A&A Plot Twist! We Have New Plans For Summer 2021 | Special Announcement
End of Week #93
Frog Creek RV Resort, Palmetto FL > Arbor Terrace RV, Bradenton FL
Miles traveled since last week's post = 12 miles
Total miles traveled to date = 12,203 with trailer
After another short round with family and friends, today was our last day on the Gulf Coast of Florida for 2021. We are definitely sad to say "see you later" to the turquoise waters and tropical adventures, but I think we are both also ready to hit the road again in search of the next big thing...
We have spent the past month and a half in the greater Tampa Bay area and it has been an absolute blast. I can confidently say that we will return to this area again next year, as it's been one of our favorite areas in Florida so far. In total, we have been calling the Sunshine State home for over 4 months already, proving to be both a difficult and amazing place to RV for the season. Despite anything we have encountered in this lifestyle, we have absolutely learned a lot, and I know I personally feel a lot better equipped for the next winter down here.
While our plans to return to Florida at the end of the year have NOT changed, other plans we had up our sleeve for this year have taken a bit of a turn...
A&A Plot Twist! We Have New Plans For Summer 2021
So you know how at the beginning of the year I said we had plans figured out for all of 2021?? Remember how I said we were going to the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina for the summer?? And then do you remember how I said.. "but things can always change"...?
Well SURPRISE! They did change!!
Our entire summer plans randomly changed out of the blue a few weeks ago - in fact it was the day before we welcomed our first set of visitors to Florida in mid February. We didn't even plan for this to happen, it just did! All within one day we applied for, interviewed for, got offered, and accepted a new workamping job...
.. in UPSTATE NEW YORK.
We will officially be spending summer 2021 in the forest, off of Lake George, in the Adirondack Mountains. We will be roughly 200 miles from Montreal, 200 miles from Maine and less than 200 miles from NYC. I am already dreaming of all the adventures to come...
Why the sudden change, you ask?? Well, for starters - we came across this opportunity and wanted to see if it was still available, and what it was all about, and then we honestly just fell in love with the idea of it all right away! Don't get me wrong, we were mighty excited to hang out by the ocean most of the year, but the thought of now being in the mountains and forests for the summer feels SO different, and we like it! Plus, I'm not going to lie - I have been having all kinds of anxiety about potential weather threats in the Outer Banks during hurricane season, and it has forced me to re-evaluate my summer location priorities. We will be going from zero trees, zero coverage, sitting at sea level - to a thick lush beautiful forest at the base of the mountains. I feel incredibly better about this entire decision!
And you see, that's the thing with our lifestyle... we are able to make these changes and continue to pursue what is best for US. Because in the end, that is all that ultimately matters anyway. The opportunities for us to seek really are endless, and we are just following our intuition and going with what feels right to US. We will figure everything else out along the way.
For the next 7-8 weeks we will start to make our way north, along the east coast - leaving tomorrow, and heading to north central Florida. I've already planned almost our entire route, as over half of it was already set for the Outer Banks, and none of it has to change! We will be making our way through 15 more campsites, and will be set to arrive to Fort Ann, in Upstate New York, on May 1st or 2nd of this year. We will be working at another seasonal campground, just like we did last summer in Gualala, and they will be open mid May through mid October. Our commitment will just run through Labor Day weekend, as after that we have already committed to our first season with the sugar beet harvest in northwestern Minnesota.
The campground is called Moose Hillock Camping Resort - one of two of their locations in the northeast, as their other location is in New Hampshire. These are family owned resorts, between siblings and their spouses. Each resort houses a humongous wave pool, and they are known as some of the largest wave pools in the entire eastern half of the country! I can't even begin to tell you how excited we are for spacious, woodsy sites, and weekly hiking opportunities.
Our positions will be extremely similar to what we did last summer - with Adam working in maintenance and I will be working in the store and/or the reservations office. We will have the same days off, and will be working about 35 hours a week. Just as other workamping opportunities, we will have a free campsite and other amenities through the resort. As an added perk, we will also be making significantly more than we did at our last campground position and almost DOUBLE per hour what we had signed up for in the Outer Banks. All of our hours worked will be paid.
PS. There are onsite cabins at this resort too, which means all the more reason we can welcome visitors to the Adirondacks this summer!
Since we have plenty of time, we will be making the most of our route north, and taking this opportunity to visit a handful of the National Parks out East. We will also be visiting Hart-T-Tree Farms in Grassy Creek North Carolina, where the famous Christmas trees of South Florida are grown!
To give you a bit of an overview, we will be hugging the coast up to Myrtle Beach, before cutting inland a bit to hit Congaree National Park, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From there we will head north to a new park, called New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia, and then cut over to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. After that we will make our way back to the coast near New Jersey, and head up and around NYC to visit the Boston area, before making our way back to Upstate New York.
Here is a map of our tentative route:
After New York
Once our workamping positions in New York are complete this September, we are still on track for the rest of the year. We will be making our way from Fort Ann, back to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, by end of September. Our goal is stop "home" for around 4-5 days before we would have to make our way up to the North Dakota border for the sugar beet harvest. It is likely that we will camp at Lake Elmo Park, but that could definitely change. On our route back west, we plan to stop in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, greater Cleveland, and probably do a few one-nighters around Chicago and through central Wisconsin.
After we are done with our first sugar beet harvest, we will still be making our way back down to South Florida for another year as Christmas Tree Lot Managers with Hart-T-Trees!
We are human beings, meant to be in a state of perpetual becoming.
This life is ours, and ours alone - so we have stopped asking other people for directions to places they have never been. The braver we get, the luckier we seem to get too. To us, freedom is creating your own existence from scratch...
If all goes according to plan, I will still be issuing at least one other blog post this week, to discuss guides for both the best beaches in Florida, and the best places to camp too! By the time next week rolls around, it will be time for another challenges of mobile living post - for the 660 day marker. Oofta!
I have recently become affiliated with Amazon, through the set up of my own storefront page. Here I am able to list and link all of the items I have purchased through Amazon and would recommend for various needs. I have lists set up for fulltime RVing, camping in general, traveling with cats, health and wellness, and even curly hair! Plus, as an added bonus, I will make a small commission on any items purchased through my link.
If you want to check out more of my storefront page, here is the link: Spark Fire Swan's Amazon
I will continue to add items as time goes on, as we are always finding something new on there that becomes quite useful to our lifestyle or for our feline friends. As a rule of thumb, I only ever link things we have actually purchased, kept, and use on a frequent basis!
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