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

Where We've Been (45 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
Our time in Ocotillo Wells, California at the Blu In Cafe is coming to an end...we have a only days left before we leave on our next adventure.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Feeling Like Children Again…

Wish it were that easy!

Well our time at the Fountain of Youth RV Resort is over and we are back in the desert for only a few weeks more…we leave the day after Easter and slowly begin our way to Bryce Canyon where we will be going from extreme heat to the cold again.

We enjoyed our time at the Fountain of Youth and took full advantage of the pools and even though we do not feel like we are in our 20’s, we do feel the difference those soaking did for our tired and sore bodies. 

We also spoke to several of the workers who were of course happy that their season was coming to an end but most of them really enjoy working there and many return year after year.  Once we heard that and looked around the place and even though it is in the middle of the desert it feels like a community within itself, we decided to put in our resume so we might be able to spend next winter working there.

As for the desert, it is getting hotter every day and suppose to reach the 3 digits for the next few days then back into the 90’s afterward.  Compounded with the heat from the grill in the kitchen, they have no sort of air or swamp cooler working in the Café, there are only a few fans with the doors and windows opened if the wind does not warrant them to be closed.  Not a fun time at this point but we will muddle through as we always do.

The good news is once the sun goes down we are able to sit out on our patio and enjoy the stars and the temps drop to the lower 60’s and if the wind does not blow too hard we are able to sleep with our windows opened with the fan, otherwise most of the day the air conditioner is running full blast.

All of that will change in just a few short weeks since up in Bryce Canyon the temps at night are barely above freezing and the day highs are 60’s and 70’s.  A bit on the brisk side but after having this extreme heat for the past few weeks it sounds very inviting.

I never thought I would say this but I miss working.  There it is, in print so there is no taking it back.  We are both looking forward to be out of the kitchen and once again working together all hours in a store with no worry about weather conditions.  Running registers, stocking shelves, assisting customers and best of all working together.  Both of us working full time and getting paid for all hours worked, being in an area where we can explore and see the magnificence.  We are so excited and plan to embrace the time we are there for all it is worth.

For now we will enjoy the 10 days left in the desert the best we can and look forward to safe travels to our next adventure.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort

1500 Spa Road
Niland, CA  92257

We paid $39.60 per night using our Good Sam 10% discount for a water, electric, sewer, on a level gravel site with a patio pad that includes free cable and pretty decent WiFi.  Our cell phone service was doable but not at its absolute best. 

The sites are fairly wide so we didn’t feel like we were on top of our neighbors which was really nice.  Since most are back in sites, even our neighbors behind us didn’t seem to be close due to the way the sites are layered.

It is in the middle of nowhere but is like a community in itself that has just about everything you need and everything is kept up the best we have ever seen.  Even though the season was coming to an end there were still many people still there and everywhere was clean and kept up.  It was amazing!

We ate lunch at the Café and the sandwiches were fresh and very tasty and the fries were fabulous, they have dinner specials but that was winding down since the season was coming to an end.  The service was excellent and we noticed all the workers were very happy and many of them return year after year.

The pools were mineral hot springs that eased the pain in our bodies and we took full advantage of them for the few days we were there.

They have all sorts of activities, both scheduled and others you can do on your own time so you never have to be bored.

They have great facilities that are kept so clean, the laundry rooms and restrooms are immaculate. 

The landscaping is perfect.

We are so impressed with this place that we submitted our resume for work next winter and we highly recommend if you are ever in the area to stop by and stay awhile at this absolutely wonderful resort, we definitely plan to return.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Never Give Up

We love this lifestyle and lately we have been reading from many of our followers that they are giving up the wheels.  With as many obstacles that we encounter almost daily we never even consider giving them up.  We will fight with our dying breaths to stay mobile and continue traveling around this beautiful country of ours.  Would we like a little easier time with it all?  Absolutely, don’t we all, but the alternative of giving up the wheels is never even an option for us.

