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

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

Saturday, June 21, 2014

HELP WANTED - Are You Interested in Working Fireworks?

When we were looking for work these past few weeks, we went to several websites that sell fireworks and submitted our information.  Many of them never advertised in the areas of the full time travelers like us and never heard about our type of workers and now that we found work we are being contacted from some of them.

If any of you are in the area and would want to work a Firework Stand in Connecticut, please contact me immediately for more information.  This opportunity sounds better than any of the others we have been in contact with, they will pay for your RV at a nearby park or a hotel dependent on how you travel so you will not have to stay on site all night.  That was always our big issue.  They have a locked storage container that you load and unload daily into the tent to sell the merchandise.  You can make about $3,000 for about 10 days of work.  Opening day is June 25 and July 4 is last sales day but will have to inventory on July 5.

If we had not already committed ourselves we would have jumped on this opportunity and we plan to keep in touch and possibly work for them next year.

Gainfully Employed Once Again

Well we hung in there and things turned around…as they usually do if we just hold on tight and enjoy the ride while it is running amuck.

We have learned that to get what you what we have to speak up, not aggressively but assertively and once the shock wore off of being told we were not qualified we not only sent emails out to several different opportunities we also sent an email and phone call to the place that said we were not qualified.  We even sent one to Bayley’s to let the owner/general manager know exactly how it all went down but we have not heard back from them which in all honesty we did not feel that they would get back to us since they are aware of the Restaurant manager’s attitude and for the most part just brushed it off.  We will be sharing our review of the entire situation in a separate blog.

But back to the good news…

When we applied at Saco KOA we spoke with the managers who have managed it for about 4 years but for the original owner who sold it and Sun Communities took it over this past April.  Living in this lifestyle for over 10 years we have never had to jump through so many hoops to work a few months at any place but we were willing to do all of this because we hit it off so well with the managers and we could see that we could help one another and we wanted to stay in the area.

A few days after we left there we received a call from the managers and was told that the corporate office was now changing things and they would now consider us once again.  At this time we had already committed ourselves to jumping back on with Scootaround for the Indiana and Kansas Fairs so we informed them we would love to come now but only until the end of July and they agreed.  After a few more days of paperwork being passed back and forth we were hired, well we still need to take the drug test on Monday but unless they test for Advil and wine we are in the clear.

We got settled in on Friday and were greeted with hugs and good vibes from all.  We start working today, I will be in the Office/Registration/Reservations on evenings and Jerry will work dinner at the Merry Moose, then he will be security until around midnight.  We decided that even though I will not get paid that I would join him once I shut down the office at around 10pm and hang out with him driving around doing security.  We have always loved doing the night security together as we have at many of the NASCAR events, this will be a bit tamer so we will really enjoy it more.

We will be working 6 days so as far as visiting the area there will not be much of it, but we will be able to put away enough in our gas fund to begin our journey back west.  We will be stopping in Indiana to work the fair, then another stop in Kansas to work that fair and then back to work pumpkins in Southern California.  It feels as if life is back on track once again, we just pray Maggie makes this journey west without any major issues.  Keep your prayers coming!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thank You…Thank You…Thank You!

Thank you all for your donations, your prayers, your thoughts, your suggestions.  Your help has made us once again understand that we are not alone and there are good things and wonderful people out there.

Being so self-absorbed in our own issues these past few months just got us deeper into the hole of despair and we apparently needed a big kick in the ass which we got and believe it or not we are grateful…yep, figure that one out! 

That deep hole of despair is gone and that is because of all of our friends and followers!  But, the biggest thing we are taking from this is to get back to being a part of the bigger picture of our lives.  To once again be so grateful for all the things we have and to share in our success and stop being so damn jealous of what others have.  We have learned that we need to get out of our own way at times so that things do not feel so dark and ugly all the time.

