Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
Hanging out in Arizona for the winter...Casa Grande, Yuma, Quartzsite, Lake Havasu and who knows where else our travels will take us.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Emerald Cove Resort
2715 Parker Dam Road
Earp, CA  92242
April 2013, 12/11-12/17/2014, 1/22-1/31/2017, 2/15-3/1/2017, 4/18-4/24/2018, 1/4-1/9/2019

2019 Update - Always great customer service and the roads are getting even better.

2017 Update - Still no additional charges and they continue to treat us so wonderful...the roads were also worked on getting to the resort. It got so bad the last time we were here rattling that our grey tank shook loose but now the roads are much better.

2014 Update - Still no additional charges and they continue to treat us so wonderful here...it's amazing how the customer service here is so much better then many of their other properties since this too is associated with Colorado River Adventures.  The main company should have this manager train the others...

We had water issues several times during our stay and were told by neighbors that it has been going on for the few weeks they were here prior too.  While hooking up, Jerry ran the water as he always does and it began to come out like black soot...the maintenance man immediately came when we called and said they had been working on the water and will blow out the lines, he did and it fixed that issue.  A few days later while I was in the shower the water stopped and was off for about 10 minutes, I had to finish with our pump.

We paid $10 per night with our Coast to Coast membership, no additional charges for water, electric and sewer site on level gravel with a picnic table and barbecue.  Our Verizon MiFi and phones had great reception and for an additional charge they offered cable.

Our first visit we were crammed into a site on the second row from the lake where our neighbor’s awning was touching our rig and the other neighbor was using our picnic table to sit on while he washed his dog on our site.  We were not happy campers but it was convenient for us while we worked nearby and spent our days off here.

The cleaning people must have had the day or maybe the week off because the restrooms and laundry area were dirty and wreaked of a sour smell.  The smell is the water and even in 2014 it still has that smell.

The store carried all the conveniences including beer, wine, ice and even lottery tickets.  The Emerald Tiki Bar served breakfast, lunch and dinner with phenomenal pricing.  They also offered Karaoke and Happy Hour Specials on some refreshing alcoholic beverages.

We stayed here several times while we were working in the area during a slow time in between the winter and summer seasons.  Otherwise we believe this park will be packed with kids, toys and lots of activities in the River Rat’s Kid’s Club, more like a KOA on steroids.

If we are ever in the area we would stay here again, the location is great and being on the water is surreal but we would avoid it during peak seasons. 

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Friday, January 04, 2019

918 N Central Blvd
Quartzsite, AZ 85346

We paid $65.89 for two nights, using our Good Sam 10% discount, but then adding a 3% charge for using our credit card for a 30/50 amp, water, sewer, pull through site.

We believe we stayed here during our first years out traveling, but if we did then they must have done some major updates, this park is the best in Quartzsite. The customer service is outstanding. The upkeep of the entire park is fantastic.

The restrooms and showers were spotless and had a coin machine to control water usage.

Hardly any of the parks here have laundry facilities, but they do and it’s exceptional.

For any of our future stays in Quartzsite, we will be staying here.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

10657 S. Avenue 9E
Yuma, AZ 85365
4/5-4/16/2018, 12/24-1/2/2019

This is an Encore Resort, also Thousand Trails and accepts Passport America and is an almost exact replica of its sister park right next door. (Desert Paradise RV Resort)

Great laundry facilities and the game room was also nice...

The pool was warm the first day there but then the weather got hot and the pool got cooler, it was great. 

Wonderful customer service, the grounds are kept up nicely and it’s a quiet place to sleep, especially with our windows open. The sounds of the trains are still annoying and the interstate can be heard at night with the windows open but it was still a good choice of resorts to stay in the area.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

2018 Wine Tastings

During our travels, we pick up bottles of wine, not only in the grocery stores in different states, choosing the local brands that sound good, but also during our wine tasting excursions, as we taste them we will share our findings.

