Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s Off to work we go!

We are staying at Green River State Park here, all paid for by Amazon.  It is the only park that does not have sewer, so Amazon pays for a “honey wagon” to come once a week and pump everyone’s tanks out.  The fact that we don’t have to deal with “dumping” for the next 3 months is another nice feature of this park that we chose.

pump and dump

pump and dump

After the important stuff was taken care of, we drove into town to begin our new jobs.

Welcome to Campbellsville

Welcome to Campbellsville

 

Today was “meet and greet” day, where we met the general manager of our plant, as well as our “camperforce” administrative team.  It was nice to put faces with the folks we interviewed with.  We received our assigned positions, shifts and days.  Amazon always makes sure that couples will have the same shift/days.

Dan and I will be working the day shift, 6:30am – 5:00pm, on Saturday/Sunday/Monday/Tuesday.  So for those that worked with me at the hospital, my Sunday “happy dance” will now be done on Tuesdays!!  We will be “pickers”, which means we will be picking the merchandise off the racks and taking it in carts to the packing area.  We will learn more this week about the job, but basically, we will be walking 6 – 10 miles/days.  So we are getting paid to exercise!!!  Bonus!

Tomorrow we have orientation, and then safety training.  Amazon is very big on safety training.  Wednesday thru Friday, we will be working 5 hour days on our specific jobs.  Then we will have off Saturday, and then Sunday starts our regular work week, but only 7 1/2 hour days.  The 3rd week we will go to the full 10 hour shifts.  Amazon refers to this as ‘work hardening’ to get everyone accustomed to the physical nature of the jobs.

At our meet and greet, we also received a big bag containing coupons from local stores and restaurants, and brochures with free or half-off coupons of some tourist attractions in the area.  The Amazon folks said the community really likes it when the workampers come into town, especially the veterinary clinics, since the majority of RV’ers travel with pets.  That was a nice little bonus, and we will definitely check out some of the places on our off days.

After we finished today, we drove down to the marina part of the state park, to see what was there.  Lots and lots of houseboats.  Some of these are pretty big.

view of the marina

view of the marina

There is also a dam up the road.

 

Green River by the dam

Green River by the dam

dry side of the dam

dry side of the dam

Tomorrow it’s back to packing lunches!!!

Quote for the day:  “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Campbellsville

So I posted this blog, but Dan noticed that half of it was missing, so I will try again!

Today many of the campers around us packed up and left, so the campground is pretty empty.  We were able to meet a few more fellow workampers from Amazon.  A couple of them will be starting with us tomorrow.

We drove around Campbellsville to see what is in town.  There are a lot of Dollar stores, a Wal-Mart, Lowes and a Kroger grocery store.  Will have to check out the Kroger store later this week.   Had a few loads of laundry to do, so we checked out the “outdoor” laundromat they have here.

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view from the laundry

view from the laundry

 

 

 

There is also a mini golf course that Dan was checking out by the laundry.

mini golf course

mini golf course

My blog is acting funny tonight, having typing issues.  Also received some e-mail that

people are having problems following along on the blog.  Not sure what is going on, as we are all new to this!  Hopefully we can get this figured out.

Tomorrow is our “meet and greet” day at the campground across the street from Amazon.  We will find out what shift, position and days of the week we will be working.

Stay tuned!

Quote of the day: “There will always be serendipity involved in discovery” – Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO of Amazon.com

Our new Kentucky home

“You have arrived at your destination on the right” said the excited voice on the GPS.  This after 48 miles of “incomplete map data, proceed with caution”!  We have arrived at our home for the next 3 months, Green River Lake State Park, in Campbellsville, Kentucky.  The state park is very nice, with 30amp service, water and free WI-FI.  However, we only receive 3 tv stations, and 2 of them are PBS, and I think the other is CW.  Now I know why most of the people here have satellite dishes hooked up.  I don’t know how much this park charges, as Amazon is paying for it.  They cover 2 days before your start date, and one day after.

Here is a shot of the row we are in.  All but one of the people in our row will be leaving tomorrow/Sunday, so it should be pretty empty around here.

view down our road

view down our road

Tomorrow we plan on driving around Campbellsville (about 9,000 in population) to see what there is around town.  We also have an overflowing laundry basket, so we may check out the “outdoor” laundry facility that they have here.