We have been able to line up work beginning the end of July all the way through December that will get us back across the country and its work we love.  At this moment we are still in limbo about any work for now but we do have a few leads which we feel will work out within the next few days but until then we are keeping our heads high and will not dive into that black hole of despair.  Things always happen for a reason and we know they always work out eventually if we just allow them to get there.

We driveway mooched for two days and did some sight-seeing with our hosts, Al and Linda Coffin who have been following our blog for over 8 years in preparation of doing it themselves which they have now been on the road for 5 years but also have property in Maine.  They do not have a blog but we are friends on Facebook but now after hanging out with them the past few days we are friends for life.  We will be posting a separate blog about our time with them.

We have moved on and are now paid up for the next 5 days at one of our Coast to Coast parks in the Old Orchard Beach area, we have food to eat, a roof over our heads, great weather, great friends and we have each other.  For now that is enough.

We are keeping on top of any leads we get just in case these few we have currently in the works do not blossom but we are sure one of them will within the next few days.  We cannot wait to give you all the great news since you have all been so kind and encouraging for us.  We will keep you all updated!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Driveway Mooching

We hardly ever driveway mooch but we were in distress mode due to the circumstances and we really wanted to meet with Al and Linda before leaving the area so we headed over there for a few days.

They are full timers, even though they have property in Maine, the house is used by their daughter and grandchildren and they stay in their 5th wheel in the driveway and head out when winter arrives.  They have been following our blog for over 8 years while they were still in the planning stage and then began full timing 5 years ago.  They do not blog but we became Facebook Friends and keep in touch through that social network.  We have been crossing paths many times throughout the years but just were never able to meet up with one another.  They were in Quartzsite one year and came to where we were working but the lines were so long they didn’t want to bother us.  This happens so often in this lifestyle but it’s always nice when the meeting finally takes place since from following one another it’s as if we already know one another anyway and that is exactly how this meeting took place.


In this lifestyle we have only met one couple that we could not relate with, others we like and then there are those who we have such a connection with that it ends up being a lifetime friendship and the latter is exactly how it was with them.  Our conversations were entertaining and never stopped and then they shared the area with us.  They were the perfect hosts and perfect guide tours.

Our first stop was Fort Williams Park…






The ocean views were spectacular…





The Lighthouse views were breathtaking…






We then took a ride to downtown Portland where we had a small window to visit since apparently they were filming some sort of Zombie movie and were closing many of the streets but were open for an hour and a half for lunch and we took advantage and checked it all out.  Jerry and I were surprised and Portland was nothing like we pictured, we thought it would be much smaller and more quant then it is.


Loved the buildings and some of the houses in the area…







Of course we are never disappointed with the ocean views…




Our next stop was what is known as Hacker Hill, a local attraction where a tree was struck by lightening and created this cross.


We were amazed at the wonderful breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, there were even a few with snow still on them…imagine that in June!





Our tour guides then took us through Naples which is a small quant town that had so much character and so many things to do.



Take a ride on the Songo River Queen II, or maybe a plane ride…


Or just hang out and enjoy the lake views…




Whatever you do, this is definitely a place to spend more time and visit.

Our last stop was visiting one of the locks in the Naples area and we got lucky and there was a boat that was going through it.




The day was fabulous, spending time with new friends, talking and enjoying a campfire through the night.  What more could we ask for?  Exactly what we needed at a very stressful time in our lives.  We are so grateful for finally meeting up with them and we know that we will continue this friendship for a long time while passing one another along the way in our travels!

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Reaching Out

Well things have just got worse then we could have ever imagined and we are so stuck and almost out of hope.  Things have been going so wrong in 2014 but we kept holding on but now we are almost out of hope and prospects. 

