From There And There and There To Now And Now And Now (#682)

So here I am at the end of January, 2018.  The past few months, I have been mostly silent on this blog.  It has been a time of introspection.  Mostly due to the 10th anniversary of my nomad lifestyle of living in a tiny home on wheels and traveling hither and yon around the country.

Through it all I have enjoyed intermittent bouts of retirement and long periods of fascination with various work camping jobs.  Over my 10 year adventure I have worked at well over 30 jobs.  Some of those have been places I have eagerly returned to several times.

My plans for 2017 did not coincide with what actually happened in 2017.  Yet I enjoyed everything that did happen and am grateful to that higher power that guides and protects and strengthens me and brings me great joy.

In 2017 I traveled to and worked at six different jobs; two of those were volunteer positions at federal and state parks where I traded work for my campsite.  All the jobs involved working intensely and delightfully with the public in the Tourism and Hospitality industry.

I spent January in the cold reaches of Arctic Ohio with family and despite the love and warmth of hearth and home, I longed for my nomad life and warmer climes.

February and March, I returned to Palo Duro Canyon in Texas, volunteering as the Sagebrush campground host and befriending two roadrunners who watched and followed me on my daily campground duties.

In April I traveled north through Kansas and Nebraska to a workamper job at Wall Drug in South Dakota, a vast conglomerate of folksy down home stores in the true middle of Nowhere.  Can you even imagine driving 60 miles just to get groceries and do laundry?  Rapid City was the closest act of civilization.

The best compensation for my foray into this seemingly endless wilderness was the glorious Black Hills, Custer State Park with its fantastic Buffalo Herd,Iron Mountain Road (an amazing feat of engineering), Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore and the Badlands (where bubonic plague thrives among the gopher colonies there).

May found me in New Mexico selling handmade Native American jewelry, fireworks, and Mexican imports at a trading post/travel center.  I learned that I simply love working with customers and sales.  But after a month I needed to return to Ohio, to family and the return of my prodigal granddaughter ( this move from NM was fortuitous, as I will explain a bit later)

A June/July volunteer position at Shenango Lake in western Pennsylvania gave me the opportunity to travel between states (a 2 hour drive one way) to spend time with family. It was here that I got to experience again the extreme summer humidity which would often leave me dizzy and drained of energy.

I happily returned to New Mexico for another go at a different sales store.  It was at the Bluewater Trading Post that I learned of a huge 2 hour hailstorm of baseball sized hail that occurred shortly after I had left for Ohio. Fellow workers in a Class A had extensive damage to their RV.  I am ever thankful that I avoided having to experience that.

My stay lasted long enough for me to kayak Blue Water Lake and enjoy paddling alongside a family of wild horses but the desolation of the outpost setting of the job was not to my liking.

A fortuitous email came from my old boss in California once again offering me my old job at Westport Beach.  I knew the people, I knew the job; it was sanctuary, retreat, respite and hard work all rolled into one.

On my way here I travelled for a month through Arizona and Nevada enjoying the wild lands and generous, kind people along my way.

Westport Beach has been home base since October.  This time around I am seeing and experiencing a time of deep satisfaction, exploring the same beach every day, finding new things to revel in.

This time I am all about enjoying all the precious “now” moments.

This time I am allowing myself the gift of exploring my creativity and learning to be still……if just for a little while.

Peace to all ~ annie



About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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6 Responses to From There And There and There To Now And Now And Now (#682)

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Nice to hear from you Annie. Sounds like you had one exciting year.

  2. Sher says:

    Yes, Anne, I can only imagine it is only for a little while. You do like to travel and see new sights. Wish I had your wonder lust. I love to travel but would not want to do it by myself. You are truly a super lady. My hat is off to you. Such great adventures and I love hearing about each and every one.

  3. Ruth Bell says:

    I really enjoy your blogs. Meeting you at A Big Wheel was one of the highlights of that winter. Still remember enjoying our wedding anniversary at Jekyll Island with you.

  4. Glad to hear how you’re doing, Annie.I can imagine that a nomadic lifestyle could get intense after so many years. I think it would take so much energy to just provide for yourself in every way, including finding work, and keeping travelling. It has its charms for sure, but I’ll be interested to see if you finally start to want to settle somewhere. Though once constant moving gets in your blood, it must be hard to stay still. It all still sounds wonderful though, so I hope to hear of your further adventures. Wishing you an inspired and beautiful year, Sarah

  5. Connie T says:

    I loved reading this. I so love the ocean. We sold our house. We are moving to Florida the end of March. I want to live by the Gulf side. I want to snorkel and paddle my kayak. I want to walk the beach. We will live in our motor home for a while.

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