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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

vacation is almost over

We have been enjoying ourselves visiting family and friends and our first week here in Jamestown has flown by. The weather has been absolutely perfect and looks like it will continue with only a slight cool down this week end.
Tuesday we rode the bike over to Terre Haute to finalize our arrival plans. We met with Keith and Mary the owners and they showed us which site they had for us and some of what we will be doing. Looks like Rudee will be in the office and I will be an "outside guy" filling propane, escorting, delivering firewood etc. They built a new building over the winter and Keith is insulating and drywalling the interior and needs some help completing it so it looks like that is what I will be doing for the first week or two. He has a lot of it done with only the garage/workshop area left to do. Luckily he has a fork lift to do the heavy lifting so it will be just a matter of placing the panels and screwing them in.
Our site has a nice brick patio that extends around the fire pit and has all the usual amenities, water, sewer, cable and WIFI. Best of all it should be easy to back into since it is in a curve of the campground road. There are plenty of trees here so even on hot days we will have some shade to keep things cool.
Mary is ordering our shirts but already had these
Guess we are "official" :-)
They have a couple of single people already working there and two other couples in addition to us working this summer. We are looking forward to getting to know the others and getting our feet wet as "work campers".
Our original plan last winter was to start on April 10 as scheduled by the KOA but we told them we would be in the state a little early and they offered us an April 1st start date and we accepted. Tuesday he said we could start anytime, the sooner the better so we decided to move over this Sunday and get set up. I guess the vacation is over and it is back to work!
Seems like so long ago that I first learned about work camping and started doing in depth research on this lifestyle. I would read as many blogs as I could find about the lifestyle but hardly any of them wrote about their day to day life as work campers and focused on their days off. My plan is to write a little more about my daily duties along with our adventures on our days off. This way readers that are considering work camping can get a feel for what it is like day in and day out. We'll see how it goes, but Rudee and I are excited to start this new chapter and look forward to sharing it with you. I'll keep you posted.


  1. It always feels good to us to "get back in the harness". Our campground managers job should start in Mid may, depending on snow melt off. One of our fun times is coming up. Our annual fishing trip to the lake. Safe travels !

  2. We hope you have a great experience as workampers for KOA. Looking forward to reading all about your time there. We will be workamping for a KOA in Watkins Glen New York from May-October. Happy Trails!

  3. We will be looking forward to read the day to day job. As we will be doing the same when we get on the road.

  4. Congrats on the new gig and I hope you have fun with it!

  5. Looking forward to your works ping experience. I sure enjoyed your gate keeping job. Thanks

  6. I'm enjoying my duties more every day. I look forward to comparing notes as it appears we are doing about the same thing.

  7. We're glad you two are enjoying some "downtime and riding" before heading back to work! TM and I will try looking you guys up whenever we ride our bikes over to Edgar County (IL) to visit my family this spring/summer. My hometown is only 45 minutes from Terre Haute.