Cherry Moscato
Oliver Winery & Vineyards
Bloomington, Indiana

This was a bottle we picked up at a local grocery store while in the Midwest area that sounded delightful and it was. Montmorency cherries, which is a tart cherry balanced by sweet tropical Moscato with a spritz finish. This is on our list to purchase again.

Sweet White Expression
White Pine Winery
Fennville, Michigan

This was the 3rd and last tasting room in St. Joseph that we visited and had a hard time finding a good choice for us, most were not sweet and we felt rushed by the server, he was not very friendly. This has a peach, mango taste, with a Riesling flavor, a bit on the dry side. Because it’s so dry, we would not purchase this one again.

Pink Tutu / Sweet Rose
Lazy Ballerina Winery
Fennville, Michigan

Tasted this one as well while visiting their tasting room in St. Joseph and after tasting this one, we knew we wanted a bottle to take home. Mixture of sweet red and white grapes that will keep you dancing, hence the name. The next time we are in the area, we will stop at the winery and pick up more of this deliciously sweet wine.

2017 Lake Michigan Shore Traminette
Baroda Founders Wine Cellars
Baroda, Michigan

We picked this one up at a local grocery store while in the area and we love the light taste. Not sweet but definitely not dry, just perfectly blended as one of our favorites that we will purchase again whenever we find it. It is a hybrid of the Gewürztraminer wine which is one we have previously tasted and liked.

White Catawba
Lonz Winery
Sandusky, Ohio

Another local wine that is light, clear, crisp, and just a hint of sweetness, but no dryness at all. This will be on our list of favorites to purchase again.


Sweet Nita’s White
Lazy Ballerina Winery
Fennville, Michigan

We stopped at their tasting room in St. Joseph and after tasting this one, we knew we wanted a bottle to take home. Inspired by Grandma Nita’s “secret recipe” homemade white wine. It has a great aroma and the taste is perfectly sweet without being overpowering. The next time we are in the area, we will stop at the winery and pick up more of this delightful wine.

Pink Catawba
Ferrante Wine Farm
Geneva, Ohio

We went to their winery a few years ago and we loved this wine, so while in the area we picked up a bottle and we were not disappointed. Not too sweet, but definitely not dry, made only with the Catawba grape and has a great, light, crisp end.

Winter White Table Wine
Leelanau Cellars
Oneda, Michigan

The bottle was beautiful and the description was everything we like in a wine. There are no additional fruits added, just all grapes. It has a sweet beginning and an ending that is clear and crisp. This would be one of the wines we would purchase again, and when we get to Northern Michigan again, we will stop by their winery.

Raven's Glenn Winery - Sangria
Raven's Glenn - West Lafayette, Ohio

This was purchased because the bottle looked interesting, and it is so sweet, with a cranberry, plum taste. A very different fruity taste with elderberry extract, a 12% volume that kicked our butts, and is NOT on our list to purchase again.

Chalet Debonne Vineyards - White Catawba
Lake Erie Wine - Madison, Ohio

Clear, crisp and a fresh ending...definitely on our list to purchase again when we are in that area!

Oliver Winery & Vineyards – White Sangria
Bloomington, Indiana

Celebratory wine from our travels, sweet and spunky taste that we would definitely purchase again!

Tabor Hill Winery – Riesling
Lake Michigan Shore – Buchanan, Michigan

Rieslings are a different type of wine for us, there are times when many of them are sweet enough but many times they are not, this time it was somewhere in the middle. Fresh and clear tasting with a dryness at the end but not lingering. We would recommend it but we would probably not purchase it again since we do like the sweeter Rieslings.

Our Final Blog

It’s that time of the year when we complete the one year and move onto the new one with high hopes and anticipation knowing that this may be the year when we are finally able to do the things we love and not settle for less than we deserve.