Our job was not all that it was told to us that it would be and now we have no job at all.  We are not sure we were fired but we were taken off the schedule.  We have had issues for weeks now and have been trying to get more hours as we were told we would have but then things got worse.  All the promises were not followed through with and schedules changed all the time and then on our last days off we left as we had done before several times and spent the night away from the campground we tried texting and calling our manager to find out when our next scheduled day was and he would not reply.  We called over a dozen times, left messages and sent texts but nothing.  So in the meantime while we were out we found other work and was going to start immediately so we picked up our last check and went to the new job.  That is once again when things got crazy and all screwed up.  Seems like this campground was just purchased by a company so the hiring process was long but they offered to have us stay at the campground until the process was completed.  We got to know the managers and were sure that we would have a great time finishing off the season there instead.  But then we were told that the corporate office told them that we were not qualified and even though the managers fought hard we were not able to be hired.  We are in shock, we have never been not qualified for any position, especially within a campground.

Anyway that is where we are left at this moment…

No job…no place to stay…less than $300 in our pockets…no credit cards…no line of credit…bills due (phone, insurance and DTV)…1/2 tank of gas…Maggie still in need of some TLC but might just make it to our next destination if she would only run on air instead of gas we could go a lot farther.

We have exhausted all of our efforts in finding work and we just want to go home…oh but wait we are home!  We have found other work out west and other areas but we do not have the means to get there right now, crossing country again would take a few thousand dollars and that is without any complications from Maggie and we just do not have it at this point.

We are currently in Southern Maine still in the Scarborough area and if anyone knows of anyone that might be able to give us some work we would truly appreciate it and if you can find it available to you please add to our travel fund…we are so desperate and promise to pay it forward once we are back on our feet again.

We are able to stay at a friend’s home for a few days and then use our Coast to Coast membership to stay at a park nearby for 5 additional days which we had some points already on our card but now they are gone.  The season is about to take off in this location and all campgrounds as of the first of July are highly over-priced if we could even get into any of them.  We are good for a week now and we are sure that things will happen for us, they usually do but we also know from late experience that those things can be bad as well.


Anyway if you can please help us out and keep us in your prayers that we get the funds to continue on this journey we would deeply appreciate it.  For the first time in a very long time we are scared that things will not turn out well for us and that has been a very hard thing for me since I tend to be the positive one but lately I do not see the light at the end of the tunnel and am really beginning to feel a hopelessness I have not felt in such a very long time.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

June Has Arrived

But you sure couldn’t tell by the weather.  Since we have been here we have yet to put our heater or any of our winter clothes away.  Yesterday it only reached 55 barely and with the rain constantly it stays cold and unfortunately it is the same forecasted for today and these are our days off.

Our first busy weekend was Memorial Weekend and it flew by, we so love it when it is busy.  It wasn’t as busy as they have been saying it would be but sales were up from last year.  We think there is a difference between what some people consider busy and also being chaotic makes it seem as if it is busy when it really is not.  Anyway it was nice to have customers and not just looking for something to keep us busy.  Suppose to go back to not so busy for the next few weeks but then Father’s Day Weekend kicks off the busyness for the rest of June, July and August and when we are finally open 7 days a week and we may just get some hours.  We both have Wednesday and Thursday’s off and unfortunately I also have Monday’s and Tuesday’s off since the restaurant is only open on the weekends right now, thank goodness Jerry is able to work in maintenance on those days. 

We have both been feeling sick and we think part of it is a cold and another part is allergies but we also feel some of it may be due to the mold and we are trying to get it all under control but the weather is not cooperating.  We were able to finally get all the supplies we need to take care of the issues but now we are waiting for a dry day when we can tear apart the upper area and take care of it all.  Even with our dehumidifier working 24/7 we still have a lot of moisture in the rig and it’s hard to stay on top of it all and every time we think we may have all the leaks finally taken care of we find more.  Oh well we are done sweating the small stuff and right now all we can do is laugh!

