I know, it's been awhile. With winter here and our recent move to the coast, we haven't done any camping. That doesn't mean we haven't been busy though!
Since moving to Fort Bragg, we have become very active in our church, Evergreen Community United Methodist Church. In fact, I am a new Lay Leader and have become too busy to keep up on all things RVing.
I have also begun developing a series of programming for our local PEG Access channel for our community. You will be able to see our shows at www.fortbraggtv.org very soon, I hope.
So, sadly, my friends, I have decided to discontinue this website and blog to concentrate on these new endeavors. However, I will maintain the Facebook page and email address, as I will still be able to hook you up with workamping opportunities!
I know. It's been awhile since my last posting. That's because a lot of changes have been taking place since then. The wife and I have now sold our home in Patterson, CA and have relocated to Fort Bragg on the North Coast in Mendocino County.
We thought the house would sell by mid-July, but we ran into trouble finding an eligible buyer after our first buyer backed out. After finding the right house for us that had everything we wanted, we put an offer down and, once it was accepted, we moved onto the property in our travel trailer while our houses went through the various steps of closing. The sellers of the house we were purchasing were nice enough to let us rent the garage for storage and use the FHUs next to it while we closed. So far so good, right?!? The trouble began when our second buyer hit several snags and we had to back out of their offer. Fortunately, buyer #3 was solid and had a cash offer.
Then in the beginning of October, we took a walk to the dog park with our 3 dogs. While there, another dog bumped into my wife. Have you ever noticed how dog parks tend to have a lot of divots in the grass? Well, my wife's foot stayed in the divot, while her body went elsewhere leaving her with two broken bones in her right leg and ankle. That's when we discovered that Fort Bragg has a great little county hospital and ambulance service! Her surgeon did excellent work and she is recovering nicely. And we now have a new doctor here in town as well!
Long story short, we are now homeowners in beautiful Fort Bragg! We have 1/3 of an acre for the dogs and a FHU for any visitors with RVs and a great house too!!!
My journey continues. On a recent one-week camping vacation in Fort Bragg, CA, my wife and I decided it was time for me to retire from my business - Barbosa Video Services - so that we could do more traveling and so we could sell our house in the Central Valley and buy property in the coastal town of Fort Bragg.
It was easy to convince me because I have been bored with my current work and really enjoy traveling in the RV. Also because we were leaving the coastal weather of 66 degrees and heading home to 100 degrees. Don't get me wrong, we love the City of Patterson, but my wife has problems with the heat during the summer months.
Fort Bragg is in Mendocino County. Its population is around 7,500 people with amenities like a satellite community college campus, senior center, public indoor swimming facilities, a botanical garden, shops, restaurants and, of course, beaches and mountains nearby!
So, if you are interested in purchasing a very nice house in the Central Valley about 2-hours from San Francisco, Santa Cruz/Monterey, Fresno, Sacramento and just a little longer to Yosemite, check out our listing - it'll go quickly.
I have only been RVing for a couple of years, but while creating my "Gear for your RV" page which features items that I have used during this period, I realized just how much extra stuff one needs to aid in the RVing experience! Granted, some of the gear I have is optional, but a lot of it is not.
For instance, everyone needs toilet paper and a hose for their black tanks. If you don't want your system to smell, you will need deodorizers and digesters! However, unless you have auto-levelers for your RV, you will need leveling blocks.
Today, I want to share the Seven Items That You Don't Need, but you won't regret having once you get them.
I am semi-retired. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I am 59 and have a flexible work schedule - so I think I am semi-retired.
I have been a videographer my entire professional life. That's 33 years of videoing businesses, teachers, children, weddings (yuck), recitals and more. So, I am ready for a change. I'm thinking its time to look at workamping my way throughout America providing services and products to my clients as I take time to visit the nation's beauty and find new friends along the way!
I realize this is a romanticized view of workamping, so I would appreciate those of you who are workampers in slapping me with some reality! What are the pros and cons of workamping? Share your comments with me and other dreamers below...
When you first purchased your RV you were probably thinking about the camping and vacationing that you would be doing in it. Am I right? But, did you know that for most RVers the majority of the time their RV sits in the driveway or in storage? Sad, innit? These vehicles were made for YOUR recreation, yet most of the time they go unused! Fortunately, there are some options!
Here is my favorite - working while living in your RV and traveling the country. There are many jobs available either part-time or full-time that give you the opportunity to live in a variety of locations. Sure, a lot of these jobs are in campgrounds doing maintenance, check in and out of guests and cleaning bathrooms, but that's only if you think within the box. Let's look beyond that!
Did you know that Amazon (yes, the dot com giant) hires an Amazon Camperforce every year to work in their warehouses? They have warehouses all over the US.
Warehousing not your cup of tea? How about working at an amusement park like Adventureland Park or Dollywood? Or maybe you prefer farming. Then you may want to consider working during the Sugar Beet harvest season in the receiving stations of Easter North Dakota and Western Minnesota.
Perhaps working for a winery or brewing company in the Black Hills of South Dakota is your cup of - um, beer?! These are just a few of the jobs available to workampers that don't take place in an RV park, yet provides you the opportunity to live more freely. You can work and live in the northern part of the country during summers and in the southern part during the winters.
Now, consider this! There are millions of RVers out there who need knowledgeable people to maintain their RVs. If you are handy at repairing your RV, then there is a business opportunity for you! If you'd like to become knowledgeable about maintaining your RV (or other peoples RVs) then be sure to visit our RVing Network page!
What are some of the jobs you've had, while living the RVing lifestyle? Please share them in the comments sections so that those who are dreaming can see what's available.
Okay, I need to confess something right off the bat! Currently, I am what is called a "Dreamer" in the Workamper environment. That is to say I am dreaming of leaving the day to day average mode of living in the US of A where one gets up, leaves the house to go to work and then returns at the end of the day, five or maybe six times a week. I'm actually luckier than most because I own my own business and work from home which let's me set my own schedule for the most part. Many of my neighbors have a 2-hour commute each way to their jobs - so it's hard for me to complain!
But, still, I dream of getting in my travel trailer with my wife and dogs and heading out on the highways and byways of our great country to see its diverse, natural beauty while making new friends in a variety of work environments!
There - I said it! Although I do not currently make my living as a Workamper, I hear the call of the wild, so to speak (after all, I still want the creature comforts that an RV can give you), and hope to become a Workamper some day - sooner than later! If you are new to RVing, than you may be wondering what the term "workamper" means?! Workamper is a trademark of Workamper News and the term refers to anyone who makes a living while living in a recreational vehicle (RV). Many people think it refers to people who work in campgrounds. Well, they're wrong!!! I've met a variety of people who have given up on paying a big home mortgage and have gone to living in their RV in order to save money and/or get some traveling in as well.
As a RVing Lifestyle Ambassador, I am here to help you turn your dream into reality! To help you get over the fear stage, which comes from making a major change in your life, through research and planning. So, ask me questions about the services offered through Workamper News. If I don't know the answer, there are others who do! You'll find that RVers are a friendly group of people.
So, let's journey together and let the road trips begin!!!