Horrible about updates, I have been. My apologies. Due to my ramblings on Facebook, many people already know the story... but for the sake of keeping everything (everyone?) up to date, here goes!
A little background on this WWOOFing (volunteer) program I'm in - in a
nutshell, it's an agreement to do volunteer work for 4-5 hours/day in
trade for room & board. These opportunities are everywhere, so you
can go to the location of your choosing.
Bill & Cheryl at DogWood Gardens near Fairbanks, AK were an excellent example of great people to volunteer for! And the time I spent there is my basis of comparison to other places I go.
That said, my brief 5-day trip to A Seaside Adventure near Homer was
not a good experience. It was painted as a beautiful paradise with
landscape and wildlife galore - this was very true. Some of the best
scenery I've ever seen in my life! Not true, was the workload. When
told I would be helping out with gear and the 2 guest cabins on site, it
was not said that I would experience 8-9+ hour days. Their idea of
"help" apparently meant, do it all yourself. For this, they need to
hire summer help instead of making use of the WWOOF program. I talked
to them about the workload, and the general response was indifferent -
very much like they knew, and intentionally represented themselves in a
false manner. I guess this isn't the first time that people have left
them early... of which I did.
I was given a generous
offer from Cheryl at DogWood to come back there if things turned out for
the worst in Homer. While I would have otherwise be thrilled to spend some
more time with her and her wonderful family, I chose to return
home. I was fried. It was a great few weeks up until this point, but I
Since being back home, I've been trying to find interesting work opportunities (while still trying
to stay out of the customer service/sales field). Between that and digging into some side aspects of my photography, I should be able to rake in a little bit more income.
Pictures from in and around Homer/Kachemak Bay/Tutka Bay areas:
Cormorants and Gulls
60 Foot Rock
Sea Otter with pup:
Views of Kachemak Bay:
View of the Seaside Adventure main house/lodge:
View from volunteer cabin:
Kayaking out in Kachemak Bay:
Seal with lunch!