Living the full-time RV lifestyle requires a lot of advance planning in order to keep things rolling smoothly. Obtaining jobs is also very important for us so we are constantly on the lookout for possible future positions and locations. We are able to enjoy a few months without work, usually around the first of the year when most seasonal and holiday jobs are complete, but the rest of the year we need to have pretty steady income.
Our time here on the Outer Banks is quickly coming to a close and soon we will find ourselves on the road up to Pennsylvania for the summer. We are planning a few days in Washington DC on the way north. There are several Smithsonian museums as well as the National Zoo that we would like to visit, not to mention all the National Memorials and Monuments. It will be an excellent lesson in American History.
Rob’s position with the NPS will go through the end of September, so we decided to apply for the beet harvest in North Dakota for October. It will be something completely different to add to our experiences, not to mention new states on our map. We have also applied for Amazon CamperForce once again, but this year we will be at the Kansas location instead of in Kentucky. It will be a closer trip from North Dakota, another new state on our map and it will put us right in the heart of our beautiful country. Our season with Amazon will be shorter, only about seven weeks this year. We may opt to stay on in January if the option is available, but we won’t know that until we get there.
I am hoping that we will be able to visit the southwest this time next year. I really want to take the kids to Four Corners and they have never seen the desert, so that will be an experience in itself. Albuquerque is also on my list. I spent a few years there as a kid and would love to refresh some memories and put some pictures to names I have in my head. I have an old friend in Texas I would love to visit and Rob has a friend in Colorado he has not seen in several years, so we could easily spend a month or two in the area, just visiting and doing the tourist thing.
Next summer our hope is to work up in Alaska. We had originally planned it for two years down the road, but we have been talking about it a lot these last few months and we would really like to move it up a year. There are a lot of jobs to choose from in the summer so work should not be too difficult to come by. Rob has a good friend up there who would love to see him and all the kids, both his and ours, would have a wonderful time together.
If all goes according to plan, we will have seen 11 new states by the end of this year. That’s 11 new stickers on our map and 11 more squeals as we cross state lines. We have to remain flexible, though, so everything is subject to change as needed. But as of now, this is what our schedule looks like for the rest of this year and into the next.
For now, we are enjoying the rest of our time here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Everyone loves the beach and we are trying to spend as much time out there as we possibly can, weather permitting, of course.