Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce
My Favorite Question at the Visitors Center
by Carolyn Stillman on September 15th, 2010

My name is Carolyn and I’m probably the oldest volunteer at the Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce. My advancing state of decrepitude announces itself most loudly when I swing my legs out of bed in the mornings. Despite my great age I find lots of things to do in the office to be helpful. I particularly like meeting and greeting the walk-ins that come by for information.

One of my favorite questions is, “What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow?” I come out from behind the desk and wave my arms around imitating one of the young weather folk on TV. I use terms like “the jet stream” and “El Nino” while surreptitiously peeping out the window looking for clouds or a strong breeze that might give me a hint. I don’t mean to imply that I’m being facetious…just friendly. Following my dramatic interlude I generally say, “…pretty much like today.” I get my weather information from several sources and they rarely agree so it isn’t as if I haven’t checked. Just that I don’t know which source to use in my pontification.

The Chamber often gets visitors from abroad. Just yesterday a delightful couple from Brussels, Belgium came in to talk about their planned trip through Lassen Park and on to Mt. Shasta. I’m very fond of Lassen Park and enjoy talking about it with folk who are on their way to visit. The new Visitors Center is a treasure and has a grand place for lunch after viewing the excellent video presentation. I particularly like King’s Creek Meadow and the hike to the falls. We who live in the shadow of the majestic mountain often forget to visit its wonders. How sad.

Anyone who wants to challenge my claim to being the oldest volunteer is more than welcome to come in to the Chamber office and help out. There’s plenty to do and help is always welcome.


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