We met another couple this evening that will also be working for Amazon this season.  They worked there last year as well, and said it is hard work.

Green River Lake State Park

Green River Lake State Park

I do want to add one more photo from our trip to the top of the Arch in St. Louis.  Dan took this panoramic view with his camera.  I think all “smart phones” have this feature, and it does take a pretty nice looking photo, in my opinion.  So you may want to learn how to do this on your own phone.

Panoramic view from the Arch

Panoramic view from the Arch

 

vertical panoramic

vertical panoramic

 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  We are now on Eastern time, so we lost an hour today.  Take care

Today will be a picture “quote of the day” from the back of the campground sign in Litchfield, IL.  You can decide which question is more important!

Important reminders

Important reminders

moving day

Just a quick update.  Today we hitched up and started heading to Campbellsville, KY.  We stopped at a nice little local park in Linville, IN.  Tomorrow we have about 200 miles to go.  No internet here and only 1 bar on the phone.

 

Go Badgers!

Gateway to the West

Today we drove about 60 miles South, to St. Louis, to see the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, more commonly referred to as the Gateway Arch.  The Jefferson Memorial is part of the National Park Service, so we were able to get another stamp on our National Park Service passport.  It is a 90 acre free park.  However, if you want to see any of the movies about the arch, or go to the top of the arch, there is a fee.  We were glad we drove down today, because tomorrow we hitch up and head on over to Louisville, KY.  We discovered that our exit on I64 is closed, so we will look over some maps tonight to find a new route.

Over 200 years ago, Lewis and Clark set out on their expedition to the West, and ended up in St. Louis.  The building of the Gateway Arch begin in 1963, and finished in 1965.  It is over 630 feet tall, and is the tallest of the national park service monuments.  For whatever reason, I agreed to take a tour to the top.  I do not recommend this for anyone that is claustrophobic.  You are put in a tiny pod (I felt like I was in a sci fi movie), and the trip to the top takes 4 minutes.  It costs $10.00/person to go to the top.  You can spend as much time as you want up there.

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch

The pods

The pods

Shadow from the arch - viewed from the top

Shadow from the arch – viewed from the top

another view of the arch

another view of the arch

You can see both Busch stadium (St. Louis Cardinals baseball) and the  Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis Rams football) from the view at the top.

 

Edward Jones dome

Edward Jones dome

Busch stadium - from the arch

Busch stadium – from the arch

Made it to the top!

Made it to the top!

The old courthouse in St Louis - view from the arch

The old courthouse in St Louis – view from the arch

Of course, all this touring made us thirsty, so we headed down the road and took a tour of Budweiser.

all the bud products

Numerous Bud products

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Most of the brewing process is now automated.

mmmm beer

mmmm beer

bottling area

bottling area

No tour would be complete without seeing the famous Clydesdales!  Budweiser has over 100+ Clydesdales.  They must be at least 4 years old, have a white nose, and weigh between 2000 – 2300 pounds.

A Bud Clysdale

A Bud Clysdale

 

The clydsdales were blue ribbon winners at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1957!

The clydsdales were blue ribbon winners at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1957!

The city of St Louis had a school across the street from the brewery.  The Busch children all attended school there.  It was in operation until 1907, and then they sold it to the brewery.  The city decided it was not a good idea to have a school across the street from a brewery.  (perhaps the teachers weren’t coming back after recess?!!).  The building housed offices until the 1980’s.

The Lyon School

The Lyon School

At the end of the 45 minute tour, which consists of a lot of walking, they bring in the trolley’s to take us to the sampling room!

Trolley cars take you to the tasting room

Trolley cars take you to the tasting room

The end of another good day, in the sampling room!

tasting room at Budweiser

tasting room at Budweiser

We made it back to the camper in time to watch the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory.  Tomorrow we “hitch up” and will head towards Kentucky.  We need to be in Campbellsville by Saturday.  We have no idea where we will end up tomorrow….stay tuned!  And thanks for following!

 

Quote for the Day:  “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” –  Benjamin Franklin