used any workampers, and the last thing I’d want is for them to drop the program because people sign on (whether folks here now, or in the future) not realizing that it is a job and work. I’m figuring on working 6 days a week starting next week. The season is upon us. And so far – would I come back, yes? Maybe not next year, but another year. We’ll revisit that at the end of the season.
OK, enough talk – back to pictures.
White Pelicans on a lake on the road into the farm.
The gravel roads are in pretty good shape.
Parked at my site.
The beautiful Pheasant
Without the pheasants, I wouldn’t have a job!
Turtles are plentiful in the pond in front of the lodge.
These were in the grasses next to it.
White pelican flies over.
The lodge from across the pond.
The Main Lodge
This turtle didn’t hide his head.
This “cabin” is sometimes used by the owner.
Peaches wants to (not allowed) cross that bridge to the lodge.
And a hawk.
The above pictures – after the ones about the place/job – were all taken on my first day and night here. The next pictures were taken the rest of the week:
Resting on shore
Peaches loving discovering the lake.
Not sure what this is?
Peaches asking me, please, lets go back to the lake!
Coots and others
Duck Butt shots – hope they are getting good food
It was work getting a picture with their heads OUT of the water.
Peaches in the water one more time.
When Peaches heads to the water, the birds/ducks tend to move out.
Or fly away
Sometimes I can get a picture, first.
Some of the dogs in the Paul Nelson kennels
Yes, it’s a working farm still, also.
Back by the pond
Turtles are sunning themselves.
Some shops with mural
I warn each one – if only they could understand me!
Looking for food
The lake draws many birds and ducks.
In the water and flying.
And in trees
One of the other workampers has two dogs – one of whom is also named Peaches.
Peaches and Peaches
At least once a day we go to the lake and Peaches gets wet and FILTHY
Ah, but it feels sooooooo good.
Look closely and you’ll see the pheasant …unfortunately the males can’t hide.
Birds of a feather flock together.
This concludes my first week at Paul Nelson Farm. I work tomorrow, have Saturday off – then work 6 days of the following 7. Busy season is upon us. And I hope to take advantage of all the nice weather while we still have it – as it’s going to change and fall/winter take it’s place shortly. Not sure Peaches will get to the lake then.