Tips for Visiting Badlands National Park

June 2, 2017 | 19

Longtime readers will know that I worked at Badlands National Park in the summer of 2013. Boondocking out here the past two weeks has been fun and I’ve gone into the park a couple times. Rather than write a travelogue about where I went and what I did, which would be repeating stuff from four…

CamperForce Earnings 2013

January 17, 2014 | 34

The numbers are in! Here’s how my CamperForce earnings stacked up this year. As many of you know, Amazon is one of the best paying RVer friendly jobs out there. But is worth the hard physical work, repetitive nature of the job, and long hours? I’ll give my numbers and you can be the judge.…

Blizzard Weekend

October 8, 2013 | 42

Friday Shortly before 9 pm, the TV stops working. I think it must be snow accumulation on the dish. When the last blog post went up at 5:30 precipitation had just turned to snow and it was pretty light, it got much heavier after sundown. The lights flicker for a third time as I sit…

How To Ride Out a Blizzard in a RV

October 4, 2013 | 40

Here’s the best advice I can think of: Either drive until you’re not in the path of one, or stay somewhere other than the RV for the duration. Right now I find myself not being able to take the former advice, and so I have taken the later. Still, even though I myself am currently…

Closed For Business

October 1, 2013 | 16

The questions at work started trickling in a few days ago, and by last night it was a flood: “Will you close if the government shuts down on Tuesday?” Normally I’m not one for following politics closely, but when it has such a direct impact on my next two weeks I pay attention. Cedar Pass…

Sunsets at the Badlands Inn

September 24, 2013 | 19

Last Wednesday was a moving day. I’m not sure how it works for other RVers, but for me, I never get anything productive done on a moving day except moving. It seems odd that the act of hitching and unhitching, which only spans about 45 minutes typically each way, can fill a full 12 hours…

Seasonal Jobs and Community

August 30, 2013 | 18

I’ve been noticing an interesting phenomenon here at Cedar Pass. As the season is winding down, students who were just here working during break are heading back to college, foreign workers who were here on visas will soon be returning home as their visa expiration draws near. Between this week and next week, we’re losing…

Circle 10 Campground, SD

August 12, 2013 | 7

That would be the campground I’ve been staying at while employed here in the Badlands. Like the Lodge, it’s owned by Forever Resorts, and this is where all the employee housing is for us out-of-state seasonal folks. But there are also tent and RV sites available for guests, so I thought it deserved a review.…

Figuring the Pay at Cedar Pass

August 8, 2013 | 33

How much money do you really make working with concessionaire companies who contract with the National Parks? Well I can’t speak for all of them, but I can share my experience with Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands. So far I have received 6 bi-weekly paychecks during my time here. For the first 5, I…

4 Tips for Balancing Work with Play While Traveling

July 23, 2013 | 18

Things have been going very well over here in the Badlands. I’m making a lot friends, visiting exciting new places on my days off, and exploring the natural beauty of the park around work. Even work is going well. I help fellow travelers not so different from myself find the best place to take sunset…

More Black Hills

July 19, 2013 | 8

This past weekend (Mon and Tues are my weekend) my parents drove over from Wisconsin and we went out to the Black Hills for a mini vacation. It was nice being able to spend more than just the day there then having to drive all the way back. It was also nice getting to see…

Enjoying Slow Travel

July 9, 2013 | 27

I get to hear a lot about people’s travel plans while working at the Lodge. Travelers visiting from all over the country, and even several from overseas. Some have RVs like me and are on vacation or retired. Some are road tripping in a vehicle and get nightly accommodations. While I’m waiting for their credit…

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