Where We've Been (45 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (45 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
Continuing our trek to Cedar Hill, Texas to work PepWear beginning the first part of September...Until then we are working in Albuquerque at Sam's Club for Lt Blender.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

14305 Central Avenue NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87121
9/1-9/3/2015, 8/10-8/17/2016

We paid $15.94 using our Coast to Coast membership for a pull through gravel site with 50/30 electric, water, and sewer.

The customer service was amazing, especially for using our membership. Very rarely are we able to change and especially add a night to our original reservation without an act of Congress. It was wonderful when we asked to add a night that without hesitation and a lot of enthusiasm she said, “Yes, of course” and with a few clicks it was completed.

There was some highway noise since we were right off of I-40 but were able to drown it out with our fan while sleeping.

It was great checking out all the different types of RV’s on display.

The entire place had a nostalgic appearance to it that we were able to relate to many of the items they had on display.

There was a great pride that was apparent throughout the park that everything was maintained and kept clean and updated.

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

Monday, August 15, 2016

We Are SO Blessed!

Our lifestyle is truly becoming all about traveling and not sitting for long periods of time and even though this summer has been just that we have to continue to tweak it. We are still looking for work that will allow us to travel BUT there were moments in between our jobs this summer that we began to get short of cash but we did not panic we just moved on and it all worked out, as it always does.

We are still on the fence about where to go from here regarding Maggie, we now realize that she is killing us and needs to be dealt with quickly. She has been taking on water for years causing dry rot and expansion in many areas which in itself is bad but now we are realizing that the water has turned several areas into mold gathering spaces and us breathing it has caused some respiratory issues for both of us. We continue to clean up the mold we see but we know there are areas inside her walls that we cannot get into to clean but we smell it.

There is a light at the end of our tunnel…there always is…in just a few weeks we will be storing her while we drive the truck and trailer to the Marching Band Events and staying in hotels. All we have to do is get through these next few weeks and then we will have a few months to figure it all out. The money we make on this adventure could pay for something else but the question that still remains is the “something else”. Still not sure which direction to go with our new traveling home. Something smaller and with much better gas mileage is where we are leaning towards. We need to replace our mode of transportation as well since our bikes have taken a dreaded turn to destruction and we are sure we want to get a vehicle, no more bikes. The vehicle will either be towed by WHAT we still do not have a clue or one that we could tow a trailer…still not sure which way we want to go. Of course, the huge decision to be made depends on what we can possibly afford which sends us in directions we do not really want to take but it may be all we can do. Oh, if our lives did not always have to be led by our finances what a lovely world it would be…

Without our financial issues in our lives it would be perfect so we really can’t complain. With or without the money, our lives have been a dream and we are more and more grateful every day. We look at our photos, we look at our map with all the pins of places we have been, and our magnets on our fridge, as well as our tickets into many events we have attended and we are overwhelmed with appreciation. Life has really been good for us, especially these past 12 years of traveling.

The drama is gone, the stress has disappeared and we live our lives from a much simpler place that we both agree has made us love ourselves and each other deeper than we ever could have imagined.

Now we just have to trust that whatever we need for the next phase of our journey is there, we just need to see it and then claim it. Life is always what you make of it, you can choose to wallow, you can choose to hate, you can choose to feel like a victim, or you can dust off your big person panties and jump back into life and make the best of it with what you have at this moment…we choose the latter.

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

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2925 W Highway 66
Gallup, NM 87301
8/31/2015, 8/10/2016

We had passed through this area several times but never could find a decent park but now that we have we will be checking this place out in the future and we highly recommend it to others.

We paid $32.58 using our Good Sam 10% discount for a flat pull through site on gravel with 50/30 electric, water, sewer and free WiFi with a patio and picnic table.

The area was well manicured and very uniquely designed.

The restrooms and laundry area were kept clean and well maintained.

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

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

2760 East Butler Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
8/30/2015, 7/26-8/9/2016

Our initial visit in 2015 was just an overnight and even though we thought it was rustic and outdated we needed a place to stay in the area while we worked at Sam’s Club and this place was not only the closest but the cheapest so we thought we would give it a try. Mistake number one.

We paid $40 for an uneven, part gravel, part dirt, part asphalt site with iffy power, high pressure water (100psi), and sewer. NO cable or WiFi available.

When we first arrived at 11:15am the check in person was on the porch and bluntly told us we could not check in until noon. We smiled and said we would just hang around until then and she came around but said she needed to take a ride around the park to see her available sites.

