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...Working...On Our Way Somewhere...Where We Land Nobody Knows...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Our Summer Destination

Again, this year we attempted to travel extensively, it did not work out so we opted to take a summer job in Almont, Colorado, where we arrived today and are acclimating to our new altitude and getting over what might be head colds for both of us or maybe just allergies. We begin our training on Tuesday, here is our home site for the summer...

Our drive here was spectacular, the scenery was awesome around every corner. Our plans for the summer will be taking in all these breathtaking views on our days off and sharing our photos and stories with you all. We took hundreds of photos, these are just a few of the spectacular ones I took as I followed Maggie...

There were so many mishaps that lead us to this decision and in the past, every time we let go and went with the flow it all turned out for the best possible situation for us. We feel this choice will be the best decision for us.

We feel that settling in with a car will give us the opportunity to explore the areas without having to take Maggie all the time. We do plan to take her out for trips too but not every week.

Will keep you all updated as time permits this summer.

200 N Cedar Avenue
Montrose, CO 81401

We paid $44.95 per night, which of course is high but it was the closest to the things we needed to do for a water, electric & sewer site on gravel with a picnic table.

Customer service was fantastic. The restrooms, laundry area and common areas were well manicured and clean.

The next time we are in the area, we will try some of the other parks that look pretty good in this area since the prices are much better.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Towaoc, Colorado 81334
4/26/2010, 5/10/2018

2018 UPDATE - We paid $19.25 using our Passport America 50% off discount for the same site that we paid more for 8 years ago and now they include sewer and WiFi. Everything looked the same and the girl in the office was the same and was wonderful.

Show them your Players Card or if you are over 55 they will get you a 10% discount.  We paid $20.79 for a water, electric site with free WiFi and Cable. For a few bucks more you can include sewer, they do have a dump station and the water and electric sites are located closer to the Casino which was our main purpose of the stopover.

The RV Park had great customer service, very friendly people working in the office. We also found Faygo Rock & Rye pop in their cooler…Life is Grand! We did not use the laundry room or the shower houses, but they both smelled and looked very clean.

There was a pool, spa and even a sauna room, none of which we took advantage of since it was still on the chilly side and even though it was indoors, the pool was not heated.

As for the Casino, well big difference. Customer service was lacking in every area, first at the Player’s Club, the line was getting so long and there were only two workers, one that was doing some sort of paperwork and did not take any player the ½ hour we were in line. Ceilings were low so heat and smoke was a major turnoff, the machines were pretty occupied due to it being a Saturday afternoon but the layout was extremely crowded anyway. There were too many slot machines and tables without enough room to even walk through many of the areas.

In the restaurant, the buffet was lacking so we chose to go off the menu and ordered sandwiches. Jerry ordered a Philly and I ordered a Rueben, his was great; mine not so much, it actually looked like little patties of ground meat instead of sliced corned beef. After a long conversation back and forth with the manager, all the time my sandwich and fries getting colder, he returned with the cold plate and informed me that the chef stated that it was indeed corned beef. I tasted a bit of it and made a face because it was not corned beef and he then suggested I order something else, which I did.

I have worked in the restaurant business for many years and know that on any food return like this you have the chef get to it ASAP, that was not the case. My new sandwich order went to the back of the orders; all awhile Jerry ate his so his wouldn’t go cold too. We felt a bit discouraged because as I said, I have been in this business for years, both as a server and management and something like this should never go without some sort of “kiss up“. The manager offered me a salad but was offered in a way and time that was not appropriate, possibly a desert or possibly taking off the charge for my sandwich or beverage would have been a bit more customer service orientated.

Our biggest gripe with businesses lately is customer service which if handled correctly can give a bad situation a big push to become a better experience with just a little bit of effort. This was not the case in this situation, and since our overall experience was not going well, but handling this more appropriately would have allowed us to see it in a different light but instead it deepened our opinion for inadequateness throughout.

