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A tree reaching up through Penitentiary Hollow

CamperForce Receive Dept. Job Descriptions

Four weeks of CamperForce are in the bag and six more remain. In the Receive department where I’m working here in Haslet, TX, everyone continues to be on 55 hours a week mandatory although for CamperForce that’s only 50 hours mandatory as we have to work that 5th day, but do not have to work […]

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"Thumbs up" for a minimum wage job that was enough to live on, don't think there are many sticks n bricks dwellers who could manage that

Answers About Full-timing

Happy Friday everyone! My first week of (more than) full-time hours is over and I’ve enjoyed a relaxing if rainy weekend puttering around the RV and not doing much of anything really, it’s been nice. Rainy weather kept me from getting out today like I’d hoped so there is no adventure to blog about, so […]

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A Plus RV Park, furthest of the Haslet campgrounds at 37 miles out

Haslet CamperForce Orientation

Yesterday was my first day of work, orientation day at the new Amazon fulfillment center in Haslet, TX, near Fort Worth. Actually this facility isn’t new per-say, but it is new to the CamperForce program this year. As always with my Amazon coverage, I’m going to focus on what’s different this fall from previous falls. […]

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Double rainbow over the employee complex

Making the Most of an Extended Work-camping Stay

Sometimes I get customers at my checkout line who think working at Yellowstone National Park must be about the neatest thing ever, but sometimes their comments are at the other end of the spectrum – how sad it must be to live in a park but have to work all the time. The truth is […]

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A boggy meadow along my route to work

Travel Blogging Part 2

A lot of people commented on the introductory Part 1 that they’d like to see more in depth information about blogging, so here it is! If you’re not interested in blogging, we’ll see you later in the week. 🙂 Picking a Niche When there are a lot of people blogging about the thing you want to […]

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OF visitor center through the trees on a stormy day

Three Ordinary Work Days

Today I’d like to share with you all the flip side of the coin, the side of full-time RVing as a person of working age that you don’t hear as much about. You read a lot about what my travel days are like, what my exploring days are like, but very seldom do I post […]

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A stray photo of Sawmill geyser that didn't make the cut for the last post

An Introduction to Travel Blogging

A while back I wrote an introductory article about travel photography, and some time after that it occurred to me that I’d never done something similar for blogging. I get questions often enough from readers wondering how I started IO, so for those who are interested, here’s my advice. Setting up First off, let me […]

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My office view of Old Faithful, it's pretty grand!

Working for a Nonprofit Park Association

Most people who visit national parks never realize that the anyone other than National Park Service employees might be serving them. The truth is, while the NPS man the entrance booths, staff the ranger desks, and hold interpretive programs and talks, most other services inside the park are not provided directly by the government. Just […]

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Hiding in my parent's yard

What About Retirement?

Yesterday a reader asked me a really good question, something I’ve touched on before but never fully explained. Since I’m not making enough money to build up a nest egg, or holding one job long enough to acquire a pension, what do I plan to do for retirement? The answer is this: I intend to […]

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A Revised Look At My Costs as a Full-timer

The most recent version of this post may be found here, and includes all data through 2016. Here you go prospective full-timers, a chart of my adjusted gross income and cost of living by year from 2011 to 2014. The income numbers were pulled from my tax documents, the living costs are something I keep […]

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Julie examines the caboose on display in Llano, TX.

Three Calls from Wyoming

Some of you might be wondering what I’m doing with all of my free time these days, only putting in 12-14 hours a week at Enchanted Rock. Seeing the sights around Texas? Exploring every inch of the park? Kicking back in my camp chair and reading in the sun? Well, something like that. While my […]

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Lot of interpretive talks here are about these little guys.  Fairy Shrimp only live in granite vernal pools.  They live at the top of the rock in puddles!

Park Hosting for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Onto week three of Park Hosting here at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. I’m continuing to have a good time and now feel confident in calling this camp hosting experiment a success. For the curious wondering what it’s like volunteering for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), I present this little post that explains […]

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