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Friday, July 30 – What’s Happening?

We are still here just in case you thought we might have fallen off the face of the earth.

We are both on the mend from a summer cold. Seems like it spread like wildfire to all the work campers. All colds are a pain but for some reason summer colds seem the worst. But the worst is over and we are feeling better, except for the coughing.

We had another work camping couple leave. They were not too happy working here.…go figure. That makes 2 couples and 2 individuals along with a bunch of locals that have quit this year. Last year we only had 1 couple quit. Conditions have not been what was expected.

I have even thought of leaving but not because of the work, because of the poor electricity. The voltage here is horrendous when there is a large demand. We have a Progressive Industries electrical management system which shuts off the power to the rig if the voltage spikes above 132 volts or falls below 103 volts. At times the voltage is so bad it shuts down for hours and of course that happens when it is very hot and humid. Sometimes it is just sporadic for shorter periods, but we have had the power off as long as 6 hours.

When you take the power situation along with the other problems we have had and add the promises management made last year when they said we would have to stay at Lake George SV instead of LGE that were not met or took many months after we arrived before they were full filled and temper that with managements lack of concern and well…….I won’t say more. There is a reason we have wheels on our home and we are not sure we will see New York in our working future.

Last week, we along with Linda and Bob and Joann and Jim went to the Ridge Terrace Inn to celebrate Joann’s birthday.




Very nice restaurant though a bit pricey. Everyone had a great meal and a great time. Rachel Ray was just here last week when she came to town. That was about all we did on our days off. Ginger’s cold had just started so we hung out at the trailer.

On Tuesday we helped Noreen celebrate her birthday with a cook-out gathering. Here are some pictures from that.






This week I had to work on Thursday so I only had one day off and I that spent getting some maintenance done on the truck. Ginger spent her time off cleaning, grocery shopping, and cooking. She did manage to find a little time for some girly things like a manicure and pedicure. I cannot understand how anyone would subject themselves to something as painful as a pedicure. Had one once…never again.

I have been looking for a work camping gig for the winter. We only want to work for a site only, not a lot of hours and only from Jan-April and in the southwest. Sounds like we are a little picky but after this summer we do not want to work too hard for a while. We did get a job offer for a Cal-Am resort in Mesa AZ. Only 25 hours per week for site and utilities at a very large resort. This place looks every bit as nice as Llano Grande only larger. I probably would be the only one to work and the job would be in food service.

There are quite a few different food service jobs available from bar tending to setting up for special events to food prep to driving the delivery truck. I have pretty much done all of the jobs at one time or another and only working 25 hours a week for 3 months, well I could do that standing on my head.

Not that we are anxious but with only 40 days to go we are really looking forward to doing some traveling, visiting, and relaxing.

Until next time…be safe. Jesse


Happytrails said...

Hi guys..sounds like a hard gig you all have had this summer. There must be something about management not caring. We are finding that with the park rangers here in the state campground.

Anyway...check out the NWR system. They are great folks to work with and it is a site only job. The hours from each NWR vary but we worked 16 hours each at Hagerman NWR when we were there. We could work the same hours so we were off at the same time. Good luck!!

Mike & Gerri

Tom and Marci said...

Too bad you're not liking your work kamping job too much . . . well, at least it's just a job and not a career . . . and you don't have to return next year!

Enjoy the rest of the summer! We've had some really nice camping trips this year, including catching up with H & L at Thunder Bay. No bites on our house yet, but we're keeping our hopes up!

Tom, Marci & the boys

Rod Ivers said...

Jesse, Loyce and I have made reservations at Valle del Oro in Mesa for the winter season. It is everything that Llano Grande is and much more. I know there are numerous Cal Am parks, but we think VDO outshines all the others. This will be our first year so we may be surprised, but so far I don't think so. We have spent the last two years in Mesa, and it has been a wonderful place to winter. Your mileage may vary so decide carefully.

Darrell said...

I'm sure glad we didn't decide to return this year, however, we'll be stopping by for a visit in a couple of weeks. Hang in there, your next gig will be a lot better.

Unknown said...

Bob agrees with your feelings about a pedicure! He had one once - never again he says. You guys! We're leaving CO tomorrow heading east.

Bob and Lynda

Susan and Sam said...

We enjoy reading your blog...hope you are feeling better. We are also counting the weeks til we leave this position and have some free time to travel around. Hand in there...40 days will pass fast. We have 9 weeks!