The past two weeks have been interesting, frustrating, tiring, exhausting, profitable, different, and hot. Did I say hot? It has been incredibly hot with some days running up to 106 degrees. Two issues that make the weather so unbearable are, no air conditioning in the car, and the campground has a “wannabe 30 amp service. We found that even running just one of the two AC units could trip the park’s breaker. We came home one day to find the breaker had tripped and the dogs were in the rig with an inside temp of 105!
But that’s not the point to the story. Air Photo takes pictures of exceptional homes on small acreage and then send them to workampers like us to show to the homeowner. About one in five will purchase, and that generates enough extra money to bolster our coffers. It also gets us out of the house and taking to people, although not the usual conversations I have with folks I meet on the road.
As I travel from home to home I also have conversations with the many dogs and cats at each home. Now that upsets Loni because she thinks the animals aren’t going to write a check for the framed and matted photos, and I’m wasting time. Maybe she’s right, but you can never tell!
Part of the story is the “Resort” we were staying in for that first two weeks. I’m not sure what qualifies it as a resort. It doesn’t come up to the Motel Six level of resort. They boast WiFi, but you can only get it at the office and a few feet away from the office, and then only after buying it by the hour, day, or week. They boast 50 amp service, but again that is only available in the office area and is only at sites within 50-75 feet from busy state highway 128. No fence or protection from the highway, just noise from belly dumps rumbling past. The adult lodge is somewhat like two motel rooms with the adjoining wall knocked out. And on and on. Basically it is a old rundown park in need of maintenance and upgrades. So why stay there? We bought into the membership park because it was cheap and we could get Coast Resorts membership (a very good thing) through the park. When you come home from a hot day in the field and your home is about 85-90 inside (remember one AC -not two) the whole experience goes downhill.
On the up side, we made about $500 while there and saw some folks that have been there before when we were there. Fortunately we left before the fourth of July crowd descended upon the over taxed electric and water systems. Hurray!
Now we are ensconced in another membership park where we can run both AC units (we have 50 amp shore power!), the microwave, our hot water heater, and any other electronic device we want to without fear of tripping the park’s breakers. Still working for Air Photo out of Everett WA, but feeling much better about the home comfort issue.
So, what did we learn? Check out the weather forecast and make adjustments as necessary. Look at the annual weather history too. Be ready for electrical and water issues in some of the parks. Call and ask! They will probably tell you. Find shade in the summer and sun in the winter. Enjoy what you do as a workamper if that is what you chose to do. Workamping is something we will do for two or three months a year, the rest of the time we are doing whatever we want.
I still have my hypnosis and coaching practice, but since that is a very controlled situation, I like to do other thing too. I need to be on the phone to do that work, and there was no phone, TV, Internet service at the campground so I had to drive about 9 miles one way to make business calls. Sometimes that isn’t a big deal, but I had clients I needed to keep in contact with, so it became a big deal.
Not a very interesting blog, but for those who travel and work there may be a nugget you can mine. Here is the big one – Air Photo is a top notch company that under promises and over delivers. Call them, ask for Jon Sanders and tell him I referred you. If he hangs up on you call back and don’t tell him I referred you.
Here is their website address: Air Photo