STICKER COUNTRY / by brittany reinhard

Hi everyone! Well, its been almost two months and it feels wayyy longer! First, I can't believe I'm actually not in Florida. Second, I still can't believe I drove across the country (which turned out to be a way bigger country than i thought haha) days after buying a truck. and now live in California, of all places.   I really miss my friends, family and living in St Pete. I miss being close to stuff like Chick-fil-a and Target. I miss getting off work at 2:30pm instead of 5:00pm. I miss the great amounts of oxygen.   What I dont miss - the Florida summer weather, the intense humidity of living right next to the bay, and also the Florida summer weather.  What I find really interesting about the area we live in (Truckee, CA) is that this location is like the perfect picture of what western mountain life looks like. When I walk into the grocery store here (Safeway), 90% of the people really, really look like their from northern California. I don't know how to explain it. Maybe its the mens' long california hair and the fact that I'm the only one in this town that does not own a Patagonia jacket. There are Subaru mountain cars EVERYWHERE. And there are stickers everywhere. Like people cover street signs and whatnot with all kinds of crazy stickers. I thought St pete was sticker town. No, Lake Tahoe is sticker country.   As far as our job goes, its great. Definitely different from any job I've had before. Especially since I live here. Its like a little village, all of us workampers live right next to each other and we all get along great. They are some of the nicest people I've met. Our managers are great. My cats love it here - they can sit at the window and watch all the birds and chipmunks. They were a bit deprived in St pete as we lived on the 8th floor and we had no window sills, poor kitties. I like that we are in the forest and there are pine trees (all kinds of "needle" trees) and when its windy you hear the breeze through the needles. Its a cool sound. I love that we get an hour lunch and I can go fall asleep in my camper or my hammock right outside the camper. And I love our camper. Its like we live in a little fort. It reminds me of a show I liked as a kid, called Out of the Box - a show about this clubhouse made of boxes. What I dont like is that if you walk around or open/close the door, the whole camper moves and rocks. Not cool if Im taking a nap and Scott is doing stuff. Another interesting hurdle has been the fact that we have about 1 square foot of counter space in our kitchen.   Well I posted this mainly to keep track of my thoughts through this adventure and because I really wanted to post this picture I took at Chimney Beach on Lake Tahoe. I've never done slow shutter speed shots before so this was fun :)   

Hi everyone! Well, its been almost two months and it feels wayyy longer! First, I can't believe I'm actually not in Florida. Second, I still can't believe I drove across the country (which turned out to be a way bigger country than i thought haha) days after buying a truck. and now live in California, of all places. 

I really miss my friends, family and living in St Pete. I miss being close to stuff like Chick-fil-a and Target. I miss getting off work at 2:30pm instead of 5:00pm. I miss the great amounts of oxygen. 

What I dont miss - the Florida summer weather, the intense humidity of living right next to the bay, and also the Florida summer weather.

What I find really interesting about the area we live in (Truckee, CA) is that this location is like the perfect picture of what western mountain life looks like. When I walk into the grocery store here (Safeway), 90% of the people really, really look like their from northern California. I don't know how to explain it. Maybe its the mens' long california hair and the fact that I'm the only one in this town that does not own a Patagonia jacket. There are Subaru mountain cars EVERYWHERE. And there are stickers everywhere. Like people cover street signs and whatnot with all kinds of crazy stickers. I thought St pete was sticker town. No, Lake Tahoe is sticker country. 

As far as our job goes, its great. Definitely different from any job I've had before. Especially since I live here. Its like a little village, all of us workampers live right next to each other and we all get along great. They are some of the nicest people I've met. Our managers are great. My cats love it here - they can sit at the window and watch all the birds and chipmunks. They were a bit deprived in St pete as we lived on the 8th floor and we had no window sills, poor kitties. I like that we are in the forest and there are pine trees (all kinds of "needle" trees) and when its windy you hear the breeze through the needles. Its a cool sound. I love that we get an hour lunch and I can go fall asleep in my camper or my hammock right outside the camper. And I love our camper. Its like we live in a little fort. It reminds me of a show I liked as a kid, called Out of the Box - a show about this clubhouse made of boxes. What I dont like is that if you walk around or open/close the door, the whole camper moves and rocks. Not cool if Im taking a nap and Scott is doing stuff. Another interesting hurdle has been the fact that we have about 1 square foot of counter space in our kitchen. 

Well I posted this mainly to keep track of my thoughts through this adventure and because I really wanted to post this picture I took at Chimney Beach on Lake Tahoe. I've never done slow shutter speed shots before so this was fun :)