It never ceases to amaze me how fast time goes, especially when you aren’t paying attention. It seems like just yesterday we were anxious to set out from Great Falls and head for Kentucky, our first stop as full-time RVers. Now here we are, almost four months later, and our time in Kentucky is almost up.
Our job as part of Amazon’s CamperForce is coming to an end. Peak season is ending next week, and then we will set off once again. The only difference this time is that we still do not know which way we will go. There are so many options and we have yet to narrow it down. I suppose with only a week and a half to go, we might want to get on that.
There is a chance that we will be able to stay on with Amazon through January, but we have not heard for certain yet. There are many more people wanting to stay than positions available. We should know tonight, hopefully, whether we will call this campground home for another month. If that is the case, we have a little more time to figure out our next destination. If that is not the case, then we have a lot of work to do.
A family of five can really spread out when stationary for four months. Things will have to be stowed for travel again, Cricket the Canoe will have to be loaded back up on top of the van, the boxes of donate items will have to be dropped off.
I admit that I am a little anxious. I am a lover of what comes next. I have a wandering soul, and she sings when we are heading somewhere new. There is so much in this great Nation to see, and I want to see it all. I am greedy that way. If we end up staying here a little longer, then we will have more time to plan and to fatten up our wallet. If we go… well, if we go, then the possibilities are endless.
Amazon has been a really good first stop for us. We have worked harder perhaps than we ever had before, but they have treated us well and have taken good care of us. We are planning on coming back again next year, though perhaps not to the same location. But that will depend on where we plan to be come next fall. Rob and I are both in better shape as well as a few pounds lighter. Walking an average of 11 or so miles a night will do that to you. Neither one of us are complaining, though.
With all the noise and sensory overload that takes place on a regular basis, we are definitely ready for a little time off. We are thinking perhaps a nice Forest Service campground for a few weeks might be just what the doctor ordered. Quiet. Peaceful. There shouldn’t be too many campers this time of year, so hopefully the kids will be able to run wild a little bit. Or a lot. They truly are cavekids at heart. Nothing beats watching them collapse at the end of the day, exhausted from play and covered in dirt.
After a life of knowing exactly what to expect each day – what time to be to work, what time to have the kids to school, what time to get up in the morning – it is somewhat liberating not knowing what comes next. The ability to choose. (Scary, but) Priceless.
Update: On December 23, our season with Amazon will end. Time to get busy…