The pot luck was an enjoyable gathering with a lot of appreciative people who hated to see Steve leave. (his last day isn't until Tuesday)
People came to the office and gathered around Steve,
wishing him well and telling them how much they will miss him.
They started out giving him a gag gift of an
''Old Man Sweater''
but it turns out it fit him well,
he looks great in it,
and he likes it and will continue to wear it! LOL
Linda, his boss, on the right, put together a big photo album of all of his accomplishments in the park. Projects that he had part of, or initiated, or invented or repaired around the park. What a great remembrance of the things he did that made a difference.
Camphosts, staff, and volunteers brought him such nice cards, gifts and tales of fun times they had while working with Steve. It was a great afternoon of laughter, stories and good natured teasing.
Horsing around with his two ''Junior Rangers'' as he fondly calls them.
Check out the photo bombing fox on Steve!
Jay has a coyote problem
and Jeff is doing his Deer in the Headlights impression.
Of course, with the Warden Tom,
The Buck Stops Here!
Thank you Linda for being such a great boss to Steve,
and putting this all together to honor him!
He has really enjoyed his time at High Cliff State Park.
Linda, the creative genius, put together a wonderful array of fun gifts.... Here is a video clip of him opening them up and then a little speech to the folks present.
These are some interesting micro brew beers for the holiday.....
For the evening, one of the DNR wardens, Ryan, invited all of the staff to his home for their yearly holiday party. The roads were getting worse and we put the little Tracker in four wheel drive to get up to his home on the Niagara Escarpment ledge.
At this party, (also a non-official retirement party for Steve) the guys presented Steve with the sign from the maintenance shop building!!! Yes, they took the actual sign right off from over the door of the shop! (it needs to be replaced anyhow). They all took time to write on the back of it, messages of good luck and kind words. He will mount it in the workshop that he is working on in our garage!
All in all, it was a pretty exciting day.
Especially for a guy who didn't want a party.
They put a vacation shot in a frame for him,
to remind him just what retirement is all about.