Friday, September 26, 2014

Unsung Heroes of Santa Clara County Parks


                                      Jeremy saying HI to everyone.

Yes these guys are my heroes.  Even though we work as a team, they do a lot of extra things for me that aren’t in their job description.

One of the main things that they do is to keep the trash under control.  Emptying the animal safe trash receptacles is a daily occurrence,  sometimes several times a day on busy weekends and holidays.  It’s one of the things that I can’t do because those covers are really heavy.


                    Danny is our seasonal worker and retires this weekend.

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Here Ruben and Jeremy are hanging bee catchers.  That’s a pheromone that they put into the bottom to attract the bees.  The bees can be very aggressive when bits of meat are left in or on the fire rings.

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That’s Ruben restocking the breezeway (the area between the two restrooms) and Jeremy working in the pump house. They keep the spring fed water in the park safe to drink.

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                       Our maintenance guys are also are snake wranglers. 


They do all kinds of ground work too.  Above is a tree branch that fell and took out a smaller tree,  There were two campsites that were affected and couldn’t be used for several days until they were able to remove all the branches.  In the meantime the deer took advantage of the succulent leaves.

IMG_2966 IMG_2963 IMG_3089   More ground work.  They seem to be mowing for  grass a lot, especially in the morning when it is cooler.  They have two types of mowers, one that works like smaller circular yard power mowers and the one pictured above (the reel is like a hand push mower) that when used, has to have someone in the truck to watch for fire producing sparks.

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Then there’s the tasks that are required because of the stupidity of some segments of the general public.  (subjects for rants that I won’t subject you to)

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Lately, we have had several water line breaks.  Above Ruben and Jeremy are working on one in the Equestrian CG.  It was really hot that day.  Check out the big hats.  That’s Bruce’s hand showing me how to apply decals that would go on the trash receptacles.

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It’ not always work, we have fun too.  On the left is the impromptu Birthday Party for my 70th.  Yesterday we had a Pot Luck before the monthly Staff Meeting that included the people from Ed Levin County Park and a couple of people from Corporate.  In the center is Danny grilling a Tri-Tip and on the right is Bruce frying breaded Abalone.


There are a lot of other things that they do throughout the 10,000 acre park, not only here in the CG, but out on the trails and around the lakes.  I certainly appreciate all that they do.  THANK YOU to Bruce, Ruben, Jeremy and Danny.

Next time you see a maintenance person in a  park or resort, tell them thanks.  They all work hard.

Thanks for visiting


When Mom is working and the guys come by, they always come over and say hello.  I like them too.

Susan and Angel


  1. It is so easy to forget the folks that keep the parks maintained for everyone's enjoyment.

  2. I agree 100%. I've always found the maintenance people made my job so much easier and more pleasant. God love them all!