We had our first whole Maine Lobstah’s and unfortunately we were unaware that they sold females.  Our first two were males and they were yummy but then we cracked into the females without knowing there was a difference and the eggs are bright red and it sort of looked like those wax lips from years ago.  Needless to say we were grossed out and now decided we will fill ourselves up with Lobstah dishes or as we found out we can order “Lazy Man Lobstah” which means they take care of all the cracking and we can just enjoy the rich tasting flavor of the meat.  So far we have had Lobstah Pizza which was great, Lobstah Omelet which was also fabulous and our next taste will be the Lobstah Roll.






On our time off we have taken bike rides to the beach and the local towns but not much more than that and we are hoping to begin touring the area within a few weeks once we get caught up on our finances which has been a bit difficult until we start getting more hours. 

We are definitely struggling, not just our finances but our attitudes are pretty bad lately and we are working hard on them so the tudes do not take over and we take that plunge into the dark hole of life.  Thank goodness we have each other and we are helping one another overcome this situation we have put ourselves into and attempting to come out the other side very soon without losing ourselves completely.  We definitely still have our sense of humors and continue to laugh at ourselves and the situations that continue to come into our lives.  We also have very strong wills that will keep us afloat during all these times but just once we would really like if the light at the end of the tunnel was a bit closer and brighter then it seems to be at this moment.  We know we will make it through this time again as we have so many times in our lives but this time we hope will be the one time that when it is all said and done that we finally reach a stage in our lives that we can look back and say it was all worth the journey!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

All Work and No Play

Since we are still attempting to regroup from our journey across country and our schedules are a bit wacky, we are not doing much sightseeing around here.  We have taken a few bike rides in the area and have found some good and then not so good roads to bike on.

Something happened along the way to us living this lifestyle that we are currently not too content with.  Somewhere in the middle of this 10 year journey we were adventurous and we loved our lives, but now we fear…we fear the weather…we fear running out of money…we fear we won’t find work that pays us enough to continue…we fear our health.  We need to find our way back to those middle years that we so enjoyed our lives instead of fearing everything.

What we need to do is to live in this moment and stop reliving the past or trying to predict the future.  Today, right now is all we have and if we do not live it to the best of our abilities then this moment will soon become a memory, a bad memory at that.

Life doesn’t always give us what we dream and work towards, we know this from experience.  We have worked hard to get our lives on the right path but we always seem to fall short of how we would like it to be and instead get something that is not even close to how we thought it would be but we continue to dream and build from that point.

Looking at others it seems as if they live the lives we would like to live.  Not in an envious way but in a curious way.  We look at them in hope to find the answers to help us to get closer to that dream lifestyle we can see in our hearts but have yet to be able to bring out to make it our reality.

Fighting the demons within is a hard path to pave and it seems we are no closer than we were 20 years ago.  We have not truly lived the life we have wanted and we do all we can to change it but we always seem to fall flat.  Even though we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back in the race to fight another day we are getting tired and discouraged that our lives will ever be the way we have dreamed about.

That is when we wonder if we hold higher expectations than we should be holding?  But isn’t that how we are supposed to get to the higher lifestyle is by first seeing it, then believing it, and then going for it?

We are 56 years old and we are tired…tired of struggling…we just want to be able to live an easier life where we are not constantly making our decisions by how much money we have at that moment.  We thought we had made it through that part of our life lessons but it seems life has more for us to learn about being broke all the time.  Even if we wanted to, we could not move on at this point and that is a feeling we do not like to have forced on us.  We think we are going to like working here this summer and checking out all the areas that we have dreamed about but we do not like being in the situation that we are stuck here at this point until the work checks begin to come in weekly. 

Our plan was to visit the areas during this off season time when we are not working 40 hour weeks but we ran out of money during our trip across country so now we are still barely getting by with what is coming in.  Once the season begins we will have many, many more hours and the checks will be substantially higher but we will not have the time off to visit these areas, plus the area will be much more crowded than it is now.

We both know that it could be worse and we really shouldn’t be whining about this little stuff because there are many others who have it so much worse than we do but at the same time there are many others who have it so much better than we do too!  We just would like to know how the other side of being broke lives and we would just like to be able to live it for what is left of our lives.

