Monday, July 19, 2010

Hot and Tired

Current Location: Chester, CA

Another of our work weeks has drawn to a close. It was the hottest week yet, with temperatures in the high 90's. I don't like heat and I don't function well in it. Anything above 90 is too hot for me. Today we saw a little relief...I think it's only the high 80s. And it's supposed to continue to drop over the next couple of days. Let's hope!

I have been tired the entire week. Perhaps it was the heat. Or possibly we're still recovering from the shake up of our routine last week. Or it could be that we have lost our private oasis.

As I've mentioned previously, our site is away from the campground...which is wonderful...but it is right next to one of 3 rental cabins. This is the largest and most expensive cabin so it has only been rented a couple of times since we've been here. Well that all changed last week and is continuing into this week.

We've had 2 family reunions in succession and we've found that they all like to congregate at this cabin. I can certainly understand why. The cabin has a large deck and a private "beach" (shoreline) that is separate from the rest. Last week the group that was here was mostly adults and one 5 week old baby which cried a lot. They also brought jet skis and set up quite a party area down on the beach. Our sounds of nature were overtaken with the constant grind of the jetski and smells of gas. In hindsight we'd like to have them back.

This week we have a family reunion with LOTS of teenagers. Once again, they all congregate out here. Everyone seems to feel the need to drive to this cabin (even though it's an easy 5 minute walk from the campground) so they pretty much block us in. And the majority of kids are screaming girls. Last night we had to listen to what sounded like hundreds of them in the water for a post-dinner swim. Because it was dark, they were screaming at every little thing that touched them underwater. And you know how that goes. One screams, then another, and then another until they're all making as much noise as possible. We were counting down the minutes until 10:00 quiet hour so that we could go down and tell them to shut up. Thankfully, the adults of the group finally went down and to get them all out of the water. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning. I think they are here all week, and most of the group hasn't even arrived yet.

I'm not sure who comes in after these folks but I sure hope it's a quiet ederly couple! We would still pick this spot over any other, but we sure do miss our privacy.

I fear that the summer is beginning to wear on us. We are working in the store more than on grounds because that is where we're needed right now. I miss the break from the customers that grounds work provides. We both still have one full day of grounds each week. Mine is Sunday and I really need it after 4 long days of customer service. People wear me out! I am pretty much an introvert...I guess that explains why I chose a profession of working with computers. Although I dealt a lot with clients, I also had a lot of time where it was just me and the computer. And I have to admit that I am starting to catch myself looking forward to the winter when I can hopefully return back to that kind of work for awhile.

That's not to say that I regret taking this job. Quite the contrary. We both needed a break from our old routine and this has certainly provided it. And there are many things we like here. 90% of the people are great. They're happy to be here and very appreciative of the service we provide. But it's the other 10% that wear you down. Maybe if we were only working 20 hours a week, it wouldn't seem so bad.

But an opportunity to experience and learn is what this is all about. We are learning that it is all about balance. Ideally, we will find a way to bounce back and forth between the traditional workforce and workamping; hopefully allowing ourselves a month or two off between gigs. If we could get away with limiting our work weeks to 20 or 30 hours, that would be perfect, but I don't know if our bank account will allow that.

It feels like we've been living this lifestyle for years, but we have to remember that we've only been doing it a few months. We are still figuring it out and don't ever expect to have all of the answers. But, isn't that part of the beauty? There is some anxiety in not knowing what the immediate future holds, but then again, that's what makes it an adventure. We may be feeling weary today, but we are extremely thankful that we have the opportunity to experience this life as we choose for as long as we can.


  1. A great post expressing your honest feelings about workamping. It isn't all sugar and cream. We have experienced some highs and lows in our camp host position and plan to do a pro/con post when we are finished.

    We are learning and have found this first year has been mostly about learning. You are right...we are still trying to figure it out.

    I certainly hope your neighbors settle down a bit and the next group to come in respect others a little more.

    Take Care!
    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  2. all that glimmers is not gold... but your golden times should out number the others...

  3. Ugh ~ hang in there! Hopefully the folks renting the cabin next door will leave early and the next ones will cancel! One of the things that drives me nuts is inconsiderate and loud people at campgrounds. Thankfully that has only happened a couple of times.

    Sounds like you are getting some great experience under you belts. We need to do the same but the schedule hasn't worked out for us. Maybe next summer.

    Another great post! You write so well!

  4. OMG! I think we would be pulling my hair out by now!!!! Just remember they will be leaving soon and maybe things will return to normal. We really do appreciate you sharing your experiences with us. We will be doing some work on the road too.

    Stay Safe

  5. I always try to keep in mind that I can do just about anything for a month or two, and then it's on to another exciting chapter. As with my neighbors last week, this too shall pass! :)

    It's a great life out here.

  6. Dealing with people can just about always be trying. We own a small motel/bed and breakfast and I have felt exactly the same way as you... its always trying when you have to put up with difficult noisy people. ... but it also helps you appreciate those quiet peaceful days in between. When we sell the motel our goal is to be workcampers. We now have a motorhome that we use for off season get aways.. they are just too few and far between.
    Enjoy your blog.