My mornings start early at the Welcome Center at Beaver Creek State Natural Area with unlocking the gate, putting up the flags and putting out the bird feeders. I was stopped mid-way through my chores this morning by this view of the marsh from the observation deck. The morning mists were clearing away revealing the marsh. All was quiet; a pair of huge Great Blue Herons flew silently along the edge.
We are drawing close to the end of our job here; we will be leaving Monday morning, so I find myself in a reflective mood. We have been volunteering as hosts for fifteen years now in places too numerous to mention, but each one has had its own natural beauty that has caused me to stop in my tracks at some point and take a deep breath and consider my great fortune to be in that time and place. Volunteering in unique, wild and beautiful locations has been an adventure that both Jeanette and I cherish. There is no pay, we volunteer our time, but on another level we have been paid many times over.