Military duty ended with Tim’s retirement in 2013. Service to others did not. And that is how we ended up scrubbing a lot of public toilets this season, even though it definitely wasn’t on our list. Semper Gumby!
As mentioned, we’ve served as park hosts here before, early in 2018, and although some of the maintenance team at Kerrville-Schreiner Park has changed since then, our reputation as reliable workers has endured. There was a need, we were here, they asked, we said yes.
Last year, we worked mainly on what can best be described as special projects, and only cleaned restrooms occasionally. This year? The opposite of that.
And that’s OK — not a favorite, but also not unreasonable. And like last year, we are compensated by getting to live rent-free in a site with full hook-ups for the duration.
It hasn’t all been swabbing decks, though. We also empty trash.
Oh, and Tim has done a fair amount of assisting with grass cutting and tree trimming — between hail and thunder storms, that is. It’s been a rather violent springtime.
Some things at the park haven’t changed: we’re still visited by the resident deer and feral cats, and since we got our start a little later this year, we were here for Texas wildflower season, and the bluebonnets were stunning.
Our workamping gigs have become not just a source of income/savings for us, but a valuable and rewarding part of our RVing adventure. Heck, even though we won’t repeat working for Amazon, we consider it an experience worth the time and effort we put into it.
I wrote a (paid!) post for Escapees about how and why we take on jobs like this from time to time, and we’ve in fact signed up for another while doing our thing here in Kerrville.
This fall, we’re taking on seasonal positions that are entirely new and different for us, and we’ll be compensated with both a wage and an RV site.
In San Diego.
Stay tuned, my friends. All will be revealed. We’ve got a few thousand miles to go before then!
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We always spend November and December at Santee Lakes in San Diego county. We’d love to hook up if possible. We’ll miss you at the Heartland National Rally this year.
We’d certainly love to see y’all again, Sue. Should be there until at least mid-November, so it could happen!
Great, well-written post and looking forward to hearing more about your San Diego gig!
Thanks, Betsy! I loved reading about your seasonal jobs with Jackson-Hewitt, and we’ve stored that in the back of our minds for future consideration. Tim’s great with numbers, taxes, and accounting, so it would be a good fit for him. I can do simple bookkeeping, but would probably be better at standing out front spinning a sign. Ha!