What’s Workamping, you say? We didn’t know what it was either until we started this whole adventure. Workamping is really popular for full time travelers to be able to offset some of the costs of traveling. We first talked to some people about this when we were in Florida. We met two very nice couples who were working at the state park. They told us about their experience, basically a few hours a day greeting people, spreading bug killer (for fire ants) and cleaning the restrooms. For a few hours a day 5 days a week and in return they had a full hook up site. Many campgrounds offer workamping jobs to long-term travelers. The campers agree to work a certain amount of hours for the compensation of a free stay at the campground (they usually offer a FHU site and some have restrictions on what type of rig you can bring to their property). They want to be sure if something is parked long term that it doesn’t look bad. Some places even offer hourly wages as well as FHU sites. You must be willing to stay somewhere for a lengthy amount of time because the minimum for most jobs is two months. We found the site http://workampingjobs.com/ really helpful to look for campgrounds who were hiring. After our trip back from Florida we decided to put in our resumes on the site and see what happened. We had an option of targeting specific regions of the country. So, we talked about areas of the country we would like to spend a few months exploring and came up with four regions. If we had a request from one of those regions, we would jump at the opportunity.
Shortly after putting in our information, we received an e-mail from an RV site in Montana near Glacier NTL Park. This was Sherry’s top region to visit!!
Timber Wolf Resort (http://www.timberwolfresort.com) is a really nice campground with RV sites, tent camping, and cabins. FTer exchanging e-mails with the owners and a few phone calls we decided this was too perfect an opportunity for us to pass up. Our ‘duties’ as workampers were to clean and restock bathrooms, housekeeping cabins, and watering flowers. It was not difficult work, and we enjoyed getting out and having a job to do each day. The days where the campground was busy and there were a lot of beds to make were not the most fun days, but like we said, the work was never hard or strenuous. We also had some interesting ‘finds’ in some of the cabins… Gave us pause to think why people would leave certain things… We were occasionally thankful for rubber gloves.
The work gave us a chance to be out and about meeting people in the campground and getting a little exercise while we were at it. But don’t get us wrong, we weren’t hauling stuff around on our backs. The owners had some sweet toys that allowed us to maneuver around the campground easily.
OH, we also met a bear while on our duties. At the end of August we saw a black bear moving through the woods near some of the campsites. We CAREFULLY watched the bear from the doorway of the camp comfort station. LOL Wouldn’t you know, we didn’t have our cameras!!
The best part really is having the opportunity to explore an area and to take our time. Most days, after we finished working, we would run out and hit one of the near trails (we were only 9 miles from West Glacier). If we didn’t hike, we went in and looked at the sights in Whitefish, Columbia Falls or Kalispell. It didn’t take us long to fall in love with this area. We met some wonderful people and enjoyed the genuine friendliness of most of the locals. If you are in the area, don’t forget to visit the Huckleberry Patch for some pie or other yummy treats.
After being at the campground for 2 1/2 months, it was hard to think about leaving. It was long enough to feel like we were getting settled into a new home. Christine and Phil, the owners of Timber Wolf, are really wonderful and treated us very well while we worked for them. For our first experience in Workamping, we feel that we got really lucky to be able to work for them. We would highly recommend Timber Wolf to anyone visiting the area. The RV sites are shaded, and the park itself is very picturesque.
Now it is onward to the next adventure! See you soon!