Saturday, November 26, 2022 – Slightly Quieter, But Exhausted Due To Little Sleep

Hi Sweetie,
Awakened three times during the night listening to some kind of thrumming noise, until I finally couldn’t take it anymore, I had to find out what it was. At first, I thought it was a quiet generator behind me, but after throwing on my robe and rain boots and walking through camp at 4:30 in the morning, I discovered it was actually a generator AND a big diesel truck that was left running, obviously to power something. It was seriously loud, considering it was all the way on the other side of camp from me! I can’t tell you how much that pissed me off. I told every camper in here, many more than once, when quiet hours were. The FWC law enforcement guy said he did the same thing when he came through around 7:00, and the Sheriff’s department made a few swings by as well, so for these people to so flagrantly violate the most essential rule here, quiet hours from 11-7, infuriates me. I turned off their generator, and would have turned off their truck except I was afraid the horn alarm would go off and wake up anybody who wasn’t already awake. Plus I’m sure I would have gotten in trouble doing so. I texted the FWC guy and didn’t hear back from him for about two hours, then all he told me was to call dispatch, which I did. Two hours later, I still hadn’t seen anyone, so I called again, and was told the officer was doing something “off-duty” and would come once he was finished. I asked if that was likely to be closer to 30 minutes or four hours, and he said thirty minutes. Four and a half hours later, I called again, got a new dispatcher, had to re-exlain the whole thing again (don’t these people take notes?), and was told the exact same thing about having to wait until the off-duty job was done before being available! I’m sure glad I wasn’t in serious physical trouble, I’d be dead before I ever get help from these guys! All this one promised was “by end of day.” This is not a problem I want to handle in the dark, but that’s exactly what ended up happening. I spent the rest of the day running around, checking in on people, a lot of day riders coming and going, slightly less chaotic than yesterday, but not by much. When the FWC LE guy finally showed up just before 6:00, it was already dark, of course, but he managed to make a lot of progress with the troublemakers. The permit they were using had expired yesterday, the guy whose name was on the permit had been cited for trespass two years ago and was apparently still under court order not to be on the property, and since there were six people under his permit, they’re all being told they have to leave. Lots of yelling going on for awhile, but fortunately, I was with my friends and not at all involved, since some of them were looking for me because they thought I could help them, though, of course, I couldn’t. LE guy said he’d come back through around 10:30 to make sure they had left, so hopefully it will be a quieter night, and I’ll be able to make up for lack of sleep last night. Seems three groups of non-equestrians left today because of the noise factor last night as well. No doubt there will be complaints, but they’re the ones who started it by violating so many rules, as far as I’m concerned. The best part of the day was when a bunch of us all put our dogs in a paddock as a temporary dog park, and the all raced around having a blast together! Everybody got along just fine! Wish people had that ability! Spent the evening chatting with friends until we were all too tired to do anything but go to bed, so off to the shower I got! Good night, darlin’! Love you!

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