Even though we were able to play on very little money and hit a jackpot that returned all of our money, we will not be recommending this casino to anyone, but will recommend the RV Park if you are ever in the area.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

877 E Rodeo Road
Williams, AZ 85046

They did not take any discounts and the only other park in the area which took our Passport America 50% off was full so we opted to stay here. We paid $42.07 using our Good Sam 10% discount for an electric, water and sewer on gravel with enough room for us to park our car behind with a picnic table.

The staff was very friendly and accommodating. They offered a Continental Breakfast and it was good, the waffles were excellent.

The park was well manicured. The laundry room was small so we opted to go into town to do our laundry. The restrooms were clean.

If we are in the area again and we are unable to use our discount at the other park, we will stay here again and we highly recommend it.

Monday, May 07, 2018

1501 Goldrush Road (GPS)
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
12/20/2016-1/3/2017, 3/15-3/20/2017, 1/30/2018, 4/24-5/8/2018

2018 Update - Giving them another try, they put us on the bluff with a great view and where we were located there were not any undesireables, dogs or humans...it was a nice but very hot stay.

2018 UPDATE: WARNING: UNTIL THEY GET THE VICIOUS DOG ISSUE UNDER CONTROL WE WILL NOT BE BACK. But, are very grateful they gave us a full refund after we went to the office the next day and explained what happened.

We were sitting out on our patio and noticed the neighbors dog was tethered on a tiny little chain, it was a huge German Shepard that made its way to our site just enough to stare and growl at us. I was not comfortable, so we went inside and called the office, they were closed with no mention of any emergency number, only the Deli who took no responsibility to resolve our issue but told us to call the office and leave our complaint on the answering machine…REALLY? We would have told our neighbor ourselves, but we could not get to their door. A short time later our neighbor took their 2 dogs to the dog park, so we went back out and planned to ask him not to tether his dogs outside when they are not out with them as stated in the rules. Instead what happened was enough to send us packing. As the neighbor was returning with his 2 big dogs, another vicious dog (it was huge and mean looking) came out from the permanent residents chasing him and his dogs into their RV and as the neighbor slammed the door, the vicious dog took his sights on us, we barely made it into our RV.

The next morning, we went to the office and they had yet to retrieve our message, so we explained what happened and she claimed that it was a neighbor’s dog that they had called the police and dog catcher on almost a dozen times but have not been able to find the dog. So, at that point since it was apparent we would not be comfortable we asked for a refund and without any hesitation she gave us a full refund. That is really a shame because we did like the place but with all the trashy permanents getting worse and now the vicious dogs we will not be returning.

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 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. 2018 UPDATE: They now add on an additional $5 daily fee.

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.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Once Again…

We are not sure why we continue to put ourselves into these less than desirable predicaments, but we do, and it really is getting old. We hear about others doing it all the time without all the hassles that we encounter but for us it seems just one more thing after another goes wrong for us.

Even after working these 11 day shows every other week we are barely making it to our next show with no cushion whatsoever due to the many issues with our vehicles, but we will not give up, we will persevere.

It’s not always easy to hold onto our faith and with each incident it gets harder.

When will it be our time?

When will it turn out for us?

Will it ever get easier?

Each time we get close to our goals, we get knocked backwards so far that it is no longer easy for us to brush ourselves off and get back in the race of life. It’s getting harder to maintain a positive attitude when what we really feel is our lives are hard and just getting too tough for us to keep going.

Now, we are not saying that we do not have anything to be grateful for because we truly do. We are very thankful every moment that we have each other, for our home, for our health, for living this lifestyle, but it’s just not enough anymore. We want it all…

We want the good times to outweigh the bad times.

We want to be happy and positive without faking it all the time.

We want to be able to find work that we love doing and for that work to make us a continuous flow of money, not so sporadic as it has always been.

We want to know what it is like to travel without all the financial fear.

We want to make plans and be able to continue them without the fear of running out of money.

We want to be able to get a new rig or be able to fix Maggie, so we do not fear her falling apart driving down the road.

We want to be able to enjoy the finer things in life and not always have to settle for what we can afford.

Is that too much to ask for? Apparently, it is since we reach for the stars and end up drowning, never reaching our full potentials. For goodness sake, we are 60 years old and deserve to have some fun in our lives without all the fears of lack we always seem to get back to due to our accounts showing such low or zero balances all the time.