We are still in Yuma, but we changed resorts on Christmas Eve and will be here through the New Year. It’s that game we play with our memberships, only two weeks at a time, then having to be out for seven. It saves us tons of cash, so we have learned to play the game well between two different memberships.

Jerry wants to thank you all for the birthday wishes, he now knows what it feels like to be in his 60’s as I do, and we will both be collecting retirement in 2019, finally having a safety net, that will be awesome.

We have had Amazon Prime for many years but have not taken advantage of all it offers. We use it mainly for the two-day free shipping, but also occasionally get free books and music, but besides those options we don’t use it. We decided that would change this year since our renewal was due last week. We researched all it has to offer and decided if we were going to renew it, we would use it more. Once we figured out how to pipe it through our TV which wasn’t as hard as we thought it would be, it has been a week of movie binging. Mostly comedies and action films, we don’t do gory and for love stories, well once we start to cry at this time of the year there would be no stopping the geysers. It’s been hard enough with some of the comedies having meaning or life lessons that make us tear up, we don’t want to take the chance of opening that Pandora’s box.

We are absolutely bored and finding work has been really challenging, not only for now but also for the summer. We think we have it all figured out and then the rug gets pulled out, right from underneath our feet. So typical for this time of the year, but we will stand tall and push through to the other, much better side. We are just so grateful that we have one another to pull each other out of sinking into that deep dark hole of despair that we usually fall into at this time of the year. The good news is there are only a few days left, then 2018 holidays will be over, and we will ring in the fabulous New Year. Our plan is to celebrate from our east coast TV station feed, since making it to midnight on the west coast where we are is doubtful for us. As usual it will be Jerry, myself and a bottle of champagne, already chilling…just the way we like it.

2018 was a decent year, no drama and not too much crap being thrown at us. It didn’t always go according to our plans, but we made the best out of what was given to us. We met some wonderful people, kept in touch with many old friends and had some incredible adventures. Our journeys took us to new and exciting places and we even revisited some of our favorite places. As for 2019, we have hope, lots of hope that our dreams will materialize, and we will relax and enjoy the ride.

We wish you all a spectacular New Year…we hope you all have great experiences throughout the year, that all your prayers are answered, your wishes granted, and your hopes and dreams become your everyday reality. Happy New Year!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Yuma Lakes RV Resort
6275 S Avenue 8 ½ E
Yuma, AZ 85365
3/9-3/12/2012, 1/3-1/8/18, 12/10-12/24/18

2018 UPDATE - They are still accepting Coast to Coast Membership and now that we have May it was nice staying way out in the middle of nowhere.

This is a Colorado River Adventures park which is a membership park that we used our Coast to Coast membership. We paid $10 with no additional charges for a water, electric, sewer, back-in, level, gravel site with free WiFi. Our Verizon MiFi worked exceptionally so we did not even log onto theirs.

We were greeted very nicely, even though it was early in the morning of our check in day, not a problem they escorted us to our site. Included with their brochure, they gave us a book that had information about the area and coupons from local area establishments to use during our stay, very welcoming.

They have all sorts of activities throughout the resort, shuffleboard, horseshoes, Bingo, pool and spa, and so much more.

There is a lake for fishing, but we were told we would need an Arizona Fishing License to partake. They even have a restaurant open all week long that serves some pretty good choices at a great price.

They have several laundry facilities and the one we were closest to was small, only a half a dozen washer and dryers and each time we came by there were people waiting. Thank goodness we were able to wait and do it at our next location.

The resort is old, but they maintain it well, several restrooms and showers were located throughout the resort, that were kept clean. If we are ever in the area again we would most certainly stay here.

Back when we were in our stationary lifestyle our home was decorated in the southwestern motif and since we had our own tile installation business, my favorite thing to do with tile was and still is mosaic. We created so many items with this design and for me it was like therapy and knowing just how time consuming it can be, it is appreciated when we see other creations. Here are just a few of the southwestern and other artwork that you will find throughout the resort.