today an interesting tour at the U.S. Postal Distribution Center and lunch at the Olive Garden at Northfield

U.S. Post Office Distribution Center

U.S. Post Office Distribution Center

Our new friend at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal

Our new friend at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal

 

What an interesting day !!  The 3 carpools met at our usual coffee shop, got caught up with each other, and headed north to the US Postal Service Distribution Center.  We were split into two groups for a really interesting tour that lastedabout an hour.  We were given tons of information…
It really was very cool.  Everyone  interacted with our guides, asking how long they worked there, thanking them for their work, asking appropriate questions.  D shared that she has a family member who works as a carrier,  when the guide talked about a processing plant there.  B commented on  how clean the Center is, and that he expected it to be grimy and smell of diesel. J was really checking out the various conveyor belt systems and asked specifically about a 3 step system that cut open bundles of bulk mailing for sorting.  And D talked about the people aspect…how much more social it seemed to be to work at the hand sorting centers vs. keeping an eye on the automated machines, as well as the mechanics that rode 3 wheel bicycles to various problems spots around the plant.Lunch was at the Olive Garden. Everyone was pretty pleased with their meals. As you know they bring out lots of salad and bread sticks. Everyone had multiple helpings of salad, R commented a couple of times how great it was.  I did notice that about half the table doesn’t each black olives though !

Mary met us at the restaurant  and left with one carpool after lunch.  The rest of us had a little time before returning so we took a drive through The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. D  apparently has been there before, he pointed out a grouping of trees that had multiple nests in them, he knew about the bison and birding, and was pleased to be back. The refuge is about 16,000 acres and was designated a wildlife refuge in 1992. There are 330 species of wildlife there, but we saw Bison !  I am guessing there were 20 or so off in the distance but then we came across a couple of big boys right next to the road!  Fantastic!  These beast sre-energized everyone after our big lunch, as  we made out way back home.