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!!
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!!
It’s amazing how many different RV’s we get to see. To the biggest to really small.
Chickens that is……
As I said in my last post we are now working at the Lost Alaskan RV Park. The owners have some laying hens and a couple are still able to escape their pen and roam free. We fired up the grill and they decided to come help.
and then they were gone!!
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.
Coming Soon….Our Trip to Marfa
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.
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.
I mentioned in my last post that some changes were coming….
First a new job for me, I’m now working at the local True Value Hardware store in the paint dept. where I have had some experience many years ago at Sherwin-Williams. I like it, putting in a lot of hours which is ok since we have made several trips to DFW recently. Laurie is still at the Guest lodging which is nice since it’s just around the corner from True Value.
Second, a new location for us to park the RV. After searching everywhere in Alpine we finally got a call from someone with hookups on acreage. So the scenery is better, it’s much quieter, and we like it a lot. Our closest neighbors are some horses.
We had our friends from Marathon drop by a few days ago and brought some homemade tamales. Man they are good!!
The Big Bend area has received a lot of rain in the last month and everything is so green.
Marathon is in our rear view mirror. We are now in the “big” city of Alpine about 30 miles west and are working at a property management firm who handles mainly vacation/business rentals. The office is only 5 minutes away and we can work from home as needed.
Alpine is the county seat of Brewster county, the largest county in Texas and is nestled in the foothills of the Davis mountains. Home of Sul Ross State University, Amtrak Sunset Limited rail station, Kokernot Field (home of the Alpine Cowboys Baseball team), several great restaurants, and more! Plus higher elevation and trees…yes we have trees which are a welcome change.