A month has already passed since we parked Gypsy Girl (our Winnebago motorhome) for the summer on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and a little more than 5 weeks since we started living the full-time RV lifestyle. There are a lot more pros than cons so far; this lifestyle really fits us well. For the most part who you are does not change just because you change how you choose to live, but the change can allow you to live in a way that better fits who you are and your values. Ok so I am not Confucius, but the point is that the first five weeks have been great!
That said we have picked one of the most scenic, diverse, and totally awesome places on this here fine earth as our first seasonal work camping location. Hopefully we do not get too spoiled right off the bat!! The Grand Canyon is the crown jewel in an area that has many National Parks, National Monuments, and National Recreation areas. The Grand Canyon is situated on the Colorado Plateau, which covers an area that expands into four states. The area is known as the Four Corners touching Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. To learn more about the area and The Grand Canyon itself click here.
The North Rim’s developed area is relatively small with one-lodge, one-campground and limited services; the perfect location to truly get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I mean there are no televisions in the rooms or anywhere else (except of course in the employee areas), very limited cellular service, and not a single grocery store or restaurant nearby (except for the Grand Canyon Lodge Restaurant). The lodge food is very good though and we have a general store for basic supplies. We stock up on supplies each time we drive into town (minimum of
1 1/2 hours one way).
If you like to hike, the North Rim is your destination offering 13 trails from the very short, easy hikes to the very long, tough hikes. We have hiked just about all of them.
Work has been fun, yes that is what I said “work has been fun”…. We do actually work, we are on our feet for 10 hours each day, four days on and three days off. That equates to 40 hours for those of you light in the math area – so it is full time work. We work in the Visitor's Center and get to interact with visitors who are traveling from all over the US and the World. We are responsible for the non-profit book & gift store, but also work along side the Park Rangers making sure visitors experience the best the Park has to offer during their stay. Of course we also answer mundane questions like where the bathrooms are located, what is the entrance fee and how do I check into my room...etc.
Another great aspect of being isolated on the North Rim, is the sense of community we have with coworkers, Park Rangers, and the concessioner Forever Resorts employees (who range from maintenance, to servers, to housekeeping). During the height of the busy season (June-September) over 300 workers live on the North Rim – the park does not close in the winter but all of the facilities and services shut down with only a handful of people living here year round. We like the small community feel and often have social events from attending programs with guest speakers, to playing volleyball on Mondays, yoga on Tuesdays and having cook-outs...etc.
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