Some of you might be wondering what I’m doing with all of my free time these days, only putting in 12-14 hours a week at Enchanted Rock. Seeing the sights around Texas? Exploring every inch of the park? Kicking back in my camp chair and reading in the sun?
Well, something like that.
While my Facebook page must have my friends convinced that I live an enchanted life (pun intended), full of frivolous activities, I’m actually doing a lot of work.
Cherie and Chris over at Technomadia wrote a post a few days ago about how the work/play balance is a tricky thing to master as a working-age RVer, a subject I’ve written about in the past myself. And this week, it couldn’t be more true.
When I arrived here in Texas I had four big things I needed to get done in addition to all of the fun-time adventuring I would like to do. I needed to release my e-guide, I needeed to line up a summer job, I needed to “move” to Texas, and I needed to do my taxes.
And progress is being made!
The e-guide is all written. It’s about 90% of the way through final edits. Yes, this project has been over two years in the making, and I can finally say, with no small satisfaction, that it’ll be out soon. Soooooon. And I can’t wait to share it with you all! More details to come.
And Wednesday (and part of Tuesday) I worked my butt off to get 13 applications with six different National Park concessionaires out for the summer season. Yesterday I interviewed with two of those companies in Wyoming, both went well. Today the third contacted me.
If you’re wondering what I mean when I say ‘concessionaire’, check out this post I wrote in 2013 about working in National Parks. I’m not going to bore you all with the details this time as I’ve explained it all in the past, except to say that a fair bit of thought (and math) needs to go into choosing which opportunity to go with as a budget-conscious traveler. The job with the highest hourly wage is not necessarily the highest paying, and many of these full-time hours but minimum wage summer positions barely earn enough to cover the cost of traveling to and living there.
On that note, I would like to send my sincerest thanks and gratitude to all of you who contribute to IO through PayPal donation, and do your Amazon shopping using my affiliate link. Because of your support, I can take opportunities in locations that I couldn’t afford if I didn’t have that extra income coming in. In 2013, I turned down an opportunity in Yellowstone because I estimated I would only be able to break even on the deal, where at the Badlands I’d be able to save $150 or so a month. This year, I’m going to be able to work at Yellowstone because of You, that really means a lot to me.
Where was I? Oh yes, being productive.
In between the applications Wednesday I also set up an appointment to get Cas’ water heater replace finally (yay!), and did a phone interview with a lady writing an article for Yahoo Travel about full-timers. She asked me about what my dating life is like as a single nomad, and I told her. I really hope that doesn’t come back to bite me in the you-know-what.
But! Now the pendulum has swung the other way, and it was time for a little of that relaxation that us RVers have such a reputation for. Today Julie and I drove down to Garner State Park to do some hiking and met up with someone from RVillage who is park hosting down there for the TPWD. It was a good day at Garner State Park, once I can get the pictures onto the computer I’ll be posting about it.
So whatever challenges have been presented to you this week, I hope you all find some time for a little R&R of your own this weekend. Like an RV, people also need to recharge their batteries now and then.