We had several trips planned for August and since Dave was not hired on full-time to his Black Hawk construction job we decided we would go ahead as planned with our trips. First we went camping with some friends at a campground outside of Reno, Nevada, then headed to Tacoma,Washington to do our first Habitat for Humanity build. One of the places we passed in our travels was the famous Nevada Nuclear Test Site, and another was the Hawthorne Naval Depot, both important parts of American history!
The Naval Ammunition Depot Hawthorne was established in September 1930. It was re-designated Hawthorne Army Ammunition Plant in 1977 when it transferred to Army control as part of the Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition. In 1994, it ended its production mission and became Hawthorne Army Depot. Located near the town of Hawthorne in western Nevada, it is directly south of Walker Lake. The depot covers 147,000 acres, has 600,000 square feet storage space in 2,427 bunkers, and claims to be the “Worlds Largest Depot” . This location was originally chosen because, at the time, it was just far enough inland to be out of the range of missiles launched from the coast.
Our Habitat for Humanity build was scheduled for the last two weeks of the month in Tacoma, Washington. We were very lucky that the weather was unusually dry so the work was rarely interrupted. It was also quite pleasantly warm most of the time!
It was tough to get any pics of Dave because he was offered the opportunity to learn to run some of the heavy equipment and JUMPED at the chance, so was not around the rest of us most of the time =)
We took the weekends off to dash up to Seattle to visit our good friends, the Hadleys. On Labor Day weekend we accompanied them to their vacation home in Suncadia, where we rode ATVs, and jetskis!