It’s getting to be that time of year again. This past weekend the heat wave finally broke in the Badlands and while highs are still in the upper 70’s and low 80’s, the air definitely holds the feel of early fall now.
With the change in season has come an influx in e-mails asking about Amazon’s CamperForce, folks new to IO who weren’t around to read the extensive reports I made last year. For those who are wondering, yes, I am going back to Coffeyville, KS to work at Amazon this fall, although I’ll be a good three weeks later this year since Cedar Pass Lodge doesn’t close until October 15th.
In light of the upcoming season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Amazon?) I’ve gathered all of the posts I wrote last year about CamperForce into one tidy area for the viewing pleasure of all of you who are going this year for the first time, or have been seeing Amazon’s ads plastered all over the places we work campers look for jobs and have been contemplating it.
These are all in chronological order, from beginning to end of season:
- About Amazon’s CamperForce – If you don’t have time to view any of the others and are just looking for the facts, look at this one. It has job duties listed, how many campgrounds at each site, pay and benefits for all three sites (Kentucky, Kansas, Nevada), and climate information for all three sites by month including precipitation.
- CamperForce: What to Expect the First Few Days
- Two Weeks Into CamperForce
- Peak Kick-Off at Amazon
- Adventures in Cooking and Amazon Update
- Figuring the Pay at Amazon
- Final CamperForce Review
If any of you awesome folks are going to be at Coffeyville in the upcoming months, pray do tell! Last year there were a couple RVers I knew from online there and it was nice that not everyone was a stranger. I’m going to be at Big Chief RV right across the road from Amazon, not a scenic park but when your goal is making money it’s nice to not have all that commute time eating up your day.
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On another note, tomorrow marks my one year anniversary as a full-timer! I’d been living in Cas since April 27th of last year, but I didn’t start traveling until September 14th. One year ago tomorrow I hitched Bertha and Cas together and left Stoney Crest Plantation for the last time, my first stop was Indian Springs State Park in GA. It was a crazy day that I’ll never forget. Those of you were weren’t reading IO yet at that time can still go back and relive the magic, because I captured the day on video and it’s up on my Video tab at the top of the site.
And speaking of videos, I’m slowly working on getting more of them up. Being on slow public WiFi and the videos being in HD it’s a process. Once I get the next set put together in a playlist it’ll join the others up on the Video tab and I’ll make an announcement.
Looking back at the past year, I can say that the first 6 months definitely had some rough spots and complications that I hadn’t anticipated. They mostly centered around learning how re-define community and take care of my social needs in this vastly different environment, and realizing that finding paying work camping gigs in the winter is much more challenging and it’s best to start looking early. I occasionally wondered those first 6 months if I’d made a mistake because at times I was unhappy and doubting myself, but I’m glad I stuck with it because the second 6 months things improved significantly.
I guess the moral of the story is this: While we all hope that all of our problems will melt away once we finally hit the road as a full-timer, there is going to be an adjustment period and it might not be pretty. It’s up to you to decide if the hurdles you encounter are worth jumping over, or if your dream should take on a new shape, one that doesn’t involve a RV. There is no right or wrong answer, but for those who are willing to work for their life of freedom on the road, it’s there for the taking.