Well it is 2015 and things are off to an exciting start. Since having to reshuffle our winter plans because of the Florida State Parks maximum allowable stay rule (mentioned in this post) we have been busy. We spent a great week on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Pensacola and landed a work camping job at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Gregory E. Moore RV Resort (in the Florida Panhandle). When checking into the park we inquired with the rangers about work camping next fall/winter. We were given an application and told to fill it out and bring it back. Upon doing so we met the ranger in charge of volunteers, introduced ourselves, and expressed our interest in coming back next fall/winter to work. And mentioned that if there is an opening this winter we would be interested. After all, we are here and available. A couple of days later, he asked if we would be interested in working in the camp store this January. We were eager and excited! In exchange for our 15 hours/week/person, our site (decked out with full hook-up, Wi-Fi and cable which has a going price of $42/night) is free.
We just completed our first shift (working from 8-5, three days a week) in the camp store. This time of year is pretty quiet and cold so there is no rush on renting stand up paddleboards but we sure keep the coffee pot going and the firewood stocked. While we both don’t have to be manning the store together, it seems we have been. Other than coming home for lunch and taking the eager pup for a walk we like being there making visitor contacts and chatting with staff. The camp store is a hub of activity and questions – can someone fix my cable, where is the best place to buy seafood, where is Walmart, do you sell bread, etc.
So while we were bummed that our initial winter plans did not work out as we thought, we are quite happy with where we have landed and back to being "working girls"! And an airstream rally with over 100 airstreams is about to arrive.