We have made it through our second week at Amazon which was our first full week of 5 back-to-back 10-hour days, Tuesday through Saturday, and it hasn’t been too bad. Not a lot of walking, but we have had a lot of standing and bending. The shelves start just above floor level and go up to about 5 feet so we are picking up products from a cart and putting them wherever we can find room. Amazon got its start with books, CDs, and DVDs but has expanded into toys, electronics, kitchen appliances, housewares, tools and anything that people want to buy on-line. They have also expanded into groceries, but we haven’t seen them here.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
It was a good thing we got our sightseeing done over the weekend and on Monday, because we haven’t had much free time since. Tuesday we reported for duty at Amazon’s warehouse in
about 30 miles away. Of their 20
“fulfillment centers” only three hire RVers for the seasonal crunch; the others
are in Fernley, NV and Kansas . There are almost 500 RVers here, parked at 5
or 6 RV parks around the area. They have
also hired about 1,000 other temporary workers, many of whom would like to
become permanent employees. Kentucky
Monday, November 11, 2013
As mentioned earlier, we have had a couple of quiet days after arriving in
last Wednesday. We stopped at the
Freightliner shop mid-afternoon and got into their schedule for Thursday. It turns out that we had no major issues. Routine maintenance and some clean filters
took care of the issues we were concerned about. Reno
Friday, November 8, 2013
On Tuesday we took a fairly short drive to the east to visit another National Park; this was to see
just north of Lassen
Volcanic National Park . For details see http://www.nps.gov/lavo/index.htm This
park has all the geothermal features that better known Chester CA Yellowstone
has, except for geysers (none here). The
last major eruption occurred here less than 100 years ago
Monday, November 4, 2013
Our stay in
was short – only 2 nights. We had just
arrived when we put our last posting here.
Saturday was a beautiful sunny day with no more fog to block our
views. Here is what we saw: Crescent City CA
OK there was a little fog near the lighthouse:
Later in the morning we took US101 south along the coast through many groves of huge redwood trees. It was amazing how large they are!
Sunday we left the ocean behind. Here is one last lookIt was a long, slow travel day because US101 and CA299 are both quite hilly, so it was slow-going climbing up one hill and relying on the exhaust brake to keep our speed under control on the downhill side. We hardly passed up any turnouts so that traffic could pass us.
We are spending 3 nights in
to recuperate. Today was a laid-back Monday where we did a
little relaxing, shopping, ran some errands, and washed the truck. Tomorrow we will take a clean pickup for a
little excursion to the nearby Redding
CA . Lassen
Volcanic National Park
Here’s a shout out to Olivia who got her nasty old tonsils removed today. Hope you recover soon! Enjoy the popsicles!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Once again we are back to the Pacific coast; at least we think so. We can hear the foghorns and the seals barking this morning, but the fog was too thick to see any water yesterday. The sun was shining brightly about 10 minutes drive from the coast and our waitress said the skies will be like this until March. We will spend a couple of days in
which is in the very NW corner of the state.
Crescent City California
This area is known for its redwood trees for a good reason. We saw many on our way into town that were huge, and there are many parks nearby to show them off.
We came into town on US199 with the motorhome, and toured around the area with our pickup on CA197 and US101. These roads are narrow and twisty – great for motorcycling if the sun comes out. Bob didn’t shed any tears on our drive!
On the news last night they had an article on the recreational crab fishing which starts today. Sure wish we knew someone that has extra crab!! There are lots of seafood restaurants around here though.
Most of this week we will be in northern
moving slowly toward the east and California . We have lots of time to go a fairly short