Tag: Being A Campground Host

Letter From Rainbow Springs State Park

RainbowSpringsSP04252014 (53) (Copy)We received this letter in response to our email inquiry about volunteer live on-site positions available at Rainbow Springs State Park. Like most of the Florida State Parks we have emailed in the last week or so they are in desperate need of late spring through early fall volunteers. To that end we will be posting information about 1 state park each day until the beginning of June. We hope you will share this post with your friends, family, teachers, recent retirees, and anyone who can take two or three months off, has a travel trailer or RV and would be willing to exchange part time work for a great Campsite in some of Florida’s most beautiful places.

***SEEKING CAMPHOST and PARK HOST POSITIONS CURRENTLY FOR: Summer and Fall of 2014 and Spring and Summer of 2015***

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Myakka River State Park WrapUp

MyakkaTrailsAndDeepHole (8)Our last week as campground hosts at Myakka River State Park went about like you would expect. We got a wide variety of unexpected problems that week such as a tornado warning, loud camper complaint after 11:00pm, and a water warning. Of course, about three-fourths of the campground checked out that weekend and over half of them had fires the night before. We got all that taken care of and turned in our keys and hosting manual but before we could leave the temperature light on the RV decided to go to red and stay there. Our fellow campground hosts, a former GM worker, said that it was probably broken because it stayed that way even when the RV was turned off. And we had another bird’s nest in between our RV batteries. Luckily, there were no eggs in the nest yet. We hope to be able to come back to this lovely park sometime in 2015. The bad part of being there was the cellphone/internet service was pretty spotty. They have three camping areas and all three have their charms. Palmetto Ridge is all gravel, large sites with sewers and large new bathhouses. Big Flats camping area is all smaller sites near the Myakka Outpost and lots of shade but little privacy but no sewers on sites except for the campground hosts. Old Prairie has a small older bathhouse, mostly shady sites and no sewers on site except for the campground hosts and the two overflow campsites.
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Adams Tract WrapUp

Rainbow after the Summer Storms here at Adams Tract River Camp
Rainbow after the Summer Storms here at Adams Tract River Camp
We are starting to wrap-up here at Adams Tract River Camp. It’s funny but we will miss this place. But we also miss being on the road. We have passed the 9 months full-time RVing mark and are looking forward to the next 18 months we have scheduled so far. The hardest part about being here is that we really don’t have the extra money to get out and explore. That was the reason we accepted all these campground hosting assignments in the first place was to be able to save a little money and go exploring more. Sadly, that hasn’t been the case. We will have to work on bringing in an income while we are traveling as well as the retirement payments we have been living on the past couple of months. It makes all the difference if you can bring in some extra income while you are traveling so that you can enjoy those trips to local parks, eat out in a local restaurant every now and then or just be able to have extra gas money to explore the areas when you are not doing your campground hosting duties.
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