We had another thought for our travels again that would include spending next winter in Florida.  Yea, I know we said we would not go east again but we have so many items we need to cross off our list and the time is just a wasting.  Also, we never give up and this may be the best time of our lives to travel back east and enjoy it without all the mishaps or possibly in spite of all the mishaps that may or may not happen this time.

Or, maybe a summer in Alaska, another opportunity that was offered to us but we are still thinking Bryce Canyon is where we want to spend our summer.

We know in our guts when it’s right and all we have to do is to just listen to it.  Last year we had a gut wrenching feeling after we made all the plans that we should not go east but instead of listening to it, we pushed and we pushed so hard until now looking back we can see how we were given sign after sign not to head in that direction but we didn’t listen and as you all know it was a disaster.

It seems because of it our lives once again became numb to all the new possibilities because of our fears…well that needs to cease immediately.  When this journey first began for us we loved the unknown but because we got 10 years of experiences behind us we allow that fear to dictate what might happen.

When we first came out here we never made any irreversible plans, we just went with the flow and that is exactly where we need to be once again.  Sure we will research things but never make that final decision until we are absolutely on our way or feel it in our guts without a doubt that it is the right direction we are heading.

We continuously get new offers from some really interesting places but at this point our plan is to work at Ruby’s in Bryce Canyon for the summer.  Even though we spent our first year in that area and took thousands of photos, unfortunately most of them were lost when my computer crashed.  We love that area and there is so much to revisit and we will most likely find places we missed on our first visit so we plan to take thousands of photos and will have many stories to share with you all.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Beactive Wrap Review

We had been researching this product for a few months now but the Walmart’s we went to did not have them in stock so we waited.  We could have ordered them on the Beactive Website but as good of a deal as it sounded was not that good after all.  They advertise it for $19.99 and will send you a second one free, all you have to do is pay for the shipping $7.95 each making a grand total of $35.89 or you could buy one at Walmart for $14.99.  We chose to purchase it at Walmart to see if it would fit since it only fits calf circumference sizes 12.5” to 18”, mine are a bit larger and Jerry’s is exactly 18” so we wanted to try it on before we purchased it.  It fits Jerry’s snugly and mine…not so much!

Jerry has been using it now for the past few weeks and claims it has made a huge difference in his lower back pain.  When he cooks over the weekends he is on his feet 8 to 12 hours per day and it was causing his back to really hurt but now…no added pain.

We would highly recommend the Beactive Wrap if you are suffering from pain in the sciatic nerve that begins in the lower back and makes its way down the hip through the buttocks to the leg and that always is a bit indifferent on where exactly to focus on to stop the pain.  Mine really hurts in the back of the leg area especially around the knees and the hips with twinging pains in the lower back but sometimes the back pain is so insignificant I feel it’s not my sciatic nerve but it always is. 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Our Tryouts for Wheel of Fortune

For over 30 years I have dreamed of being on the Wheel of Fortune show and have sent hundreds of letters and signed up on their website so many times but nothing has ever happened.  When I heard they were going to be in the Wheel of Fortune Mobile and doing tryouts at the Morongo Casino I knew it was my time finally.

We made a reservation for the night at the hotel and once we were checked in we went to get signed up for the tryouts.  Being early in line does not help at all since the procedure is to fill out the form upon your arrival and then they put it in the big golden barrel. 

Pat and Vanna are not there but instead there are the traveling hosts who then draw 5 names at a time to come up to the stage for a tryout.  Once your name is called you come to the stage and get your photo taken and then in groups of 5 you get interviewed by the host, spin a wheel for a prize, no cash, just things like hats, t-shirts, flashing pins and so much more.  One by one each person calls out a letter, including vowels and then you have 3 seconds to try to solve a puzzle.  From the moment your name is called they are watching for enthusiast players and good puzzle solvers so everyone should be at their best.

Getting called up to the stage and even solving the puzzle does NOT guarantee a spot on the show but it does get you a step further then all the others like ourselves who did not get called up at all.  They will keep everyone’s forms and within the next few months may be randomly chosen along with any of the contestants that did get to play to come to Los Angeles for yet another tryout, this time on the real set.

