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

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
Traveling...Resting...Relaxing...On Our Way Out West Somewhere...Where We Land Nobody Knows...

Monday, January 02, 2017

1600 Silver View Road
1501 Goldrush Road (GPS)
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
928-763-5500
12/20/2016-1/3/2017
  

We have been invited to stay here many times throughout our years of coming to this area but we just never did, but now that they offer Coast to Coast, we are taking full advantage.

We paid $10 in points with our Coast to Coast membership for a wide and long gravel site that included water, 50/30 electric, sewer, and cable. They also offered WiFi for a price. They did not add any resort fees, taxes or anything else to our total so all we paid was with our points which has become a rare find but a welcoming practice.


This resort is huge and has a spectacular view from high atop this hill. Where our site was located, we did not have any views but we were nestled in so we hardly felt the wind that is very usual for this area and had been frightful many of those days, and the temperatures were frigid most of our stay so even the pool and spa were not inviting at all.



It is nice having two choices in an area where we love to hang out at that we would highly recommend and will definitely be staying at again.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye…Hello!

Just by saying goodbye to one year does not guarantee that all the bad stuff will go with it and the good stuff will come with the New Year but people do it all the time. We, not so much this year, 2016 was not that bad of a year, not the greatest but certainly not the worse, somewhere in the middle of greatness.

We got to live this lifestyle a lot closer to how we love to live it then we have in the past 12 years of us traveling. We found work that allowed us to continue to travel and we have held on to some of them and plan to continue the extensive travel again this year with more to add in between.

Our New Year’s Eve plan is to hang out with one another, sip champagne and do some chatting with a slim chance of being able to FINALLY use our fire pit. We like to come to the desert during the winter and this year we chose Bullhead City. Since we arrived the first of December there has been wind…lots of WIND…rain…lots of RAIN…frigid temperatures…lots of FRIGID temps which has not allowed us to enjoy a few new toys we bought, a propane fire pit and a new BBQ. Yesterday we smoked some ribs and BBQ them but as far as the fire pit, it has been way too cold, or too windy, or too wet from rain for us to sit out and enjoy it but we hope tonight the wind and the rain stays away and we might be able to dress up warm and enjoy the fire for a little while.

From here our plan is to head to Palm Desert, California and work at the Sam’s Club for Lt. Blender. We will then head to Quartzsite and either work the show or just hang out, not sure which yet. Then in February we have nothing planned so we may hang out in Lake Havasu City, Arizona before we head back to California to work some of PepWear events in March and April. Then we added a new adventure…we are going to be working in either Michigan or Indiana at a Firework store for two months, May through July. For August, we have a few NASCAR races planned to attend before we head to once again work with PepWear at the BOA events. Should be a fun and adventurous year.
For now, we would just love to wish all of you the most fantastic New Year ever and we hope that all your dreams come to light this year. We hope you all focus on everything good in your lives and work on the not so good things without allowing them to take over and overpower the good choices you have made. Life is way too short to sit and ponder about the things that you cannot change, be the change and make the best of the life you have been given, and always be kind to others for we never know exactly how bad they have it since many are great pretenders and hide the hurt.


HAPPY NEW YEAR…MAKE IT THE BEST YEAR EVER!





Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ridgeview RV Resort

Ridgeview RV Resort
775 Bullhead Parkway
Bullhead City, AZ  86429
928-754-2595
3/19-26/2010,1/2-16/2012, 2/5-19/2012, 12/6-11/2014, 3/25-4/6/2016, 5/3-5/17/2016, 
12/6-12/20/2016


2016 Update – We could repeat ourselves totally as previous posts. Checking in is always a breeze with wonderful customer service. The wind is still frightful at times but how glorious it is to be so warm during the day and no sweater at night while enjoying the stars under clear skies. We just love it here. Even in May the pool was frigid but due to the 100 degree temps it felt wonderful, December...not so much.

2014 Update – We paid $10 in points and then an additional $3 resort fee plus taxes per night but our Verizon was perfect and worked wonderfully.  The wind was still an ongoing issue but not as bad as in the Desert Hot Springs area.


With our Coast to Coast membership we paid a little over $13 per night for water, electric and sewer, fairly level gravel site that includes cable and a patio slab.  The last time we were here they did not have any extra charges, but they now added a resort fee and tax to their price as many others do.  Even with that, $13 per night for a nice resort in a wonderful area is not so bad.  Our phones and MiFi worked fairly well, but they continued to switch from Arizona to Nevada time regularly, they offer Tengo Internet for a small charge but we just moved our MiFi around and it worked.


