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heading south—Moab, UT
down rt.191 to southern AZ
and Anne LaBastille

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After the seven month workamper job in Kanab, with only two days a week for dry-camping, I was sure ready to hit the road. Took a slow cruise up route 89 towards the Salt Lake area to visit friends there and in Park City for a couple of weeks. Went out to Antelope Island to see the vets wrap up the bison inoculations. The Lake sure was down. I lived in Salt Lake in the early 80's when we were sandbagging downtown streets and they were building pumps to pump water from the lake out into the west desert. Lucked out with the weather. Also lined up a job for next summer as a primitive campground host up in the Wasatch. Maybe even an opportunity to teach a six-week silversmith class up in Park City prior to this. Not bad. Meandered down route 6 and camped a couple nights up Horse Canyon, south of Page, before heading on to Moab. Moab was fabulous this time of year. I parked at a friend’s house for a few days. The neighbor across the road has horses. Meadow and Onyx have never seen h

use of time

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Occasionally one hears a question such as, “With so little with you, how do you fill your time?” or sees a similar question posted on various forums. One also hears it from those who full-time in the standard way and from those who are considering the lifestyle. I have trouble understanding a question like this. Are people so use to being constantly entertained? That they don’t know what to do if there is no TV, movies, restaurants, social gatherings, or whatever? Even when they ‘travel’, they merely follow the status quo&#151visit the popular sights, rack up the miles and drive through as many states as possible. So much for taking the road less traveled. Some say they get bored. How can one ever be bored? I was taught boredom is lack of imagination. Our life is in our own hands, every minute of it&#151do something with it. For some full-timers, having more free time is no big thing. They just continue right on doing what they did with their free time, when they were working

seasonal work

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If considering seasonal work, first decide what type of work you are looking for. workamper.com is a very popular source for finding a job. Their listings are extensive and one also gets a daily email with openings around the country. Other workamper sites have opened in the last few years, such as, workampingjobs.com, workersonwheels.com, and snowbirdsrvtrails.com. Many seasonal businesses are finding out that workampers generally turn out to be reliable employees so the job opportunities cover more than RV parks. One will find workamper jobs listed for resorts, national and state parks, amusement parks, lighthouses, storage facilities, excursion trains, NASCAR tracks, Christmas tree, pumpkin and fireworks lot, traveling circuses and carnivals, summer camps, and private farms and ranches. I used workamper.com to get a stellar job for a summer. I let my membership lapse, however, since I was more interested in primitive campgrounds which are not covered at workamper. I used a

home sweet home

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Well, I've been in Kanab for two months now. Not bad. The workamper job is going well. It's definitely helping me to get back in shape and it's great to talk with so many European guests. The lodge gets a few tour busses in each week and sometimes all 88 rooms are filled. All the signed photographs around the place blew me away. Just about all of the film stars from the '30's to '70's have stayed at the Parry Lodge. I get a daily email from workamper.com listing job openings. This was one: Arizona: Workamper needed for 12 hours weekly light yard maintenance in exchange for full hook-up RV site, at clothing optional property in Tonopah, AZ. Included: telephone, Satellite TV, laundry, electricity, water, sewer & trash. Call: 623-810-0594. Sounds like they might use more sun screen than most. This photo is of looking down onto Kanab from the top of the mesa with the 9,000’ Kaibab plateau in the background. Found some great geocaches in the area

lake powell

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Spent a night here at Lone Rock, Lake Powell. Wind was blowing something fierce all night. Sand was EVERYWHERE by the next morning. Lapis and Onyx would not even go outside. Get alone. It is one sure way of getting yourself together. Linus Mundy FOR INDEX OF POSTINGS GO TO JULY 2006

one foot in the grave
get back in shape and experience the Outdoors

When you have something precious, the only way to go is to take good care of it. Many say that they can no longer participate in such activities such as hiking—they are ‘too old’. They adopt the ‘can’t do—give up’ mindset and jump up on the ‘it’s part of growing old’ bandwagon. They then live the last twenty or thirty years of their life with one foot in the grave. Ever notice that these people are the one’s not doing much to help themselves? The older we get the more important exercise is. There are a couple things some of us have learned over the years. One is that if we are dealing with something that has moving parts and we do not take care of it—it starts to break down. The other thing is that if we start to work on it—it begins to work better—be it an old car or one’s body. There are all kinds of little things we can do to keep active. Many of them do not seem to make much of a difference but taken all together, they can really tone up our body—the home of our soul while here o