2017 in Review

Wow, 2018 is here. Another year is behind us, lets see what 2017 was like and what’s ahead in 2018.

2018

Started 2017 in Kenedy, Tx. working in the oil fields of the Eagle Ford area. We were getting work, but not steady work with the gate guard company we were with. After several months of this we were told that new jobs were opening up close to Whitsett, Tx. so we made the move there and soon found a good gig where we were both working the day shift at a large ranch. We were very busy and actually loved the work, but after about a month/six weeks it tapered off and we had enough. The company just didn’t have enough work for all the people they had, and lots of empty promises.

We contacted several companies about gate guard jobs and one called us back with an opportunity in East Texas starting in July. After being in South Texas with all the dirt and dust in the oil fields the piney woods of East Texas sounded wonderful. We would both be working 12 hr shifts-one day shift and one night, but said if we wanted some help to let them know and they could send another couple to help out. We took the job, packed up, and headed East.

Arrived in Goodrich, Tx. in July, found a great campground with our site beneath a huge canopy of 80 ft pine trees. The hot summer sun barely penetrated our motorhome so we only had to run one air conditioner all summer. We were tucked back in a hollow with a lake across from the site. Nice and quiet with only 2 other campers and we all worked the same place. Great change for us…we loved it!!

During that first 30 days of working 24/7 we notified our company we wanted some help. Great pay, easy work, but not much of a life. Laurie worked days and I worked nights so we only saw each other at shift change. We had already decided when we embarked on this RV full time journey that money was NOT at the top of our list. Our relief couple arrived after about 30 days. Laurie and I would work days and they worked nights. We had our life back!

August 2017Survived Hurricane Harvey. That was a fun time. I remember it rained for 36 hours straight. Flooding was just a few miles down the road from us.

Celebrated 2 years full time Rv travel adventures in September. We both love this lifestyle as we have met some great and interesting people along the way. It’s so nice to  be able to visit and experience different places. Kinda strange for myself who spent over 20 years in Real Estate, but I can’t imagine living the bricks and sticks way again…maybe one day, but not now.

October 2017-We took a few days off and headed to DFW to visit with friends and family. Celebrated all my kids birthdays with them and also visited with Mom, Sister, and Dad. Also went by my Aunt and Uncle’s place and saw them with some cousins too. It was a great time and we also came home with a (new to us) motor scooter. We were very busy during October.

In conclusion, we had a great year. This is the best gig we have had since we started 2 years ago. The job is supposed to last a year and we hope it does so we can stay here for a while longer. We love it here. Laurie works most days and I take care of the house duties. Yes, I am a “house hubby” as she calls me. She loves her job, the guys bring her food all the time, she knows them all by name(over 100) and they all miss her when she takes a day off occasionally. I do most all the shopping, cooking, and cleaning. It works for us. We are both happy and have a great life.

Whats in store for 2018? As I said earlier more of the same…we hope we work here well into the new year, but if we learned anything is that things change. That’s ok. Change is good. If it happens we are ready, if not, we are ready also. We don’t worry about it, in fact worry is not something I do a lot of now. A new adventure is just down the road!

 

 

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Grill Time

Time to fire up the grill. Food for the upcoming week and more. Chicken, pork chops, corn, baked potato’s, t-bone steaks and more!!

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Start with some fresh sweet corn
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Jalapeno Chicken, baked potato’s, and the corn.
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After that is done, more chicken with some secret sauce
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Secret no more, brush this on right before they were done.
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Now, lets do some pig.
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Looking good!!
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Hickory smoke on everything
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Saved the best for last…T-bones
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Mmmmm Good!!
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Dessert was no sugar lemon creme cake, topped with low calorie, low sugar vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries mixed in. After all that I’m ready for a nap!!
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Life is GOOD!!

Gate Visitors

Calves
Lots of cattle roaming around us, these two were interested in the bathroom for some reason.
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Mama cow #38 was keeping a close eye on her baby.
Dog
This dog was checking everything out, found out later it belonged to a rancher across the road. He said she usually brought a water bottle with here for you to toss and she would go get it. I guess she didn’t want to play fetch today…no water bottle.

New Gate we are now Working

We moved to Whitsett, Texas to both work at a local ranch oil gate for several weeks.  Great opportunity because we can both work day shift and pay is double what we were making before. This is located west of Kenedy about 45 miles. We have moved the motorhome to a park in Whitsett and only a 5 minute drive to work now!!

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Bigger shelter with indoor bathroom and small kitchen area.
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Our office for about a month or so.

New Work Camping Gig

Well things keep changing for us, and we feel for the better…

First we have moved back to the Lost Alaskan Rv Park and live there free as work campers. They called us last week and said they had an opening as one work camping couple had left. We work 2 days a week, off 6 days, have full hookups, wifi, cable, all utilities are paid, and free laundry. Owners are super nice and it’s the best RV park around!! Our site is towards the back and very quiet even though the park is full most nights. Laurie works the office and I escort campers to their site and do various maintenance around the park. We have already worked our 2 days last week and did pretty good considering it was our first days.

I had to quit the hardware store job because our schedule didn’t work at both places. I will be going back to work there as needed on a temporary basis.

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Coming Soon….Our Trip to Marfa

One Year Full Timing

One year ago today we started out full time in our RV. We left the DFW area and spent the fall and part of the winter in Port Aransas as work campers.

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We left Port Aransas in January to go back to Dallas area to take care of my daughter that was having some medical issues. Stayed in DFW until February and headed to Lake Murray in Oklahoma to work at the state park. That only lasted a few days because what they told us via email and phone was much different than when we arrived. We left Oklahoma and visited a few friends and family in East Texas and headed to Marathon in far west Texas in March. We worked in Marathon for 6 months and went down the road to Alpine where we are now.

Dislikes about RV life: We don’t have a tow vehicle yet, so we have to drive separate now. Hopefully that will change soon, but the pickup has come in handy for extra storage. Laundry is somewhat a chore since we don’t have a W/D in the motor home.

Likes: Great way to live on the cheap. Where we park is our home with great views, and if want to change views we move. Having to leave and take care of family allows us flexibility and keeps us out of hotels. Working as we travel allows us to stay as long as we wish and really get to know the town and enjoy everything there is to offer.

Work Camping experience: The job can be much different than explained to you. A lot of parks take advantage of you and have you work much more than needed for your hookups. Ask a lot of questions and get the job description in writing as well as the expected hours.

Conclusion: Its a great way to see places that you have always wanted to visit. We have met some interesting people and made some great friends. Where we are at now it gives us the chance to experience the Big Bend area for as long as we want. Most visit for a few days and have to leave. There is a lot to see and do and living here gives us the flexibility to take it all in. We love the lifestyle and plan on continuing and traveling to more places in the future.