So even though we did not get to experience the fun of being on the stage and winning some pretty cool stuff, we may still have a chance and hopefully they will call us so I can cross it off our life list.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Annoyances Along the Way

For the past few days I have been doing a lot of whining, the wind has been awful and still continues to come and go but at least now there are intervals of none.  It began at 5pm on Saturday and did not stop until sometime late Monday evening.  We (I) finally got a good night’s after two very long and sleepless nights.  I say we but it was me who was not sleeping, Jerry can sleep through anything and he would if it wasn’t for me getting up and either having the TV on or the watching the weather warnings when we are back east where the really wicked stuff happens.  Here for the past few nights we have had some pretty wicked wind, lots of it and pretty strong for my taste so I kept the TV on to avoid hearing the gusts but we still feel them.  For some reason I feel safer up, instead of in bed where all of the sudden it wakes me from a sound sleep.  I worry about the wind blowing us over, or blowing us apart, or blowing something into us.  What ever happened to the days of no worries, it seems they are gone and I truly want them back.  I need to find my Hakuna Matata place in life again.

We still have about a month left here and I continue to get annoyed over such trivial things.  The plan was to open our windows for the first time since Saturday and dust off the inside and the outside but then the wind started to blow again and I find myself once again doing some stinking thinking.  I don’t want to be here anyway, I would rather be traveling and doing other things in different areas but life has put us here and I have to just suck it up…

Things had not worked out as we planned last year and so far this year we are not where we want to be either but we need to get back up and just enjoy what we have and STOP whining about what we don’t have.  This is getting harder every time our life takes another turn in the opposite direction of our dreams.

The dream was to be working out west full time for Scootaround by now and that is no longer even a blip on our radar.  Another part of the plan was to find some work to supplement our time here and to keep me busy but that has fallen flat.  I am not sure how others find legitimate online work that can be done from home but for me it has been unsuccessful too many times and believe me it is NOT from lack of trying.  Every day from the time we were told we would not be returning to the Christmas tree lot I have been sending out my resume, testing and finding more sites to put my resume out there but NOTHING ever comes of it.  I barely get any responses, except I have noticed a huge increase of new junk emails that offer me all sorts of things I don’t need nor do I want.  I have ideas of branching out and doing other things I love from our RV but they also never quite take off in the right direction and honestly I can’t understand what I am doing so wrong while others are successful in making it happen and I can’t even get it off the ground.  The one thing I know is that I will never give up but it is also getting harder to say that and to truly believe it.

Being positive and upbeat is a huge undertaking for me lately and being negative is just not a good feeling to experience either so I continue to see the bright side since the dark side is too ugly for me to want to hold onto.  But, when do you finally say enough is enough and just give up?

We had jobs lined up working at Phoenix International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway to work the upcoming NASCAR races but we had to take this job to keep us afloat until then and now we won’t leave because these people are really great people.  We were hoping it would not work out here and we would be able to work for a short time and then do the races but our plans never seem to work out the way we plan.  How strange is that?  Wishing our plan would NOT work out so that we can go to Plan B since it was something we really enjoyed doing, instead Plan A worked out too well and now we can’t go to Plan B because we really like these people and do not want to leave them without any help and it is too late in the season for them to find anyone in the kitchen to replace Jerry.

Again, what are we doing wrong?  How hard can it be to find work that allows us to travel continuously, to be able to pay the bills with what we make and to have it be a fun job that we enjoy?  Apparently, pretty hard for us since we have been searching for over 10 years now and are no further in finding it then we were back then.  The only thing we now know are the things that do not work for us, we are still waiting for the things that do work for us.  

It is a brand new day and I am working hard at getting out of my “poor me pity party” attitude and get back to not taking our lives for granted, enjoying what we have, living life to the fullest and trying hard to get back to believing that it can and it will happen for us! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Getting Too Old For Some Places

Never thought we would ever feel this way…

Maggie has always passed the 10 year rule whenever they have enforced it because she always looked good even though she is much older but that has all changed now that our quick, cheap fixes of her dry rot expansions are now showing her age.

