Given the passage of so much time, I will paraphrase much of the past months and give more details about some of our more recent adventures.
The last you heard of us we were arriving in Coffeyville, KS for the purpose of a seasonal job with Amazon.
We were there from Oct 8, 2013 until Dec 23, 2013. Coffeyville is a quiet town of about 10,000 people. For most of us the major attraction in Coffeyville was the SuperWalmart. The closest towns of size are Tulsa, OK at about 75 miles away and Joplin, MO at about 65 miles. The job was in an Amazon distribution center (i.e. warehouse). There are 3 such locations in the country where Amazon hires RVers to fill their need for seasonal employees to meet the demands of holiday shopping. The other two locations are Campbellsville, KY and Fernley, NV. They gave us a free campsite which in our case was right across the street (there were numerous other campgrounds throughout town serving Amazon RVers), $11 an hour, time and a half over forty hours and a $1 an hour bonus for every hour worked after completing the season.
|Our campsite at Big Chief|
|The huge Amazon warehouse was just across the street|
An added bonus of this sort of life experience is that we met so many wonderful people. There is great camaraderie among the RVers and we all bonded very nicely.
Looking back there was one GREAT blemish! The weather was mostly horrible. Very cold with a fair amount of snow and then the dreaded ICE! Many of us wrestled with frozen water lines and valves as well as just keeping the camper warm. The last two days we "enjoyed" what amounted to an ice storm. So I spent the first few hours on the day of our departure with a rubber mallet beating about 1 inch of ice off the camper so the slides would come in.
Together we netted about $11,000 which we later spent on a great trip (soon to be addressed in the blog) and had another unique life experience.