Friday, June 27, 2014

6/27/14 Goodbye. Hello. Goodbye????

(Damascus, VA)

JT & Myra were on the road a little after seven this morning.  Destination….Florida.  They have a home they are selling and they have to clean it out and sell a few things before their next adventure.  They’ll be heading to Texas to become oil field gate attendants for a couple of months.

A workamper can make up to $7500 a month doing this job.  We would consider doing this for no more than 60-90 days if we were going to Alaska again.  It’s a 24/7 job and you may be in a remote area for a part of that time, but darn, the money is good.

We’ve got a busy weekend coming up.  Summer is in full swing now and lots of people are camping on weekends.  We get a lot of campers due to our location being so near the Virginia Creeper Trail.

When I arrived at the gatehouse at ten, Edie already had a line and these weren’t the first campers to arrive.

After she brought the paperwork up to date and had her money straight we had a chance to chat.

I was, but wasn’t really, a bit surprised to hear that newcomers, Al and Diane, are leaving on Sunday.

At the party last night the conversation had turned to mice and snakes and I don’t think Diane could handle the thought of any of those things.  She is definitely a city girl.  (Now don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not into snakes and mice either, I’m much more afraid of spiders.  And we don’t have mice,,,,knock on wood and other than the little snake Bob found in the woodpile, they aren’t a problem either.)  In fact, Bob and I made bets on the way home as to how long they would stay.  I gave them two weeks so that is where my surprise came from that in fact they are only here a week.  She did in one conversation say that they wanted to build a home.  Not everyone is cut out for this lifestyle.

Poor Edie had just finished the monumental task of making up a whole new schedule with Myra off of it, Diane on and adding Amanda who arrives on the 1st.  Everyone’s days off had changed and now it all has to be re-done.

I hope Amanda sticks around when she gets here!


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