The laundry room has 10 washers & dryers and seems to be a very busy place but we found the time to use them.  The restrooms were well maintained but as usual we did not use them.



It was quiet and peaceful at night, but during the day every once in a while a loud plane would take off from the small airport that would shake the ground. 

The swimming pool and Jacuzzi was kept up well, even though we did not use them due to the weather. 



The people are very friendly, both the workers and the guests and it looked as if their rules were enforced, we never seen a dog without a leash and owners were picking up after them.



We will definitely stay here whenever we come through this area again and would highly recommend it to others.


For more photos, check out our Google + Web Albums.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WOW…Just WOW!

Time is really flying by, it is already December and 2016 will be over soon and our last post was back in the beginning of September…WOW!

What a ride the BOA was this year…

We had our week off break in the early part of our adventures and when we needed the time off the most during the Super Regionals we were traveling and working so we had no time for writing. The only writing we had been keeping up with has been our reviews.

The great news for this year is we are both still walking, no wheelchair for either one of us, but we were very tired when it all ended the mid part of November. Then without any rest we went into personal travel time to get us back out west to begin our next adventure in Bullhead City where we find ourselves already almost over with it. This time is very different then the last time we were here…the bags were flying off the shelf and this time not so much. The drinking, boating people are not here, only the locals and they are too much into the holidays and not enough into drinking frozen concoctions. But, we will muddle through and see what happens next.

We have decided that we will hold on to Maggie for a little longer but at this time, we are ready to purchase a tow vehicle but just haven’t found the right one for us yet. If anybody has a tow vehicle for sale or knows of one nearby us, please let us know.


The plan is to hang out in Bullhead City until the first of the year, then head to Desert Hot Springs for a few weeks working at Sam's Club, then to Quartzsite for the Big Tent Show, possibly working or maybe just hanging out. Then since this year again, we hope to NOT have to take a few months’ position at any resort who knows what comes next. We have our feelers out and we are open to most possibilities, so we will see what doors open!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404
928-764-2446
1/5-1/12/2010, 3/19-3/26/2012, 1/6-1/8/2014, 4/7/2015, 12/1-12/5/2015,
12/4-12/6/2016

2016 UPDATE
What a difference great office personnel does for the entire stay. We were greeted with a smile, and apology for not being at the office when we arrived so that we had to radio her to come check us in. Trust us, it was not an inconvenience waiting the few moments for her to make her way to the office. She then asked us...we have NEVER been asked and they have made it perfectly clear to us that as C2C members and not CRA members that we get what we get. We were given a spectacular site across the street in as how we put it, in hotzy totzy area of the park and we LOVED it. It felt as if we were in an entirely different park. It really didn't take much for her to make us feel like a millions dollars and that is all we ever ask for, just some common courtesy.

2015 UPDATE
Not much has changed...unfortunately the people at the main office of Colorado River Adventures are the same nasty people whenever we attempt to change our reservation within that 72 hour period.  They should all take notes from the people who are actually at the parks since they are usually very nice and accommodating.

In December we had a little run in with the lady in the office about our site...she put us in a site right next to another site that was occupied and overlapping onto our site with stuff and vehicles when there were many other sites available. We asked to be moved and she was outright rude but finally Jerry calmly convinced her to move us. As far as customer service at the Colorado River Adventures locations we are NOT happy with it but the price and location is right so we tolerate the incompetence of the individuals who seems are just unhappy with life itself.


We stayed all times using our Coast to Coast for $10 per night without any additional charges for a water, electric, sewer, flat, graveled fairly good size site. Our Verizon MiFi and phones roamed the entire time we were here but we were able to get our computer work completed without too much inconvenience.


This park is very well maintained with security everywhere, quiet, dark and very peaceful which made it great for a good night sleep. The staff and the guests were very friendly with loads of activities for one and all. We attended a few and had a blast, we even hit a few big jackpots at Bingo.


This park is separated into two parts across the road from one another, the east and the west. Both have restrooms, recreation areas and pools that can be used by all guests.


The laundry was on the main road and was actually used for the general public and only had 6 washers and 6 dryers which made it really inconvenient for us having to wait for availability. We remembered this from our first visit and did not plan to do any laundry on this visit.