On her return, we suggested a site that would be convenient for us because we would be taking Maggie to work with us daily because of our bikes were malfunctioning. She immediately said she could not give us that site but picked us out a great site in the rear of the park. This site was NOT level at all and was so enclosed by trees we could not find our signal for our DirecTV, then to make it worse it was among the full timers that were mostly hoarders. There was so much trash around these trailers that it was disgusting. We called her and asked for our original site and she said she could not give us that site but offered us two others…THE FIRST ONE WAS JUNK…

The other one was not so bad since the tree would be behind us and it looked more level then the first one we opted for this one. Within the first hour the breaker popped and continued to do it several more times so we went to the office, it now being after 6pm and the desk clerk said there was no maintenance onsite but would put in an order for the morning. Hopefully by changing out our worn looking electrical plug will solve the issue because we have a full work schedule ahead of us that we cannot continue having issues like this. They did not come by until after 5pm the next day but thank goodness we had come up with another plan by then, we plugged into the other sites box and called the office to let them know not to put anybody in that site…this upset them but we explained that we would not be without power all day. He tightened up everything and the power was fine after that for the rest of our stay.

We would definitely not want to ever stay here again but from the look of things it may be the best in Flagstaff...ugh!

For more photos, check out our Google Photo Albums

Monday, August 08, 2016

Can’t Remember the Last Time…

We crossed the desert in July but believe me when I say it is a memory that will stay with us for a long time. We now know what hell feels like and we don’t like it.

We could only do about 200 or less miles per day even with us leaving before dusk because within a few hours we were hot and so was Maggie. We didn’t want her overheating so we were checking into the resorts before 10am, turning the air conditioning on full blast and taking soaks in the cool pools just to keep our body temperatures at a reasonable rate. The nights were terrible since without the air it was stifling but with the air on all night my sinuses were almost unmanageable. It was not a good trip but we muddled through it. After about 5 days we made it to Williams where we hung out for about a week until we needed to head to Flagstaff where we worked a few weeks at the Sam’s Club for Lt Blender selling those wonderfully cool and refreshing cocktails in a bag.

The weather has been wonderful in Williams and Flagstaff, highs in the lower 80’s and night lows in the lower 60’s and even some in the uppers 50’s. Since it is Monsoon season it has been a daily thing for the lightning and thunder to start and then the pouring rain to drench the area but otherwise it has been perfect weather. We are not complaining about the rain, it is refreshing and nothing scary as it is back east but we have had enough, even if the locals say they want more.

There seems to be something in the air lately that is causing us to be in a crappy zone in our lives that is out of our control. We are finding ourselves in issues that we can’t fix and all we can do about them is to just suck it up and let them go. Usually we are able to do it without any problems but lately we are almost at our wits ends and getting tired of having to learn through our experiences. Lately the only thing we seem to be getting out of these nuisances is that life is not fair and that is not fair since we have been struggling ALL of our lives and had hoped that once we reached our age now that things might just come a little easier. No big issues just little ones that are adding up really fast…bikes breaking down…issues with Maggie…terrible customer service given to us…money running low…WE WANT OUT OF THIS CYCLE AND GET US ONTO A BETTER ONE NOW. We need to get back into the flow in our lives…

The customer service issues have been weighing on our minds, especially because we were surprisingly let go from a job years ago due to OUR bad customer service that only happened that one time. Now we seem to be getting terrible customer service that is 100 times worse than we gave during our hard times but they get away with it and we never did…NOT FAIR! Sometimes we both just want to lay on the ground, stomp our feet and scream” IT’S NOT FAIR”.  Oh to be a kid again when life was simpler and there were no bad memories of the past because there was no past yet.

Please send your good juju vibes our way to help get us out of this funk we have landed in, we will open our arms to all of them…keep them coming!

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

601 W Franklin Avenue
Williams, AZ 86046
9/26/2008, 7/23-7/26/2016

We stayed our first time in 2008 and really enjoyed it so we chose to stay again during this adventure. They do accept Passport America which would have taken 50% off the price but there are a few months of the year that the membership is not valid and July is one of the months.

We paid $43.10 using our Good Sam 10% discount for a back in site on asphalt with a picnic table, 50/30 electric, water, sewer, and WiFi which was very patchy and absolutely not reliable at all. The sites are long but not so wide so we were very happy to have an end site which makes it feel so much wider.

We did our laundry which is located in the restrooms/showers area and we both agreed that it looked as if nobody uses their own facilities. All day and all night there are people in and out doing their thing but the area was kept clean by the staff.

They offer shuttle service to several areas around Williams that this visit we did not take advantage of but it really is a great convenience, especially if you want to use the pool that is located at the hotel which many people do.

