Today was a very busy day, more so than most of my days off. This morning I had to go to the office to take the annual Ethics Training class along with all employees in the Red River Area. It was presented by an attorney from the Tulsa office of the Corps of Engineers. Employees also came from smaller project offices, such as Waurika and Hugo. The break room was packed.
After the training we had our Thanksgiving dinner. There was baked ham, smoked pork loin, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, baked beans, potato salad, relish tray, peach cobbler and ice cream. Need I tell you that I felt stuffed afterwards? It was very good.
After lunch Judy and I went to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge near Pottsboro on the Little Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma. The temperature was in the low 70s which was much more comfortable than it was in August when I first visited the refuge. We stopped at the visitor center where we visited a few minutes with Gayle Ellis. She told us that she had worked for several years at the Corps of Engineers office and knows many of the people who work here.
Because of the milder-than-normal weather so far, there wasn’t yet the usual abundance of wildlife that is found here. However, we saw thousands of ducks, geese and other waterfowl. We walked part of the way on two nature trails. We didn’t have time to take long hikes because the Refuge closes at dusk. We really enjoyed our visit.
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