For the past week, I’ve been training to run the kiosk at the state park. If you’re not already aware, my husband and I travel with our two kids full time in an rv. Our goal is to enjoy all fifty states.
Currently, while Mike is going to film school in San Francisco, we volunteer as camp hosts in a state recreation area. It’s located about an hour from San Francisco, but we’re just a few minutes away from a ferry that goes to the city.
It’s incredibly beautiful here, and the landscape is vastly different from the Redwoods which is where we first volunteered as camp hosts.
As a perk of being camp hosts for the state park, in this case, California State Parks, our lot, power, water, and sewer are free.
It’s a pretty sweet gig as the hours are flexible and the work is rewarding. Differing from the Redwoods host position that primarily dealt with campers and their needs, there are only three en route camp sites here that allow campers to stay one night. Therefore, no fire wood has to be sold, and not much tidying of the sites is required.
At this park, Mike and I have done some maintenance duties which has been a nice break from working with the public every day. I, however, need a break then miss the interaction with guests. I really think I’m about 50% extrovert and 50% introvert.
The ranger was happy to have me switch to visitor services duties, hence, the training for the new position.
Mike and I really enjoy working together on projects that will beautify the park in some visible way. While I was working in the kiosk this week, Mike overhauled the front entrance by weed eating and pulling weeds as well as trimming the overgrown shrubbery. It looks so much better. We discussed even repainting the curbs to make the entrance feel fresh again.
Last week, we drove around the park doing an “antenna test”. Any branches that brushed the antenna on the park truck were trimmed and hauled away. It was one of the various ways to make the park look and feel cared for.
While we were picking up trash on a walking trail, we had several visitors thank us for the good job we were doing.
That was nice!
Doesn’t it feel nice when you’re working hard and someone acknowledges your work? It sure does to us!
In our brief time in this new area, we have settled in quite well. We are looking forward to meeting lots of local people and trying new restaurants and activities in this vicinity.