“SERENDIPITY” A Life Out of My Control—Part 5

During our first summer, we used our neighbor’s lake to teach swimming and just enjoy. However, we had the ideal site in our meadow to build our own lake and unlimited spring water to fill it and keep it full. Amazing how fortunate we were to have an ideal location with plenty of land and water to create our own lake. Serendipity??

A dam was built with a spillway and a 12-inch pipe outlet. I intended in the future to build our own water Pelton wheel generator with enough capacity to supply all the electricity camp would ever need. From our lake downhill to Richardson Creek was a 500 ft drop. On and in the lake, we taught swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and even water ballet. Never to be forgotten was a big raft we placed in the center of the Lake. What fun a raft and water can be.

The neighbor who allowed us to use his lake was also the man who sold us the land for camp. Carl Parks was a successful Chippo Logger and a professional bear and mountain lion hunter. He had a large Alaskan Husky he would take on his hunting expeditions. Whenever this dog broke free of his leash, he hunted the dogs of his few neighbors. It was a serious problem. The husky killed several dogs, which our neighbor paid dearly for. So he kept the husky chained because he realized his dog would be shot on sight by those who lost their dogs.

IN THE NEXT POST—What happened when our dogs encountered the husky on our walk to Richardson Creek.

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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