Time at Adventureland Park in Iowa

My time working for Adventureland Park is slowly coming to an end. As of today I have 14 days until the full-time part of the season comes to an end. Then we have until Sept. 24th working only weekends. The six-day work week can not end soon enough for me. When it is all over and I am in New Mexico ( or some other place ) I will remember many of the people I worked with and smile. Recalling the long days and how I was always exhausted will not be recalled with a smile, unless to know it is done.

Today is my day off and I hope to do my laundry, food shop, and maybe spend some time with friends.

Doing a season of workamping here has been interesting and even fun ( sometimes ) and the folks working here are all great. Do I plan to return next year? NO!!! But would I suggest it as a one time way to make extra money? Yes…  The time here has helped me pay off all my credit cards so I will now have more money at the end of the month, might even be able to get a car. Once again I will say the work itself is not hard, it is long hours and sometimes working in high heat and humidity that takes it out of you.  To make enough money to make working here worth coming you will need to work lots of hours. This is not a place for anyone looking for short hours and lots of time to be a tourist.

Coming to the end of the day and completed what needed getting done and even had some fun. Went to lunch with friends, then checked out an Army Eng. Park close by, before going food shopping and home.

Big Lake
Herb and Laura

 

Latest thoughts about working at Adventureland Park in Iowa

All I have to say about working here is that I am counting down the days. Working outside in the heat ( 96F Humidity of 50 and above ) five to six days a week is taken its toll on me. I am taken all sorts of vitamins and drinking so much water it is almost funny.

If anyone is reading this who is thinking about coming here know that the work is not hard but the days can be long. I have work double shifts several times even if I have not signed up for them. I work retail so spend time at the water park so most of the time outside without any A/C.

I have a countdown clock telling me how long before we are back to weekends only. ( 34 days ) have also planned my escape route for the day I pull out of here. Plan to take my time and spend time at two state parks before getting back to NM.

Will I come back??? No.. The pay is not enough to get me back. $8.50 an hour just does not cut it when working in this type of heat. Also the drive here then back home cost what I make in four weeks, so not really making that much. Good part of being here was spending some time with friends, hoping to do more once we go back to weekends.

 

Workamping For Adventureland Park Iowa …… New Chapter…

Have now been working full-time for about a month now at the park. Most of the time it has been either fun or worse case boring. However that all changed yesterday June 24th 2017….

I was working Tattoos ( spray on ) with another lady and we did our best to do a good job on the first busy day of the season. The store is set up to have two stations each with two spray guns, however we only had one working gun so only one station was working. We split the work by one doing all the tattoos and the other doing the cleaning, talking to customers, and taking in the money. We thought all was going well until our supervisor pulled us out two hours early and had us report to the office. A customer complained that she was quoted a price of $4 dollars but charged $8…  All of the signs say $8 unless you have a season pass, I know I did not tell her $4, and I do not believe the other lady did. But that is not the part that has me pissed…. She also claimed we mistreated her children in some way, and again that still is not my problem.

When we had our talk with the supervisors something was said that just sits wrong with me…  One of them said ” who are we to believe the customer? or you? …..   That one line just keeps going around and around in my head….  Up until this I just knew I was going to stay to the end, now not so sure, it will only take one more thing and I will leave. After all is said and done the best part of workamping is the option to up and leave when you want to… The money is nice and is helping but I can get along fine without it.

Workamping at Adventureland Park Iowa ( my point of view )

Ok, I have been here since early April and the first thing I will say is, if I come back next year it will not be until mid May. April is still cold and way to rainy for this old lady. Have to admit all in all the job is mostly fun, if sometimes on the boring side. So far I have been in most of the retail stores, but still not worked at the River ( still closed ) or any of the stores at the water park. The “Train Station ”  is the most fun, first everything is scanned so you do not have to figure out the price or what category it goes under. It is the only place that you get to joke with the kids and parents, because the scanner takes the work out of the job.

Okay about the RV park…. First the only thing I liked about the site I was assigned was that it was close to the laundry. Well that is still true except the laundry room does not open until sometime after 9am now. THAT SUCKS..  I like doing my laundry at 6:30 am just after walking the does, so now when I work the am or mid shift I guess I will just have to stink after day three. I was only given two shirts but work five days at a time, so when do I wash.. This site is small and not level, can not get it level, tried several times. It is also one of the smallest yards, can not tie the dogs outside to play and the fenced in area I have for them is small but just about files up the whole yard.  Keep away from Z4 if you come here. In fact try to stay away from Z4,5,6, and 7……

Today I get to go and play at Adventureland and get some photos of what it looks like when it has people in it. Wonder what I will see….

Back from my walking tour of the park with it open..  Have to love Digital cameras, took over 350 shots. After deleted the truly bad ones got down to 230. Then took out the doubles and not so great shots, oh with this and that got it down to the ones below. Could have been more but the water park is not open today..  Like more is needed… LOL…

 

 

Made a Visit to ” The Blank Park Zoo”

After working for three days in a row I had a change to go to the zoo on my day off so of course I went. SHould have stayed home and done laundry and cleaned the rig, but what fun is that?? Got to see animals that I would not see except at a zoo and spent the day with friends Laura and Herb. below is a link to the zoo, and below that the photos I took and liked. Hope you enjoy.

 

https://www.blankparkzoo.com/

Photo Tour of Adventureland Park

First time workampers were given a walking tour of the park today, lots of beer and dinner included. So I was able to get a few photos, will get some others when the park is open and I am not working.

Free Time is Coming to an End….

Time to go to work, reason it is called WORKamping.

Adventureland Park opens for the season this coming weekend so I will be working a lot more. But that is a good thing because I have spent over $1500.00 getting my fur babies shots up to date. Money well spent because now I know all three are healthy and protected.

So back to last weekend, I worked Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Saturday was cold and windy and I was assigned a store with two garage type doors, day went by so slow.. Sunday I was in the “Corner Store ” the discount store. It has all the items that have been marked down by 50% or more. Again it was a rainy and cold day, but I was busy most of the time selling lots and lots of coats, sweatshirts, and hoodies. Day was fun and time past fast.

Now for Monday, I worked inside at the uniform room. I have to say this is one place I wish I could skip for the rest of the season. It is not a store or even retail from my point of view. It reminds me more of a coat check room and laundry. We check in bags and phones that workers are not allowed to take into the park, sell uniform parts ( hats, pants, extra shirts, ect…. ) to the park workers. Also get to wash aprons and towels that are used by the food and sanitation departments. Lots of odd jobs to keep busy but very boring.

 

This coming weekend the water park section opens, and I get to work it Saturday ( first day ) hoping it will be busy and fun.

 

Note to some friends that know me….  Yes I like being around small kids and babies. Yes I have fun watching families enjoy themselves, yes I think about doing bad things to some of the so-called adults. Question for the season, can I control myself for three months of full-time around people??