It’s been 56 days since we’ve had a cocktail. Our closet is crammed with all of our favorite booze, because we stocked up at Costco in Las Vegas before we came out here to the sticks. But we haven’t touched a drop.

What does this have to do with full-time RVing? A lot. I’ll get to that.  Meanwhile, we’ve been on the wagon, living like Mormons.

No gin and tonics.

We love Hendrick’s for Gin and Tonics

No margaritas.

When money’s no object, we love Republic Tequila.

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We’ve had our share of different workampng jobs over the years. Each one has offered it’s own unique RV site accommodations.

Colorado Guest Ranch Workamping Site

Colorado Guest Ranch Workamping Site

You may be wondering what type of campsites are provided for workampers. What kind of utilities and amenities are offered? Do they have full hookups? Well, I’m sure that all depends upon the job and location. We can only speak of our own experiences though, so I’ll share some scenes from our job sites for your consideration.

One of the few jobs we have not done, is work at your typical RV resort. We’ve stayed at quite a few though, and have met workampers there who are usually provided a pretty sweet site. Perhaps something like the very first place we ever stayed…

Premier RV  Resort, Salem Oregon

Premier RV Resort, Salem Oregon

Ever since we discovered workamping, however, we have preferred to work some not so typical jobs, which provided some less than typical accommodations. Our very fist job, workamping at an animal shelter for instance, included a rather rough set-up…

Safe Harbor Animal Rescue Workamping Site

Safe Harbor Animal Rescue Workamping Site

This pretty much prepared us for our second job as organic farm workampers, where the RV site was no site at all…

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Have I mentioned how much I enjoy workamping at Vickers Ranch because of the opportunity I get to do some creative woodworking projects? Yeah, I thought so, maybe once or twice. Well, here’s one I’m particularly proud of.

Vickers Ranch Handmade Log Fireplace Mantle

Last year, I arrived at the ranch in time to help install and finish a similar mantle my boss made. This year, I had the honor of doing the dirty work. So I thought I would share how to make a custom log fireplace mantle like this one I made at my favorite workamping job.

Ranch Workamping Job to Make Handmade Log Fireplace Mantle

Read on for tips, lots of photos, and plenty of fun with power tools!
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It’s turning out to be another happy workamping summer at Vickers Ranch!

One of the best things I like about workamping on the ranch, besides working with my crazy wife and a bunch of other fun folks, is the opportunity I get to be creative—with access to the tools I need to do just about anything.

Sure, ranch work is hard, but between repairing screen doors, troubleshooting toilets and washing Jeeps, I get to create fun projects like these handmade log slab benches…

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Thousands of remote, offbeat destinations line the back roads of America, all leaving imprints on your heart as you roll away to somewhere new. As full-time RVers we get the chance to revisit those magical places whenever we want, but life can get in the way and oftentimes the opportunity never seems to materialize.

The Road to Pie Town New Mexico

But when the cosmic road map finally aligns your present journey with an old favorite destination from the past, well that’s a sign you just can’t ignore.

Going Back to New Mexico’s Church of Pie

Recently while headed to Las Vegas, Nevada, we jumped at the chance to drive Highway 60 to get there. That two-lane route is a little out of the way to Sin City, but taking the slow lane would allow us to make a pilgrimage to The Pie-O-Neer cafe in Pie Town New Mexico.

Strawberry rhubarb pie masterpiece

This magical spot perched atop on the Continental Divide won us over way back in 2008 as we traveled with Jerry, and just like our sweet boy, it’s been in our hearts ever since.

Jerry in Cochiti, New Mexico

In Search of Mystic Pie

We waved goodbye to Waylon Jennings’ spirit and booked it out of Littlefield, Texas early one morning, high on caffeine and anticipation of our destination: the sweetest spot in New Mexico, about 3 hours southwest from Albuquerque.

Slice of Heaven in Pie Town, New Mexico

We needed to get there before the Pie-O-Neer Cafe closed at 4pm but were so excited we managed to arrive by 1pm. What a joy to see that the cafe was exactly as we remembered it! The moment we stepped onto the cozy front porch and opened the door, the heavenly scent of homemade pies wrapped its arms around us like an old friend.
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