We were having a really hard time making reservations for our upcoming commitment with Scootaround and were getting really concerned about things falling into place but as usual we persevered.  Even though we live by the saying that if it don’t come easy let it go, there is always those exceptions.  Also, we were not sure exactly what we needed to let go of but we now know it was not the entire event but just the place we should stay.  Not sure exactly why we were not intended to stay there but we have learned we do not argue too much with the Universe when it is clearly making a statement. Unfortunately many times as we are being pig headed and do not listen and continue to force the issue, we eventually get it.  This time took way too much time for us to finally get it and understand that we were not meant to stay at Surf and Turf RV Park in Del Mar, California while we worked the event.

About a month ago, we began attempting to make reservations there and thought that we were in even though my calls and emails were no longer being answered I just assumed it would be all right.  The week prior to us arriving I needed to give them the company credit card information to be charged and when she finally got back to me the day before we were leaving she said she was out of town for a family funeral and her assistant messed up the reservations and she no longer had a spot available at the weekly price but would set us up paying the daily rate which had doubled since she now said we would need to pay for two sites…OMG we are only 28’ long.  Anyway we agreed and then began to look elsewhere and everything else by then was booked except one which was further away in the opposite direction so we just decided we would just suck it up and allow her to swindle us.

We pulled into the RV Park which was just a gravel parking lot with water and electric, no sewer, no clubhouse, no facilities and were immediately approached by an elderly lady with broken English who asked very curtly what we were doing there.  I explained we were the Peterson’s and had a reservation which she immediately stated that she could not, would not allow us to stay because of the condition of our rig.  While coming into the parking lot we drove by several older and rugged looking trailers and she had the nerve to state this and then we noticed all the sites were filled.  She was rude and snooty and even though we were upset knowing we may not have a place to stay, I had this calming about me that I could not explain but now know that it was the Universe telling me that this is NOT where we are supposed to stay.  So I said to her, “Karma will come back and bite you in the ass because you were so nasty to us, have a nice day.” And we drove away!

We called the park that was further away from the event in the opposite direction and they had a vacancy so we drove there and hooked up.  Then what happened was exactly why I was calmed the day before…

As it turned out the bike trail from this park to the event was excellent and to top it off it ended up being 2 miles closer since where our booth was located was actually at a different location then the front gate. 

We are learning that if you just allow things to come a bit easier to you that it will all work out instead of constantly forcing things that are not falling into place.

We have also learned that we really do not want to be anywhere that is not receptive to our appearances.  We are who we are and even though Maggie is looking a bit tattered and torn we are still the same people and to be treated as if we are old and worn out is just wrong.  We may not have the funds to replace her and a total repair is not in our budget either, but if people look down on us because of it then we now understand, it is their issue not ours.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ma-Tar-Awa RV Camper Park

25 Browns Road
Alpine, CA  91901

After working the event in San Diego a little play time was well deserved so instead of taking the same route back to the Blu In Café we chose to take the roundabout way.

We paid $35 for a water, electric, sewer, grassy site that was not level at all and even using all of our blocks we could not get level but it was just for one night so we dealt with it.

The layout of the sites were confusing and when the very accommodating, extremely friendly, pleasant girl at the desk highlighted the available sites and said to choose any of them we thought it was a nice gesture.  Since our main objective was to enjoy some playtime at the Casino we chose the one closest to the office since that is where the shuttle picks us up.

Most of the sites were permanents that had plenty of barking dogs that continued at all hours of the night. The roads were all dirt and it was hard in many areas to establish the road from a site.  The only way we could tell where a site was by the hookup posts and that was not always clear.

The pool was well maintained but the restrooms and laundry facility is located in the gated area where we could not enter.

There was a small store that carried many of the essentials, and a game area for the kids to play.

They did give us coupons for 50% off of any of the restaurants at the Casino and other coupons for the outlets but we only used the restaurant coupon.

This park is more for the camping folks and we prefer resorts so we would not consider staying here again.  If we want to play at the Casino in the future we will boondock as we have in the past.

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