What do we keep doing wrong?

We are doing everything we can to keep afloat, but we feel we continue to get sucked down deep into that black hole of despair.

God does not seem to be listening to either one of us currently, so we are asking all of our readers to please say a prayer for us that we get the guidance to head down the right paths in our lives and not give up hope. Hope is all we have left…

We thought we could travel extensively and keep money in our pockets but again this year we were not able to do it. With all the mishaps of Maggie and May and shows being slow or yanked from us we are once again having to settle down. The good news is there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Once we finish this event in Bullhead City we have decided to stop the extensive travels again and settle in Colorado for a few months working at what sounds like a perfect place for us.

We will get this all figured out eventually, after all we have only been living this lifestyle for about 15 years and yet to find the perfect place for us, but we will not give up. We continuously find the work we do not want, so now the challenge is to find the work we love where we are able to travel. We have tried so many different avenues and many that have worked for others, just do not happen for us. 

We would love to find that perfect work…

That can be done from our rig that pays good money, all the ones that have come into our lives have been less than worthy and we know several people that have found decent work this way, so we know it’s possible.

Selling items or our experiences at different types of venues, like RV Shows, Boat Shows, Festivals that pays well. Again, we know several people that do this and pay well, but the ones we have encountered have been less than desirable.

We just need that break in our lives that gives us the right path for us to take so that we can once again begin living this lifestyle to its fullest and stop worrying so much about our finances.

That can’t be too much to ask for…is it?

Our Photos & Sayings

We have to believe...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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

2018 Update - Same as past 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. 

For more photos, check out our Picasa Web Albums.

Friday, April 20, 2018

We Should Be Used to this By Now...

These have been a rough few months for us and things just do not seem to be getting any better no matter how hard we try to get them back on track. Several major issues with both vehicles and the cost has deflated our funds that were already low. Most of the band-aids we had to put on them just are not holding, it has been a bit challenging to say the least. We will get this all figured out and it will all work out eventually.

Maggie did get new rear brakes due to them beginning to squeal in Las Vegas. When we went to a repair shop there, even without them taking off the wheels to look at it, they claimed we would need a few thousand dollars for repair. We did not have it, so we put a band-aid on and just hoped it would hold until we got to Yuma and make more money for this repair. We got to Yuma safe without any issues, but it was still squealing so we made an appointment for after the show. We were not concerned since Maggie would be sitting while we worked. We are blessed that we did not allow the shop in Vegas to work on her, once we got to the repair shop in Yuma, we knew we were in safe hands.

310 Auto Works (aka 310 Diesel Works) both located at the same address…3222 S Florence Lane, Yuma, AZ 85365…928-344-3517.

We highly recommend them for all your vehicle repairs, not only did they replace more than Vegas quoted us but it was half the price to do it. Maggie had her rear brakes completely redone on both sides and even with waiting on parts from another city, it was completed in 6 hours. Vegas said they would need to keep her for days. We are grateful we found this business and as stated before, we HIGHLY recommend them for all your vehicle repairs when in the area.

While we waited for the repairs to get completed we decided to take a little drive and wash May but then still had lots of time to spare so we went to the Yuma Main Library. It has been years since either one of us had been to a library but what better place to hang out that was air conditioned, a bathroom, plenty of reading material and FREE! Jerry met a new friend…

We have been expanding our cooking skills and love the new recipes we are creating. It has been great working at Sam’s in the early mornings when they mark down their meat prices, we get great cuts for a lot cheaper. Here are just some of the meals we have made…

While we relax in Earp, we took a drive over the Parker Dam. Something we have been wanting to do for a very long time but was unable to because they do not allow RV’s, trucks or trailers. We understand why now since we went over it and it was tight in our car. The area is so spectacular for views, everywhere you go there is something gorgeous to see, that is why we love this area and continue coming back all the time. The weather is fantastic during the winter and spring months, not so much in the Summer or early Fall but we try to stay out of the area during those hot months.

More relaxation and new recipes to make for the next few days until we head to Bullhead City for our next stint at Sam's, we will be working both companies at this location.

Life is Grand!