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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Why We Do What We Do

Amazon nights and cold days....pretty much the sum of our experiences right now. It doesn't sound very exciting, and truly, its not. We have many friends now that we meet up with here in Campbellsville, but unless they are on the same shift as you, there is not too many chances to actually meet up and chat for awhile. We pass in the hallways, campground roads and maybe Krogers or a restaurant, but its sort of a quick "how you doing?" and off you go. Like the rest of the country, its also very cold and dreary for this time of year here. Nights are already going down into the teens and twenties, and it is currently raining to beat the band and turning to snow later. Yes, the life of a workamping full-timer is always sunshine and roses, isn't it?

I was thinking about this the other night, as I was packing away (its not rocket science, you do find your mind wandering!) and thinking I really need to update the blog, but what should I write about? There are plenty of others blogging about the daily experience of working for Amazon as a seasonal temp, I don't really feel the need....although if anyone ever wants to reach out and ask for our experiences and help we are always willing to lend that helping hand...we have several new friends that have reached out to us about Amazon and are now in their second or third seasons of working. So, I was thinking ok, I'm pretty tired tonight, and why did I give up my secure life, business, home, social network, to come out and live in a 320 square foot RV, working various jobs that include this pretty tough warehouse job? Well, I kind of thought I would let some of my pictures from the last four years explain why :-)

Bears in the Smoky Mountains National Park

Hiking and boating on the Au Sable River in Michigan

Dune buggy riding on the sand dunes of Silver Lake Michigan

Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada

Watkins Glen New York

Three Sisters Springs, kayaking with the manatees, Crystal River Florida

Geocaching with friends in Nathrop Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Jeeping over Imogene Pass, Ouray Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado

The Badlands National Park South Dakota

Cumberland Falls State Park Kentucky

Kayaking the Silver River, Ocala Florida

Sponge fishing boats Tarpon Springs, Florida

Fishing villages in Maine

Hiking the carriage roads of Acadia National Park

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Camaraderie at Amazon 2013

Family fun at Walt Disney World

French Quarter, New Orleans

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Arches National Park, Utah

Island in the Sky section Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

Geysers at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Kayaking on Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming

Driving the Beartooth Pass, Montana

Hiking and kayaking Grand Tetons National Park

Fly fishing the Snake River, Wyoming

Ok, I guess I found enough reasons to keep on looking around the next bend in the road!


  1. What great memories and special moments you have shared together. So knuckle down and get back to work. The extra cash is piling up in your pocket to help fund another great adventure.

  2. Lovely photo memories - like a big spoon full of medicine - to get u over the hump LOL

  3. Great post and beautiful reasons to stay on the road. Although full-timers know why we do it, there are others that will never understand our life.

  4. Exactly :) The full time life isn't all mountain passes and sunny beaches. This time at Amazon, though rough, is all about the light at the end of the tunnel. Sorry we aren't able to socialize much with you guys on night shift :(

  5. I love this post! It says it all.

  6. Great pics! I, too, enjoy looking back at pictures we have taken over the years. It really keeps things in perspective. We're in the Florida panhandle, and it's raining down here too. Going to get cold, but at least there will be no snow. Stay warm!

  7. Very good reasons, but you still won't find me at Amazon! ;)

  8. Yep, you have captured the essence of this lifestyle... Making Memories!!! Sometimes the memories aren't the greatest, but you sure have a stack of wonderful memories :o)) The Ups and Downs all create your own special Journey!!!

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  10. You live an adventure filled life, and I don't think anyone would question why, although, I appreciate you sharing your reasons with us. Anyway, your post definitely has me thinking about getting an RV as well, and just head off to an adventure on different parts of the world. Hahaha! Thanks for sharing that. All the best! :)

    Cristina Hamilton @ Mount Comfort RV

  11. Excellent post! Great pictures, too!

  12. :) love it!!! Jodi

  13. Life is about experiences, not things. You have only scratched the surface on what you will be experiencing. Enjoy!

  14. Yep that is a big part of it for sure. The other part is meeting the people you never would have met and making a few lasting friendships along the way. It is really cool to get caught up after months or years have passed and realizing you do have some real connections 'out there'. Amazing that you will be rolling out of there so soon. I'm sure that from your perspective another 6 weeks seems like forever! Enjoy the upcoming holiday and keep posting. Always a good read.

  15. Well that message is pretty clear! You've squeezed in a lot of travel so far! Hope you survive Amazon this year.

  16. That was just beautiful! It refueled me this morning, as Neil goes off to work on this cold morning in PA! Our adventures have barely started! Thank you for taking the time to share...

  17. Great post! Some day soon I hope!

  18. Great pictures and wonderful post! If anyone was unsure about leading this kind of lifestyle, this post would convince them otherwise! Cheers - Ellen