If we are ever in the area again, we would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it but you have to be a member of Coast to Coast or CRA.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

1258 N Central Blvd
Quartzsite, AZ 85346
928-927-5296
12/2-12/4/2016


Using our Passport America 50% off membership we stayed 2 nights for the price of 1, a mandatory minimum stay required. We paid $12.50 per night for a flat, level, water, electric and sewer pull through site on gravel that included free WiFi.



It was a typical park in Quartzsite, no frills but the hosts were very accommodating and they did have laundry facilities. 

The road noise was apparent as it is in most of the parks here since they are mostly on the main highway in town. This one is the first one when you arrive in town on the right coming from Lake Havasu.

When passing through, we would stay again.

Friday, December 02, 2016

1511 E Florence Blvd
Casa Grande, AZ 85222
877-652-6278
11/26-11/30/2015, 11/25-12/2/2016


2016 UPDATE - We paid $21.05 for the same site as last year using our Coast to Coast Membership, only this year we took a walk and took pictures.

We paid $19.87 using our Coast to Coast Membership, resort fees and taxes per night for a level pull through site on gravel with water, electric and sewer that included cable.


This is your typical Encore RV Resort with all the amenities and plenty of activities. There are many permanent sites that are very well maintained and they do not have that discriminating 10 year older policy but there were not any eyesores throughout the over 700 sites either, so they are doing something right.




Again, no photos due to us just not having the strength to take a walk because of my continuous knee pain but it is getting better day by day.

We would highly recommend this resort and if we plan to stay in Casa Grande again we would definitely try to get in here with our membership.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Valley Vista RV Resort
1060 S Highway 80
Benson, AZ  85602
520-720-0024
2/11-2/18/2014, 11/24/2016

2016 UPDATE - We paid $14.46 using our Coast to Coast and additional taxes and resort fees for the same site as we had back in 2014. It was Thanksgiving Day so the office was closed but they left an envelope with our information. Customer service was fabulous over the phone since we just made the reservation the day before due to the windy weather which usually with Coast to Coast is unheard of but they made our reservation without any hassles. 


This is an Encore Resort where we used our Coast to Coast membership and we paid $13.32 which included a resort fee and taxes for a water, electric, and sewer on a fairly level gravel site.  It was nice not to be on top of our neighbor, some of the sites were a bit closer together but ours was wide and long.  They offered WiFi and cable with an additional charge, our Verizon phones and MiFi worked great so we did not need to pay the extra charge.


The landscaping was desert and well maintained.


The restrooms and laundry area was kept sparkly clean.




They had loads of activities since it is still snowbird time in this area but we like that we were still able to take advantage of our Coast to Coast membership.  The pool and spa was inviting but it was still a bit chilly for us to partake in the activity.



We would definitely stay here again if we are passing through but to stay for a long stay like a week there is not much to do in the area and there are no bike paths and the highway is too busy to feel safe.


Very rarely and especially in the middle of the night we could hear a faint noise coming from the highway and the train tracks, otherwise it was really quiet and dark.  The weather was perfect, warm days and cool nights, who could ask for anything more?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

740 Stern Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88005
575-528-5800
11/25/2015, 11/23/16

We paid $44.82, a little more than we usually like to spend for a spacious pull through site on a concrete slab with water, electric and sewer that included free WiFi and cable.

We didn’t get out to explore due to our circumstances but we are confident that all the amenities which are plenty are all very well maintained as was the manicured landscaping.

No photos due to our extensive travel, my knee injury and the consistent rain but our plan is to revisit for a few nights on our next travel through this area. There were lots of interesting places in the area we want to see, including a winery a block away and this place even though a little expensive is where we will stay and we highly recommend it to others.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tra-Park RV Park
3100 Moore Street
Pecos, TX  79772
432-447-2137
2/25/2014, 11/22/2016


2016 UPDATE - It's as if 2 years never passed, everything was the same...EXCEPT the price. We paid $28 for the exact same site as we had two years ago. Customer service was exceptional once again but the only reason we stopped here was the wind was awful and we were not making it another mile so we pulled off and found this place and then realized we stayed here a few years ago.


We paid $20.50 using our EscapeesRV Club Membership for a pull through/back in water, electric, sewer site on level gravel with a concrete pad.  The sites were really close to one another and were set up a bit strange.


They do have laundry facilities that are located in the office area and look as if they were maintained.  We did not check out the restrooms but they were available with a combination lock given to guests at check in time.



