An Autumn Walk

November 2, 2013 | 19

I always get a bit excited when I notice the season changing. Being someone who enjoys new experiences, new views, learning new things, and meeting new people, I also enjoy the newness that comes from the passing of the guard from one season to the next. For me it’s a reminder than things are always…

CamperForce Changes

October 26, 2013 | 22

So, the lowdown on CamperForce this year. As my older readers know, this is my second peak season here at Coffeyville, KS in Amazon’s CamperForce program. For those of you who weren’t reading IO last year at this time, I did a little compilation post about six weeks ago that had links to essentially every…

Elk City State Park, KS

October 22, 2013 | 20

Elk City State Park sits on 857 acres of land on the wesst side of Elk Lake, just west of Independence. It has 150 sites among four small campgrounds, 85 of which have electric and water hookups and 11 of which have sewer as well. About 30% of the sites may be reserved in advance,…

Clinton State Park, KS

October 18, 2013 | 36

Clinton State Park, sometimes also called Clinton Lake State Park, is located just east of Topeka, Kansas. The park sits on 1,500 acres of land along the north side of Clinton reservoir, and has a varied landscape of open fields and hardwood forests. There are 23 miles of trails to hike and bike on, and…

Escaping Winter

October 15, 2013 | 19

My last sunset at the Badlands is nothing short of amazing. It’s just the right mixture of clouds and clear to make for dramatic shapes and interesting colors. Everything I can pack up is packed, so there’s nothing else to do but walk the grounds I have called home for the past almost six months…

Amazon Season and One Year Nomadiversary

September 13, 2013 | 41

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…

RVing and Taxes

February 25, 2013 | 20

Ahh February. The month of my birthday (which was actually last Friday). The last real month of winter. Lots of nice things happen in February, but one rather unpleasant thing does as well, taxes. Last year when it became clear that I would be buying the RV in 2012 after all, I briefly poked online…

The Speeding Ticket

February 17, 2013 | 22

Not that long ago I wrote about how important it was for full-timers who workcamp to follow traffic laws compared to other folks, because if you get pulled over for something like speeding it gives the police officer the chance to ask you why you’re in their state but have your driver’s license and vehicles…

Final CamperForce Review

January 8, 2013 | 31

The dust has finally settled from Amazon’s CamperForce, with my last check having been deposited on the 4th. You know what this means, final review time. First and perhaps most importantly, the money. The Money: Total made (in 11 weeks and 2 days): $4617.81 First paycheck (2 half days for orientation): $72 Average of 2nd…

Caroling Through the Snow

December 20, 2012 | 22

Yesterday’s unexpected overtime has left me with less time that I planned on having to get Cas ready to roll on Saturday. It’s an interesting logistical equation. I’m not going to be living in Cas for the 2-ish weeks I’m up in Wisconsin, due to the climate. This means I needed to get Cas winterized,…

The Places You’ll Go

December 17, 2012 | 18

It looks as though 8th shift won’t be having overtime this week and my last day will be Friday night, meaning I’ll be leaving Coffeyville once I wake up on Saturday. This gives me more time to make it to Wisconsin before Christmas, woohoo! But since I had overtime this past Saturday, that only left…

The Dream Job

December 13, 2012 | 32

Back when I was working at Best Buy, I once had my supervisor come up and ask if I was okay with covering a co-worker’s shift that would put me into overtime. I said I was, and he smiled and said given the chance he’d work overtime too, because he loves extra money, and he…

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