We played the Maine Lottery because we have heard from a few different folks around here that they have hit it big recently and we would like to be one of them that can say the same.  It feels at times that hitting the lottery is the only way for us to get out and stay out of being broke because working and traveling the way we do is not bringing us any closer to making a comfortable living.  We wonder at times how we even are able to make it at all with the small amount that comes in but we always seem to manage to make it work for us but the struggles are back and we want to be back on the gravy train of our lives as we had been for the most part in the past few years.

Okay, there was the whining and now we both know the next step is to stop concentrating on our lack and be grateful for all the great and wonderful things that are right in our lives.  By doing this it opens up avenues that we could not see with all the fog in our minds but clearly we are very blessed to have each found the love of our lives, our health with just a few aches and pains and we are so grateful for having Maggie who holds herself together through some really trying times.

There are so many more things that we have to be thankful for and it really feels good to be back on the path of being grateful instead of focusing on the lack.  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Phill Cook’s Passing

A very dear friend of ours passed away last week and we would just like to say a few words about him.

He gave me away at our wedding because I had no family and he was the closest thing I ever had to a father.

They called him the Silver Fox and that is what the name of his bar was that I was Assistant Manager and bartended and where I ultimately met the man of my dreams, Jerry!

He also was one of our first customers when we began our tile business and sent us loads of customers.  If it was not for him we can honestly say that we would not have met, married or had such a successful business.


We thank him for all the wonderful times we can reminisce about and we know that his presence in this world will be sadly missed.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Fun is on its Way!

Since we were over a week late to Bayley’s our work shifts began the day after our arrival.  There have been a few changes in our expected scheduling but we are hopeful that it will still work for us.  First, right now Jerry is not just cooking but he is doing some maintenance chores while they are still opening the campground.  It is open for business but there are several projects and he is assisting with them since the restaurant is only open the weekends until after Memorial Weekend.  My change is that I will not be working in the bakery the entire time.  The person that was not going to return changed her mind and she will be working in the bakery full time while I fill in on her days off and my other days and or nights will be working the register in the restaurant.  It gives us both a variety of things while we are here as long as they will make sure we both have the same hours and days off which is what really matters to us.

Since the restaurant is closed most of the week, Jerry is helping with maintenance and our days off will be Wednesday and Thursday and we plan to do some exploring on our bikes.  We are less than a mile from the ocean and we have not seen much of the area and there are so many things for us to do that are close by until we take Maggie for a ride in a few weeks.


For now we are allowing Maggie to dry up which is a bit difficult since it has been raining every day.  The floor under our bed that made it all the way out into the kitchen area from the way we were sitting in the junk yard is dry but we can really feel the squishiness in several areas that we will need to investigate before we take her out for a ride anywhere. 

We have several major decisions to make but we feel at this moment we have time to make them.  We will be settled in here for a few months and in the meantime we will work through all the issues that came up during our 3 month journey across the country.  For now we will just relax and try to enjoy our time here and possibly learn to get back on the positive ride that we have held onto for most of our lives.  It’s going to take us some time to get back into believing and holding on, we know we will get there but it just seems as if it will take longer than it usually does since this was a major hit on us. 

Our two days off we took bike rides, first to Walmart where halfway back Jerry got a flat and he had to walk it the rest of the way.  I went ahead of him to get the pump but there was a nail puncture in the tire so we inflated and he rode it a bit, we inflated and he rode it a bit until finally we made it home.



Our next day off together we rode our bikes down to Old Orchard Beach to check out the local excitement.  Now not so much since it’s still chilly up here and the season has not even started but once it does it will surely be much busier.  More than half of the stores and restaurants are not even open yet but it was a nice ride and we did pick up a great Maine pin for our map.




Amazingly we have been in Maine now for over a week and we have yet to taste any lobstah!  That will soon change…


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