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Catching Up… Again

And just like that, our second season as part of Amazon’s CamperForce has come to an end. We spent three months watching campers pull into the RV park as their start dates approached, and the last two days watching as almost everyone pulled back out again. There are a handful of campers still here, but not many. Some people chose to leave their RVs here while traveling for the holidays, others are just waiting until after the holidays to head out, and there are some who stayed on with Amazon to help with holiday returns and inventory.

Rob and I stayed on until mid-January last year but this year we decided to exit with the masses. We have been done working for a few days now but have chosen to stay put here in Kentucky until after Christmas. We are not due to arrive at our next destination until January 6, so we have some time to rest and recuperate as well as get Waldo ready to roll again. It is next to impossible to drive with a tree between the seats and stockings swinging in your face…

We have had a change of plans since I last updated you. Not too long ago I posted that we were headed down to Florida when we were finished here, but have since come upon an opportunity that fits us better. We will be driving to the Outer Banks in North Carolina to volunteer at a wildlife refuge until April. Well, Rob will be volunteering while I finish up the school year with the kids. I will probably find a small job on the side as well. The area seems amazing and will be nice and quiet since it is the off-season.

The only down side to not going all the way down to Florida, (besides not getting to add a new state to our state map) is that I will not be able to run the Disney World Marathon. This is probably a good thing since I have not had any time for running these past couple of months, but I was rather looking forward to running through all the parks and seeing Mickey Mouse and Pooh Bear along the way. The timing is just not right this year, but I know that we will make it down there one of these days. I will turn my focus now to the run my aunt and I are going to do together in May.

As for Amazon, we will most likely return at least one more year. They take really good care of us while we are here and the experience is a good one overall. The work itself is pretty tough on the body, especially as pickers. According to my pedometer, my longest night (which was a 12-hour shift) was 17.53 miles. On average, though, we walked about 12 miles in a 10-hour shift. So, if nothing else, we leave here a little tougher, a little stronger than we arrived. That is definitely not a bad thing.

I am still amazed at just how fast the season went. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that tomorrow is Christmas Eve. I am convinced that there must be some mistake, but my quarter-dozen giggling kiddos remind me that there is no mistake. No mistake at all…

5 thoughts on “Catching Up… Again

  1. You are so funny..the thought of driving along with decorations and a tree dangling in your ears really made me laugh.
    May I just add how much your writing has improved. When I look back to the very early days some of your description was a bit bland but now you are like a beautiful flower that has blossomed and bloomed…I thought that post was fantastic.
    We have heard on TV about Amazon working their workers to the limit and I have often thought of you doing that.
    I reckon that you ran your marathon doing 17.53 miles..that would be enough for anyone…mu goodness that was some going!
    Florida will still be there when you are ready to go. That is the great thing about the way you live..there are no hard and fast rules..you can live your life free of the restraints that the rest of us seem to find so necessary. Free as a bird!
    I do hope that you will all have a very Happy Christmas and I personally think that your kiddywinks should be absolutely thrilled to have such wise and wonderful parents that were and are, willing to take the risk to be different.
    So Happy Christmas and Happy New Year…..Drive with care and get where you are going wherever it may be. God Be with You
    lots of love Patrecia

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