This area of Texas has been taken over by oil workers and this park is no different.  The area is a bit rundown and they have no amenities to offer. They only thing they were at the top was their customer service.  We were treated wonderfully and we felt safe but that alone would not be enough to bring us back to this park again.



Midland RV Campground
2134 S Midland Drive
Midland, TX  79703
432-697-0801
2/25/2014, 11/21/2016

2016 - We stopped in for just one night while traveling through Texas and things remained the same at this campground, no upgrades but just maintained. The entire area seems even more run down then it was a few years ago when we passed through then. The host was friendly and this time we actually got into the pull through sites but the way the posts are setup you are sharing so you are right next to your neighbor which we do not care for that type of setup. We paid $31.50 using our 10% Good Sam discount for a water, electric, sewer site on fairly level gravel.

2014 - The weather took a huge turn for us and it was frigid, wet and icy so unfortunately we did not take any photos…we were just relieved that they were able to squeeze us into a site.



We paid $27.20 using our Escapees RV Club Membership 15% discount for an electric, water, sewer, (which we did not hook up either due to freezing temperatures) back in site on a fairly level gravel surface.  Sites were backed into one another but were fairly wide so it did not feel like we were on top of one another.

This area as well is inundated with oil workers but we felt safe and were so relieved that they were able to find us a site since when we first walked in they said they were booked but this site was reserved for a long termer who just had not made it in yet.

The only amenities they have were laundry and restrooms that we did not take the time to check out at all.

We were greeted by very accommodating hosts that helped us to our site and were just as nice as could be.  But again this alone would not be enough of a reason for us to return again but if we were to find ourselves in the area again we would stay here.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Let Our VACATION Begin…

Not as if this all doesn’t feel all like a vacation already, we get a week off in between Toledo, Ohio and heading to Newark, Delaware where we plan to do much more sight-seeing.

For now, let us share with you the past week…

We were hoping to spend some down time on Lake Erie and the plan was to first visit, Huron, Ohio. A very small town located on the channel where ships go in and out of but that did not happen. We made our reservation to hang out at the Comfort Inn River’s Edge for two nights but when we arrived on Monday afternoon we seen that the place was locked up tight. They are closed for the season during the week but our reservation went through…since we were only 25 miles from our next location right on Lake Erie we were able to change up our reservation to Monday and Tuesday instead of Wednesday and Thursday, thank goodness. The strange thing is that when I attempted to cancel the original one where they were closed we were within the 24 cancellation policy and they were charging us…so I got all the information and sent it to our main office and letting them handle it. How crazy is that?

Instead we stayed at the Quality Inn in Port Clinton right on Lake Erie for two nights and had some great needed R&R. The water is our sanctuary and puts us into our happy places so it was great. 


They even gave us a room with a Jacuzzi, but it had a strange setup…no privacy and even after over 20 years of marriage, there are a few things we just do not do in front of one another so it was a bit uncomfortable.



The early morning as we were leaving Port Clinton, as I went to check the trailer lights lo and behold they were not working so we tried troubleshooting them ourselves checking connections, fuses and wires but found nothing so we checked around and there are only a few shops in this area and the first few we called were not taking any more business until early next week…ugh! We did not want to drive without our trailer lights since first it was raining and then to complicate the matter our trailer plates are expired, they are current but the tag was not put on the plate and we are waiting for it to be shipped to us by the main office. We finally found a place that would take us now but it definitely cost us but they were able to find the issue in just over an hour and we were once again on our way.

We stopped at the Hollywood Casino in Toledo and hit all sorts of jackpots, one major one so we are doing well. 


Life is grand and things are falling into place for us and all we hope is it continues so we can make our next phase in our lives a smooth one, whatever that next transition turns out to be...we still have no clue.

We had a GREAT event in Toledo, not only surpassing our goal but by bunches…KACHING!

Left Toledo and made it to Geneva on the Lake in Ohio for a few days of rest and adventures. We had such a marvelous time, hanging out on our patio meditating on Lake Erie, taking a Wine Tour and had a blast, we will write a separate blog on the wineries and our stay at the Lodge.







Things were going so well and we were really enjoying ourselves, all awhile we were keeping an eye on Matthew who if predictions were correct was going to be in our path for our upcoming adventures. Unfortunately, we listened to the initial predictions and began to change and even cancel some of our plans and that is when all hell began breaking loose for us. It always seems to happen to us that when we make decisions out of fear the Universe kicks us around, so it’s time to get back into the flow of our lives and get back on the happy train!