Taking a Job Call in Watsonville, CA: Pinto Lake RV Park

The best part about J.O being a journeyman lineman for the IBEW is that he has the privilege to choose which job call he wants to take.  Granted, this is not always possible (especially if you’ve been unemployed for awhile and the jobs are not coming in!), but this time for us it was.  Last week, J.O had received a few calls for jobs while we were up in Pine Grove,CA but none of them seemed to suit.   J.O wanted to get some distribution work since he had been working transmission for the past year.  He likes to keep a variety of work going so that he can stay sharp in every area of the trade.  This being said,  we decided to press our luck and hold out until he got the call for a job that sounded right for us.  This past Monday he received that call!

J.O was washing the camper and I had just walked down to the office at Gold Country RV to pay for another nights stay when the call came in from the hall.  They offered him a job working distribution, 5, 10 hour days a week down in a city called Watsonville, CA.  Sounded great!  I was able to get a refund  for that night and right away we started to pack up the 5th wheel so that we could leave within the hour. We would first head down to the union hall in Vacaville, CA where he would get his referral form and sign off on taking the job.

IBEW Local 1245

IBEW Local 1245

We made it to the hall around 1:00 and were back on the road by 1:30 headed to Watsonville.  Neither one of us had heard of this town, but we soon discovered that we had in fact passed through it before when we took a trip down to Monterey a few years back. It is a farming town that sits 20 miles South of Santa Cruz and 20 miles North of Monterey.  An ocean town that’s also country: sounds like our kind of place!

I started to look for RV parks right away and we decided to spend the night at Pinto Lake Park.  The park sounded small, but nice: on a lake, at a park, all back in sites on grass, all 30 amp and full hook-ups, free wifi, coin laundry and even boat rentals for a mere $35 a night.  Actually, it came out to be $37 as the Long Dog was a $2 charge.  The man I spoke with on the phone said that they would have room, but it was a first come first serve durning the week.  We arrived around 6pm and discovered that the park was fairly full!  To our luck, we were able to get a spot that also had the potential of being rented out over the upcoming labor day weekend.  We set up temporally for the night and decided we’d see if we liked the park enough the next day to stay longer.  Plus, so often the show-up site for J.Os work can end up being in a different location than what was originally stated; if this ended up being the case, that would also be a reason to move.  We would just have to wait and see.

Our Camp site at Pinto Lake RV

Our Camp site at Pinto Lake RV

The next morning, or I should say, later that night, J.O woke up at 2am to make the 4 hour drive down to Bakersfield, CA.  This is where the company’s head office is located and where J.O had to report to the first day to fill out paperwork, pick up new fire retardant clothing, and take the standard drug tests to start work. After all that was done he would drive the 4 hours back up to Watsonville to hopefully meet up with his new crew.  I did not envy him! One would think that with all the technology out there that he would be able to do it online…or at least a closer hub!  Crazy!

Long Dog and I spent the day walking around the park and then also looking up other campgrounds in the area.  I called a few and was very surprised that we couldn’t get into a single park for more than 4 consecutive days until the middle of September!  I knew that finding a campground for longer than a week this close to Labor Day would be a challenge, but the middle of September?  Didn’t kids go back to school last week? Needless to say, we have decided to stay the week here at Pinto Lake.  They have a 30 day limit on staying, so hopefully IF we’re still in the area in a month, we can get into one of the other campgrounds near by…on the ocean :) )

Pinto Lake

Pinto Lake

Long Dog and I walked around and realized how nice the park is.  You can’t swim in the lake, but you can fish and use a non-moterized boat.  There are lots of ducks everywhere and nice picnic areas.  We’re parked under a tree, so we have a good amount of shade and it seems to be nice a quiet.  They’re a little strict when it comes to dogs, such as, according to their rules Long Dog can not be left alone in the camper EVER.  Good thing we love him!

Pinto Lake in Watsonville, CA

Pinto Lake in Watsonville, CA

I’m excited for our new adventure here!  It’ll be fun to have J.O home at night and on the weekends (as of now :) ).  It’s such a beautiful area with lots to see and do!  The weather is gorgeous!  78, sunny and no humidity during the day and the lows are in the mid 50’s at night. I already found a good roadside farm stand that I’m going to really check out this week and look forward to exploring the town and the other coastal towns near by!  We’re both looking forward to various oyster bars in the area the fun piers in Santa Cruz.   J.O starts his first full day with the crew tomorrow, so of course I’m also excited to hear if he knows anyone from before and what everyone is like.  I think that we may have some other line family friends from past jobs in the area working for other contractors too!  Hopefully, we can connect and meet up!

 


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