When people think of service, the military often comes to mind. That is just one of the many ways Debi and Scott Morris have given their time.
Scott grew up in a family who emphasized working with the community and volunteering during his years as a Boy Scout while Debi was raised near Mt. Rainier National Park and visited often as a child.
“We’re so passionate about the parks and what a treasure they are that we love to share that passion and that love with other people in the visitor’s center or wherever we’re spending our time,” said Debi.
From October until April, the Morris’ live at different parks across the nation and volunteer their time in exchange for an RV camping spot at the park. At Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, they arrived just in time to help plan for An American Memoir centennial celebration.
The Morris’ organized school-aged children and invited them to attend and participate in the quarter launch, as well as putting together a play to be performed at the schools to get the students excited about the centennial. They also helped to coordinate students and visitors during the event.
“We enjoy working with people and really, nobody is a stranger. We try to learn as much about the parks and make everybody feel welcome wherever we are in order to make peoples visits that much more,” said Scott.
The Morris’ retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 20 years of service where Debi worked as a First Class Petty Officer and Scott worked as a Chief Radiomen. They met during their time with the Coast Guard, married, purchased their RV and hope to continue to explore the many parks in the country.
“Most of the world does not have landscapes like America and to have the parks, which capture our multicultural heritage in the country and the landscapes, visitors are flabbergasted. Other countries are now developing their parks and it’s really a great thing to have here,” said Scott.
The Morris’ enjoy hiking, photography and making scrapbooks using photos from their adventures. During the other months of the year, they visit with their children and grandchildren in Ohio.
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