We live in a campground now. Just one campground for a while. That was the point of this adventure, though, to buy, operate, and live in a campground.
We found jobs as workampers at the Las Cruces, New Mexico KOA. We’re learning how a campground is run while working a few hours in the office each week for our spot. We’ve switched positions, checking in RVers after a long day’s drive, giving them directions to restaurants and area attractions.
The kids started school in August. They’re happy to be with kids their own ages and back to a daily routine. They still seem happy to be living in an RV. But on their first day of school, I had a bit of a breakdown.
At first I thought it was because I had thrown them into unknown public schools. After attending a caring, touchy-feely charter school, I thought it was cruel to push them into ordinary schools. Then it occurred to me that it wasn’t the schools they were in, but the fact that they were in school at all.
The days of all of us together, doing whatever we wanted, were over. Now they spend more time with teachers than us. That really upset me.
So I decided to get a job at Starbucks. Yes, once a loyal daily customer, now a barista on the other side of another counter. It’s a pretty good swing financially and I’m learning how to make yummy coffee drinks that I can one day make for our campers. I get my daily dose of fancy caffeine for free on the days I work, or at a nice discount when I’m off. I also get to bring home free coffee beans each week.
The pace is still pretty slow compared to our S&B conventional life. I think we can handle it for a while.