Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bring on 2015!

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.

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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.

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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.

9 comments:

  1. Great attitude you two have!! Enjoy that beach for us!

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  2. Looks like a great gig fell into your laps! The location looks ideal. How are the bugs???

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    1. So far, no mosquito squatting at our site. If they come and want to stay they will have to work their shift in the store.

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  3. Good for you - not often you find a deal like you have -enjoy!

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  4. How long will you be there? We arrive April 12, looking forward to our stay. Please keep showing things to do and good places to eat :-)

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    1. We are scheduled to leave mid-March. Too bad we would love to meet you (and have a prime rib feast). Did you happen to meet Al and Jan Schwartz at Amazon? We worked with them in Maine last summer. The food here is amazing so we'll give you a list of the best places to eat and how to afford them with the 1/2 price deals. Safe travels.

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  5. Maybe the stars will finally align in our favor. We're planning on coming down to Crestview in February to change our residency to Florida. Maybe we'll finally catch up to you for a visit! ;c)

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