My story began many years ago growing up on the grounds of a renowned public garden. It’s where my love of the outdoors was born and cultivated.
I’m Lynn Amber – wife, mother, sister, cousin, in-law, friend, and aunt. I’m passionate about discovering new places, exploring the great outdoors, enhancing my writing, learning new skills and improving my photography.
I started this website for a couple of reasons: to create a journal of my adventures as I start the nomadic lifestyle of a workamper and to share my dreams, travels and photography as I wander around the country (and hopefully, at some point, the world) in search of the next new inspiration.
I launched this brilliant life changing plan at the ripe old age of 59. Crazy, right? There’s a saying in a one of my favorite novels, The Power of One, that goes something like this – “First with the head, then with the heart.” One’s approach to many facets of life should first involve using the mind – plan, strategize, rationalize, prepare – and then, move forward with your heart and let intuition, passion and determination drive you towards your goal. However, I do believe there are times when the heart should lead. My leap into the abyss of RV travel was definitely led by the “heart.” If I had waited until the rational side of me argued for moving ahead, I’d still be just dreaming of this lifestyle. This means I am often trying to repair this “heartfelt” decision with a toolkit of mindful maneuvers! 😉 Sometimes it works – sometimes it doesn’t. There are times when soul-searching causes me to reflect on my exodus from a 9-5 routine and wonder what I was thinking when I gave up my cushy job for an uncertain financial future. But then I look back on the adventures I’ve had over the past three years, and know that it is still the right decision. It’s not a fairy tale existence. It can be an emotional roller-coaster – but I’m in it for the ride.
One of the things that gives me great pleasure is tallying up my life work experiences. I think it’s the most effective way to define who I am. Here goes! I’ve staffed a drug store counter, worked the deli area at a Wawa convenience store, processed mushrooms in a cannery, and cleaned motel rooms, a planetarium and gym facilities. I’ve been employed at a recreation area renting out boats, worked a retail jewelry counter, welcomed patrons in a fitness center reception area and sold department store shoes. This was all prior to finishing college. 😊
After college, I patrolled a day-use state park as a ranger, and worked for almost a year as a second-shift truckstop waitress serving up diner fare to truckers along the busy Route 202 corridor in West Chester, PA. I maintained inventory control for the old Norcross card company, cared for plants at a landscape nursery, and started working for a tree company doing administrative tasks as well as grounds person duties. For many years, I designed and installed gardens for both residential and commercial properties and operated a tree nursery while raising two boys. (Yes, I consider that work just like day care employees do.)
In the last 20 years, I’ve greeted students as a receptionist in a college bursar’s office, functioned as a school library media specialist in a K-12 environment, and led a busy academic public services desk as an Access Services Librarian. Most recently, I’ve checked in campers at a U.S. Forest Service facility, worked the holiday season for an Amazon fulfillment center, processed metadata for historical photographs, provided customer service in a popular national park retail/grocery store, and served as a campground park ranger in Acadia National Park.
I’m flexible, versatile and a self-proclaimed idealist (always a dreamer)!
My hopes for this blog are simple – sharpen my underused writing skills, record our travels, share some of my passions with prose and photography, and have fun doing it! Welcome aboard!