Jerry loved that our site was directly on the railroad tracks which was nice during the day when Jerry could wave to the train, but was not so nice in the middle of the night when they blew their horns and not only could we hear them, we could also feel the rumble.

SPECIAL NOTE – The registration area is across the road from the park itself and many including us even after being here a few years ago, pulled into the park and finally had another guest have to tell us where the office area was located. There were several others while we were there that did the same thing so take note if you plan to stay here.

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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

514 East Route 66
Williams, AZ 86046

This place was not here on our last visit and what makes it an extremely delightful adventure is that it is located on the far end of the town of Williams out of the hustle and bustle area.

It opened a few years ago when the owners found this old gas and service station up for auction and thought it would be a perfect place to display the recently restored jet black 1967 Pontiac GTO and learned all they could about the beer and wine business and created South Rims Wine and Beer Garage.

One of their top business practices is to hire staff and servers that are knowledgeable and personable and it showed with our server, Miranda. She was a perfectly marvelous server who gave us the right amount of conversation and checking on us without being overbearing. We learned she is a student paying for her extravagant tastes in her life and plans to travel as we do someday.

When we wine taste we do not like to fill up on food so we chose the “Charcuterie and Cheese Tray” which is a gourmet tray featuring an assortment of three Italian meats accompanied by a selection of three specialty cheeses, garnished with olives, peppadew sweet peppers, and served with fresh baguette slices. We had so many favorites but if we had to pick one it would be the peppadew sweet peppers with their firmness and they were pickled with flavorful spices. The baguette was warm, soft and crunchy with a touch of olive oil throughout which was marvelous.

As for our wine tastings, they call them flights which is 2 ounces of 4 different wines so since it was so much wine we chose to just do one flight to share.

Our first choice was the Riesling 2014 – Summer Rain, Su Vino Winery, AZ – A cool Riesling accentuated by the mouthwatering crunch of ripe tart green apple that was fresh, light, smooth, crispy, probably the best Riesling we have ever drank. This one we would absolutely purchase.

Then we tasted the Riesling 2013 – Truth or Consequences, WA – The aromas show an intense hint of lime, peach and fresh apricot which was really dry with a potent lime finish that overpowered any of the other fruits. We would not purchase this one.

Then onto the Cagnina Di Romagna 2012 – Adesso, Italy – Sweet and tense berry flavors, that had a light, dry aroma but then a wow effect that was shocking how sweet but a clear tasting red it is. We would absolutely purchase this one in the future.

Our last taste was the Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 – Klinker Brick, CA – Aromas of black raspberry & other dark fruits, mint, and spice, flavors of vanilla & caramel that started sweet then went dry fast and then stayed dry but it was better than the Zin’s we tasted in Lodi but would not purchase this one either.

Our wonderful server brought us a taste of the White Merlot – Kokopelli Winery, Tempe, AZ – Bright pale crimson color. Bold strawberry sorbet and honey aromas with a tangy light-to-medium body and a pure crisp finish that showed us we should not be afraid of Merlots anymore, at least not the White Merlot’s that we would definitely purchase this one.

We highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a comforting time while hanging out in Williams, Arizona. Whether you are a wine or beer drinker, you will not be disappointed.

For more photos, check out our Google + Web Albums.
1900 E Rodeo Road, Route 66
Williams, AZ 86046

We paid $22.25 per night using our Passport America 50% discount for a limit of 5 nights for a flat back in site on gravel with 50/30 electric, water, sewer, cable and very slow WiFi.

This place is so quant and also rents out Railcar and Caboose Suites, as well as RV Sites.

They are very accommodating and friendly in the office area, the only issue we had was since we were still on our trek across the desert we tried to get checked into our site around 9am and they were full the night before so asked us to come back around 11am, so we went to town and had breakfast at Jessica’s Family Restaurant. You can check out our separate review of the restaurant.

Since it is Monsoon season in this area we had thundering storms coming over the mountains every afternoon which for us was wonderful. These storms do not scare us as much as they do in the east so we looked forward to them. The weather was cool, in the 80’s in the day and 50’s at night…loved it and so happy we were out of the heat.

Our biggest issue here was and is not the fault of the resort but instead of the stupid people who refuse to obey the Pet Rules which are clearly written on the brochure. We found dog poo on our site several times during our 5 day stay even though it is clearly written that owners should take their dogs out to the forest and not allow them to go in the park. We also encountered several dogs off leash and owners allowing it to happen and just spurting out some lame excuse. We love animals but we are really starting to dislike many owners due to so many of them blatantly disobeying rules that are made so that everyone can enjoy their stay. It has been really hard for us to enjoy our patio due to how many times this continues to happen.

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