Life’s Detour

We left our workamping gig at Crane Prairie RV Resort a couple of weeks ago. There are many reasons why it didn’t work out, let’s just say, it was a blessing in disguise. I’ll share some of the details below and present a few thoughts about what to do in the future when looking for a workamping gig. (Some may call it a Workamping Job, I don’t like the word job so I’ll use gig. I left my job when I retired….)

The work was supposed to be combined 25 hours per week, which was fine with us. It ended up being that we only got two weekends off during a two month period, worked opposite each other and was expected to be available on our off days.  Schedules were changed without prior notice and on and on. We are retired and felt like we were back in the work force again. The owners were not honest about what was expected of us and for that we were left in the dark about our responsibilities. Even those changed as the owners would say do things one way and they would do them another, very difficult to follow. We vacated our spot and went to Bend to park at my brother and sister in-law’s place, which they graciously let us do until we could get our bearing’s on our next chapter in life.

If you are thinking about Workamping, make sure to get a list of responsibilities or job description. If the owners will not provide you with one, I would suggest you look elsewhere. We felt like we didn’t dig deep enough into their business and will take partial blame for what ended up being a bad experience. We definitely learned a lot, and will leave it as a learning experience. Just do your due diligence when looking for a workamp job so there are no surprises that await you.

While we are parked here in Bend it has allowed us to spend quality time with my brother and his wife, which is one of the reasons for being here. I’ve been helping him work over at a Woman’s Center building a ramp for ADA compliance to house more women. We also helped to serve a meal at the Family Shelter one night. This is what life is all about, not working, just living and doing for others. What a blessing! We’ve also been able to go to their church the last two Sunday’s, now that was a true blessing. It’s called the Founders Church, the first church in Bend. They had a BBQ picnic lunch last Sunday after church. The dress is very casual which fit’s into our lifestyle.

I’ve also been able to do a few things to the bus that I have put off for a long time. Fix a leak in our fresh water tank, move the tank and hot water heater, organize my tools and parts and get rid of unneeded stuff! I was able to find a parts bin built out of wood with 4 sliding drawers in it at the Restore store in Bend. Plus I found other a few other goodies that I just couldn’t pass up!

I’m hoping to gain some space in our bays by better organization. I’ve never changed anything in our bays since the initial purchase almost 13 years ago, it was time to make it our own. Plus I’m also planning for some future upgrades that will start to take place late September.

Bend is located in Central Oregon with a lot to see and do. We plan to take advantage of that as much as possible. Fishing, hiking and sightseeing is a good place to start. We went to Smith Rock last weekend and hiked for a while around the rim looking down on the Crooked River canyon. Saw a few climbers on the face of one of the rock walls. The weather was perfect and the scenery was gorgeous!

Smith Rock

My brother Dan and I, along with one of his friends Gary, attended a car show at the Bend Elks yesterday. There was a great showing of some old iron. This pic of a ’56 Chevy shows my brother reflected in the side of it and his friend in the blue jacket. I didn’t notice that until I looked at it later, pretty cool.

Bend Elks Car Show

Becky, Charlene and Gary’s wife Pam went to Sisters yesterday to enjoy their annual Quilt Show. They had a great time looking at all of the quilts on display, and I’m sure came up with a few ideas for their own projects. The guys did their thing while the gals did theirs.

So you see, sometimes things may not work out as planned, but look at what we would have missed out on. When circumstances in life take a detour, look at the positive side, it may turn out better than expected. That is what happened to us!

Happy Trails!



Filed under Bend, Bend Elks, Bus, Bus Conversion, Car Show, Oregon, RV Park, Travel, Workamp

8 responses to “Life’s Detour

  1. Jerry

    God is good and His plans are always best! Miss you guys. Love ya dearly!


  2. Paul, we’ve been through almost identical experiences. It takes a day or two to change gears, but then the blessing begins to shine through. Early this summer we worked three days for a KOA and left for almost the same reasons. We never got the facts on paper and the expectations didn’t come close to what we were told. We moved on. We parked in a vacant parking lot for a while, sat, prayed, then pulled up our bootstraps and moved on. The blessing from that has since overshadowed the negative experience.

  3. Praying for you all! It’s so interesting to see what happens behind the scenes. If you make it up to route 12 in Washington this summer, let us know. We will be here for sure. -Sean

  4. I did not know you were workamping. I have thought about that for about 8 yrs now, thanks for the information and tips.

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