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Work-Camper Needed: Here!

Milepost 4-6-14  Fillmore, California

 Just a quick note here to let our readers know that our current location, Kenney Grove Park, in Fillmore, California, is looking for it’s next work-camper.  The job starts June 1st, which is coming up soon.  See the listing on Workers On Wheels here.  This is the same ad that we answered last November when we were searching for a location on the west coast for the winter.  Our 5 months will be done on Memorial Day – just 7 weeks left.

Our work-camp site in California.

The campsite here includes a covered canopy,  a storage shed and small patio and personal parking spot.  It is a $1,000 per month value, provided free – including all hookups – in exchange for half-time work around the campus.

The climate has been beautiful here all winter with temps in the 40’s at night and the 70’s + during the day.  Great working weather.  Of course, it may be warmer here during the summer.  We have experienced 3 rainy days here in the last 3 months!

Golf carts shuttle tools and workers to and from the various work sites. Golf carts shuttle tools and workers around the park.

Kenney Grove Park is sheltered by massive old oak trees. Kenney Grove Park is sheltered by massive old oak trees.

We are 35 miles from Malibu Beach, 45 miles from the Old Mission at Santa Barbara, and only 19 miles from Six Flags Magic Mountain.  We are 2 miles from the entrance to the Los Padres National Forest and 20 miles to the shuttle boats to the Channel Islands National Park.

Come to California!  Answer the ad if you want to get into a great place to live and work for the rest of this year!  California groovin’ might be right for you!

I spent a day hiking on Santa Cruz Island with my daughter, son-in-law, and his folks. I spent a day hiking on Santa Cruz Island with my daughter, son-in-law, and his folks who were visiting from Texas.

The West Coast Vibe

A Family Reunion on the bluffs at University of California, Santa Barbara.
A  family reunion on the bluffs above the beach at University of California, Santa Barbara.

I’m pickin’ up good vibrations.  The west coast tribe has a laid-back vibe.  At least this is what I picked up from my weekend by the ocean.

We visited our kids in Santa Barbara this weekend and experienced some of the coastal charisma.  From the beach to the wharf to the art exhibit on the waterfront, there was a relaxed groove going on here.  Nobody seemed stressed, hurried, or impatient.  Even the kids at the skate park seemed nonchalant, quietly waiting their turn for the next flip and grind.Santa Barbara beach biker/skater trail.

Santa Barbara beach biker/skater trail.
Santa Barbara has a top notch skate park that also accommodates bikers.
Santa Barbara has a first class skate park that also accommodates stunt bikers.
Sand volleyball is popular on the wide sandy beaches of Santa Barbara.
Sand volleyball is popular on the wide sandy beaches of Santa Barbara.
The Wharf is a popular attraction on the waterfront at Santa Barbara.
Stearn’s Wharf is a regular destination for diners out on the waterfront at Santa Barbara.
Wendi is a member of the local artists guild and spends her Sundays exhibiting at the waterfront park.
Wendi is a member of the local artists guild and spends her Sundays exhibiting at the waterfront park along the beach.
Downtown Santa Barbara is beautiful at night.
The downtown outdoor mall sparkles at night with shops, theaters and eateries.

A sailboat leaves the harbor and heads out to sea.

After a rough day of skaterboarding Rusty's Pizza Parlor is the spot for skaters from all over (two Swedes and a Canadian in this photo).
After a rough day of skateboarding, Rusty’s Pizza Parlor is the rendezvous for skaters from near and far (two Swedes and a Canadian in this photo).

On our first visit we didn’t have time to visit any of the historical sites like the famous old Mission, so I guess we’ll have to return.  Our mail is being forwarded to our kids’ place at the University of California – Santa Barbara, so we’ll need to get back there every few weeks anyway

Wendi's oil painting of the famous Santa Barbara Mission is part of her collection for sale on the waterfront.
Wendi’s original oil painting of the famous Santa Barbara Mission is part of her collection for sale on the waterfront every Sunday afternoon.