Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Variety Galore

We had our second orientation session on Friday. More paperwork and training videos. They talked about changes that have been made since last year. If the information is correct, it sounds like things will work more smoothly. We start tomorrow, so we’ll find out.

We’ve been walking for about an hour a day to keep working on conditioning for our 10 hour shifts on our feet. If we walk up and down each row of the campground twice, it takes an hour. There are 6 rows with 22 sites per row for a total of 132 sites. Currently about 115 of the sites are occupied. There certainly are a variety of units here.

Today Kevin and I counted how many were motorhomes or other types of RVs. We really need to get a life :) There are 52 motorhomes and 59 fifth wheels or travel trailers, pretty equally divided. Then there are a few other types of units such as camper vans.

Units run from very expensive to barely road worthy. People work here for a variety of reasons. Some are hear just to supplement a nice income. Others are barely scraping by and really need this money. We met a number of people last year who said they just needed something to do.

Most of the people in this park work for Amazon, although a few work at an oil refinery in town. Here are a few pictures of the diverse types of units at this park.

The front one looks like a work van converted into a camper. It has a sewer hose so must have a bathroom. A lone guy and his large dog live in it. The back Casita is occupied by a lone young lady. Rumor has it she is traveling the country before attending college.

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These two trailers appear to be occupied by one family. They have a little boy and a dog. You’ll notice the hot tub on the right side. I don’t know if its hooked up. They also have a Dish satellite dish, everyone has their priorities.

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Many units are very nice. These three motorhomes are all parked in a row and look like they cost a few bucks.

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I’ve never seen a Class C made by Forest River. This one is called a Solera and has solar panels on top that take up most of the roof. I wonder if it comes with the solar panels and that’s why its called a Solera. The Class B next to it is occupied by a lone man. I can’t imagine living in such a small space.

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Some work campers start working here as early as August. Its very hot here that time of year. We’ve seen a number of creative air conditioning options on some the trailers. Here’s an interesting one.

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The weather this weekend has been wonderful with highs in the low 80s both days. This morning before football started we washed our windows and Kevin cleaned off the front cap of the 5th wheel. Those darn bugs sure do make a mess up there.

It’s time to start working. There’s not much to do in this neck of the woods other than count trailers :)

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

7 comments:

  1. The Casita & silver truck look like they might belong to Becky from http://www.interstellarorchard.com . She is a new full-timer and blogger.

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    1. You beat me too this, it sure does look like Becky's Casita.

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  2. Heya! Yep that's my Casita. To set the record straight I finished college 5 years ago and after a few years in the rat race went heck no and started doing my own thing. I've been on the road as a full-timer about 5 weeks now but have been living in the RV since the end of April. Having a blast so far. :) If you're working nights I'll probably see you around Amazon, if not you're welcome to come knocking on my door, just make sure it's after 2 pm or I'll probably be asleep. ;)

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    1. Hi Becky, What shift and area are you working? We're on 6th. I'm picking and Kevin is in Crisplant. We're over at Buckeye, next door to Jerry and Kim. I've been looking for your blog so glad to find you!

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  3. Hopefully will see you tonight after you finish pick school. The little van with the trailer actually has 2 occupants -- Bill AND Louise. Louise rode to Amazon with me last year and is working 6th shift in Crisplant.

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  4. Good Luck with your first week as pickers. Expect your feet to take a beating for awhile. Wish they had had the hardening last year. We have considered doing it again next year so will be interested is hearing if the changes are really making a difference. I can still feel that scanner in my hand. :)

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  5. Well we just completed our first full day at work. My feet are dog tired. We are working shift 7 Thursday-Monday 7am - 5:30 pm. Surprised at how neat and clean the plant is and the people are so nice. We'll have to see if these old bones can last till Christmas.

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