Hi! Jan & Gary here.
We LOVE Vermont! Now in our 3rd year of retirement, we are implementing our plan to live on LESS than our retirement income…by volunteering as Camp Hosts at a Vermont State Park. Our first (and now recurring) assignment: Button Bay State Park on Lake Champlain. We have a cool RV site with full hookups and a spectacular view of the bay! We each put in 15 hours a week helping out around the park. Before the Memorial Day opening our days are spent mowing acres and acres of deep grass, as well as sprucing up the restrooms and cleaning out & stocking the storage rooms. Once the park is open we keep the restrooms sparkling clean and mow the open areas and campsites as they are vacated. We enjoy assisting campers and visitors with any questions they might have.
Our free time is spent biking, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the great state of Vermont. Volunteers receive a free VIP pass to all the State Parks (including camping!), as well as many museums and attractions.
2018 Update: After a very snowy winter of pet sitting in Massachusetts, we returned to Button Bay prepared for the same May rain as the previous two spring seasons. To our surprise and delight…it was dry! Mowing was amazing with no fear of getting stuck in the low lying areas! As the Summer has continued the dry, VERY HOT trend, Button Bay has been more popular than ever because of the wonderful swimming pool. Families continue to bring kids, who in turn, bring their kids. This is the beauty of Vermont State Parks!
Update #2: In the closing months of the summer season we came to the realization that, given our extended winter pet-sitting plans, it was time to downsize from our beloved Born Free 26’ motor home. The “Universe lined up” with a wonderful buyer, and we found the travel trailer of our dreams…a 13’ Scamp just a week later!
Our current “digs” for the winter/spring…a tiny “farm” in Annapolis, Maryland, with 2 sweet kitties and 8 chickens! Did we mention that fresh eggs are the BEST?