Tourist Spot

Volunteering DC Booth Fish Hatchery – a nomads dream


SPEARFISH, SD – The life of a retiree can be carefree, and for a group of Spearfish it is an opportunity to give back to the community.

A popular tourist spot, the DC Booth Hatchery and National Historic Archives can operate smoothly thanks to this special set of volunteers, and surprisingly, many are modern day nomads.

“We can’t remember who came up first, we said okay let’s just go join the circus,” said volunteer Jim Wallace. “So that’s what we did and that’s what we’ve been doing now since we were in our fifth year.”

Like husband and wife, Jim and Pat Wallace, most of the volunteers are full-time RVs‘ers who travel the country and are paid on site at local campsites. Although they are not paid in cash, it is a passion and something that these volunteers would not change.

“But we’re both retired educators and we wanted to give back to the community and we forget that donation to the community and we forget that would be one way to do it and have fun at the same time and have fun at the same time. at the same time, we’re just traveling the country volunteering in different places, ”said Randy Reed.

Unlike some volunteers, Randy and Sandy Reed have been traveling on and off for years. Sandy said after they got married they sold everything they had and went into the water to live on a boat. Like RV’ers, tthey can give back, while having the opportunity to see the country their own way, but there are still challenges.

“The biggest challenge is medical because you know we get older and so on,” Sandy said. “It would be medical.”

“Finding someone to do their hair is a bit more of a problem,” Pat said. “Church, find the right church. Yeah, find a church.

And learn to live a little smaller, even if it’s temporary. Although retired, the Criders still have a home in Texas and choose to travel during the summers.

“It’s a step forward for us, we had a much smaller motorhome, so we learned to live very little, we didn’t have very few recliners and all that stuff and stuff. of things, ”said Cecily Crider.

Time spent away from family is also a concern. For many full-time RVers with children, additional planning is necessary to ensure that they can still see their family. Whether it is to visit them or for their family to come find them. There is also the issue of being able to just keep in touch.

The Wallaces said, “No TV, we didn’t have cable, we had a radio station that we could get, we had to travel four miles to use the phone. And our kids were in shock, because they couldn’t call when they wanted to, pick up mom and talk to us. But there have been other times we get a text, usually a text, “Where are you people?” “”

Of course, being with one person all the time too.

“If you’re traveling with someone in an RV, you better really like them because you’re together all the time, in a very, very confined space,” Randy said. “We could be anywhere. As long as we were together, that’s all that matters.

Volunteers stay for a few months at a time, and with a schedule of three days and three days off, leaving plenty of free time for sightseeing and exploring the local scenes.

For those interested in the active life, research is encouraged, but most people who live this life are more than happy to talk about it. And as the Reeds say, wherever you are it is a great place and there is always something beautiful to see and do.