Pender county was a delight. We covered seven ﬁre districts, and we ended up ﬂying through them due to the excellent and timely scheduling done by the charming county ranger, Mr. Hagan. Again, we beneﬁted from the close relationship that the county ranger and the ﬁre departments share, helping us manage the scheduling, understanding and cooperation to complete the CWPP go very smoothly. Pender County is the neighboring county to where we live, so the drive out to the ﬁre districts we relatively short compared to a few of the distant counties we have been previously. It has a history a wildﬁres, in fact, 5 years ago there was a 500 acre ﬁre just behind our current residence that is still mentioned often when we visit the districts that fought that ﬁre. We also met the Maple Hill ﬁre department, our town’s namesake. Strangely, though, they do not cover our particular living location. In fact, no ﬁre department covers our particular living location and we live in an area with a very high ﬁre susceptibility index. Thank goodness its been raining quite a bit this year. One of the local treasures we found in this county was the World Famous Hot Dog restaurant, Paul’s Place - which also happens to be a Staging Area for Long Grady Creek ﬁre district. Upon our ﬁnal meeting with Mr. Hagan at the Forest Ranger station, we enjoyed a lot of laughs with the men working there, and we were given a lot of Smokey the Bear swag. The best of which was a bandana with Smokey’s likeness printed on it with his 5 rules of ﬁre safety on it as well. We plan on wearing them on one of our upcoming hiking and camping hitches. Overall, Pender was a charming place with many very nice people and we are sad to see it go. It was a very pleasant place to work.