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Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
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Monday, March 20, 2017

1600 Silver View Road
1501 Goldrush Road (GPS)
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
928-763-5500
12/20/2016-1/3/2017, 3/15-3/20/2017
  

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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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, 3/1-3/15/2017


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, March 01, 2017

Emerald Cove Resort
2715 Parker Dam Road
Earp, CA  92242
760-663-4941
April 2013, 12/11-12/17/2014, 1/22-1/31/2017, 2/15-3/1/2017


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. 



For more photos, check out our Picasa Web Albums.

Monday, February 27, 2017

KOA - Avi Casino RV Park

10000 Aha Macav Parkway
Laughlin, NV 89028
800-562-4142
3/2007, 1/2008, 12/2011, 5/18/2016, 1/2/2017, 2/25-2/27/2017

2017 UPDATE - We paid $24.19 for a water, electric and sewer pull through site on level gravel using our KOA membership. Same comments as below, they still have GREAT customer service and the place is well maintained. We would highly recommend this place and would stay if we are ever in the area again.


2016 UPDATE - We paid $20.16 for a water, electric and sewer back in site on level gravel using our KOA membership...Price was lower than 4 years ago! Same comments as below, they still have GREAT customer service and the place is well maintained. We would highly recommend this place and would stay if we are ever in the area again.

They usually have some pretty great deals going on at this park, this year we did not find any of the deals but with them not raising the price for the holiday, it was a good deal. For a water, sewer and electric pull through level site on gravel, we paid $27 for the holiday night and only $22 for the non-holiday/weekend nights with our KOA card which included free cable with several movie channels. We had a little problem with our MiFi roaming at this location, but for the most part it worked well and they offered free WiFi.


Standards are high at this KOA and the staff, including management was absolutely welcoming. Sites were pretty tight but the great views of the surrounding mountains with gorgeous sunrises, sunsets and really great neighbors surely made up for it.


The showers are hot and have a great setup, the laundry room was clean but always busy, and luckily we planned to where this time we did not have to do ours.




This is a great park and not only would we return but we would go out of our way to stay here again. One of the reasons is due to the meal deals at the casino, they offer 2 for 1 deals on the buffet several days a week and the food is really good.


Pet Policy – Limit of two dogs per rig. NO Pit Bulls, Rottweilers or Dobermans. It is the guest’s responsibility to dispose of their pet’s waste. Plastic bags are available.

For more photos, check out our Picasa Web Albums.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

10537 S. Avenue 9E
Yuma, AZ 85365
928-342-9313
2/1-2/14/2017


All of the sites are back in with water, electric and sewer on fairly level gravel. We chose our site mainly so not to disturb others because we would be taking our rig back and forth to work every day. It ended up being a perfect choice, we were not squished in like the rest of the sites because we did not have neighbors except for two nights during some sort of a rally they had going on.


The resort is well maintained and manicured, the staff was wonderful and there were lots of activities that we did not partake in since it was a work trip for us. But the area was peaceful and we enjoyed several nights out on our patio with our fire.



It is an Encore resort which is included in our Thousand Trails membership with an additional Max Pass included in our package. If we are ever in the area again, we would choose this place again.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thousand Trails
77500 Varner Road
Palm Desert, CA 92211
877-570-2267
1/4-1/17/2017

We were stuck between a rock and a hard place and our best choice at the time was to join Thousand Trails…

This park has first come first serve accommodations which we are told is the case for most of the Thousand Trails parks.


There are wonderful folks taking care of it, well maintained from what we could see since we do not use any of the facilities because we have our own in our home. The workers were always pleasant and helpful.




Roads are NOT wide and specifically has one ways since there is NO way for two vehicles to pass…it’s hard enough to allow walkers by while going down the roads. The sites are pretty much the same, they are long enough but not very wide which means your time outside is right on top of your neighbor’s sewer.


Right on the Interstate and the only available site we could find was an end one which gave us more room but it was nearest the highway. Did we mention the train just on the other side of the highway? Hardly ever blowing its horn, but the fierceness of it at times rumbled the ground around us. Thank goodness those noises stopped bothering us long ago and we were gone all day long at work, otherwise it may have eventually got to us.


We hope the other parks in this membership are better but it was what we needed at the time and we would stay here again but the sites really needs some major sprucing up.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Catalina Spa RV Resort
18800 Corkill Road
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241
760-329-4431
2/2010, 8/31-9/7/2012, 11/20-11/23/2014, 2/25/2016, 1/3/2017

2017 Update - THIS WILL BE OUR LAST VISIT TO THIS LOCATION...THE NEW OWNERS ARE GREEDY AND RUDE! We made our two week reservation through Coast to Coast because we were working at Sam's for 10 days. Upon arrival we were instructed to go and just find an open site then come back and settle up...the new staff was unorganized. After we settled in, we headed to the office which at this time were told, not only were they charging us our $10 in points but we would need to pay an additional $175 for administrative fees...ARE YOU KIDDING? We have paid an additional, up to $5 per night for fees but NEVER this much so we asked to see the manager, which was actually the owner as she introduced herself. She blatantly informed us that as Coast to Coast members, she could charge us anything she wanted and continued to be rude. So we mutually agreed that we would just stay the one night since it was getting late and we had already set up, but then would cancel the rest of our reservation without any penalties.

This place is a dive and from what we found out from other members they are trying to upgrade everything and that is why they are charging anyone they can to pay for them. So unless new owners take over and/or the outrageous additional charges go away, we will choose to stay across the street at a much nicer park with our Coast to Coast membership with NO additional charges.



We used our Coast to Coast membership and paid $15 for a FHU, not including cable or WiFi. This is mainly a membership resort with many retirees, we didn’t see any couples younger then us. Both of our neighbors had so much stuff around their sites that made the area look very tacky.



The facilities were a bit outdated and most of the areas had that old smell to it but it was kept very clean and everyone there was so friendly.



The pools and spas were filled with mineral water without the sulfur smell, they were open 24 hours and were used very often.



It’s a large park with all sorts of planned activities, plus they offered; putt-putt golf, tennis, shuffleboard, fishing and all sorts of other things to do.





The surrounding mountains makes for some spectacular photos. If we are ever in the area again, we would stay here.

Our next visit was on Labor Day Weekend in 2012 for a week and was not the wisest decision.  The weather was above 100 degrees and only cooling to 80 at night the entire time we were there and the park was nearly empty.



NOTE 2014 VISIT - It feels as if they just keep tacking on more charges without updating their resort at all.  Still old and musty and not very welcoming, the staff were great but nothing out of the ordinary. In the future if we have a choice between some of the other parks in the area we will try to get into them before this one but as a last resort we would stay here 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!





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.