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

Where We've Been (45 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
Chilling in Isleton/Lodi area until we begin rotation in Sacramento!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Lighthouse Restaurant, Marina & Resort

151 Brannan Island Road
Isleton, CA 95641
(916) 777-5511

2016 UPDATE - We paid $17 per night using our C2C membership...$10 in points and $7 in fees and the place has not changed one bit...still unlevel sites desperately in need of some major TLC. The restaurant was closed for remodeling and we wish we would have read our own review when planning this stay...we would have found something different.

We stayed here using our Coast to Coast membership and paid $13 per night for a FHU back-in. They charge an additional $3 per night for sewer, otherwise for a water and electric would have only been the $10 per night.

The road into the park is a levee, a narrow, very wavy levee, but the scenery was fabulous and if you are into water activities, you are in the right place.

Looks like improvements are continuing but...

They should have started in the laundry facilities. There are only 3 washers and 3 dryers and the room is very large, just laid out badly. The paint is old and chipping and the washers were filthy with dog hair. We had to totally clean out each one of them before even using them, it was nasty. We understand that it is not entirely the fault of the park about the dog hair, that is a whole other story about irresponsible pet owners that we will not get into at this time. Having just 3 washer and dryers for a park with so many sites is just not beneficial to anyone. Doing laundry is always a chore, but having to wait for one to open up just drags out the process.

The sites were not level due to the very thick and long grass, not from not maintaining though, they mowed everyday we were there. We were a bit uncomfortable with the lawn mowers, they came right into our site and began mowing and weed whacking under and around our rig, outdoor furniture, tires and hookups. Usually they do not go into the sites that are occupied but these guys did, we kept a close eye on them so we could see if there was any damage done.

The roads are dirt and they keep the dust down tremendously with a watering sprinkling system that is designed to wet down the roads only, it was a fabulous setup.

On Friday, the weekend warriors showed up with all there boats, there were some real beauties. The staff were all exceptionally thoughtful and helpful. We got great phone reception which made for fantastic internet service and setting up our dish was no problem since we opted to be located in the open area they have available, otherwise they have some sites that never see the light of the sun due to extensive tree coverage. They do offer WiFi but no cable.

Looking back on this review, it may sound as if it is not a great park, for us that is true. Speaking to others, it is the perfect spot for them, so I guess you will have to be your own judge and decide whether it is right for you or not.

Right across the street they have a restaurant, we tried it our first night here. What a nice view and the food was fabulous. The best New England Clam Chowder we have had in quite awhile, it was not as thick as I like it but it had a certain spice in it that enhanced the flavor to the extreme of tasty.

As many of you know, we both quit smoking over 7 years ago and gave up drinking alcohol at the same time since for us they went hand and hand. Well we have been experimenting lately and have tried having a drink or two, just to see if we wanted a cigarette with it. The good news is that we no longer desire a cigarette, so having a drink with our meals is at times a welcomed treat…but not always!

These were a bit sour and very tequila strong, just the way we used to like them but now we prefer a tamer brew.

The Stuffed Shrimp was good, the shrimp were huge and very snappy with a great flavor, the stuffing was a bit on the tangy side and it was not to my liking. The seafood platter was perfect, with a balance of different and delicious seafood tastes.

We would highly recommend eating here.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nice Travel Days…Others Not So Much!

We left Palm Desert and with not much time to spare until our next rotation began in Bullhead City. Only about half of the drive was on the Interstate and the rest on some great highways. We stopped in Lake Havasu City, AZ at the Havasu Falls RV Resort and enjoyed the pool for a few hours talking with a couple from San Diego who were on their last part of their 30 day travel to many of the National Parks in Utah and Arizona.

Worked for Lt Blender at Sam’s in Bullhead City and this event was so much better than Palm Desert. We only had a mile ride on our bikes, the place was so much busier and we made much better sales which made us much more money. We hope this trend continues since we are planning several more rotations with this company.

We left Bullhead City and headed to Sacramento with a few great travel days and one that was very challenging. We left Barstow and headed to Bakersfield with a short day of 150 miles planned. Most of the drive there was wind, even though the weather predicted no wind for that day. This is a major truck route and when they passed us we felt the additional wind a few times when it felt it had lifted us off the ground.

In some areas it is a two lane highway that had all double yellow lines which meant NO PASSING EVER, apparently this idiot in a black sports car did not see those lines. He had 2 semis and about 6 cars ahead of him when he came out into our lane…at first we thought it was a vehicle we were catching up to but then we realized he was coming right at us and would not be able to pass all these vehicles and it looked as if he did not even consider getting back in line. We had to leave the highway onto the emergency lane completely as he barely missed us.

At another moment we watched a jet plane that was really low make a turn towards us that came even lower and then it was gone…weird!

About a mile to our exit we began to take a deep breath and relax but then there was an accident between two semis which took us over an hour for that last mile.

We are so grateful that these were all close calls and nothing really happened to us but we are so happy that those not so great travels days are few and far between each other and we are grateful that we are now out of the heat and into some perfect temperatures both days and nights.

For the next 10 days we are hanging out in the Isleton/Lodi area just relaxing until our next rotation at Sam's Club in Sacramento begins.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Lakes RV & Golf Resort

5001 E Robertson Blvd
Chowchilla, CA 93610
3/21-3/23/2016, 5/22/2016

This is a classy place that if we were golfers we would definitely spend more time here since a round of golf per day is included.

We paid $40 per night using our Good Sam 10% discount for a back in site with electric, water, sewer on a concrete slab with privacy greenery on both sides. Free WiFi and satellite channels is included.

The restrooms are immaculate and very up to date...

The registration area has a little store with some needed items...

Feel like a dip in the pool, relax in the spa, or just hang out with a fire on the patio lakeside...

We would highly recommend this place, even if you are not a golfer and whenever we are in the area we will definitely stay here again.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

River Run RV Park

3715 Burr Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308
12/28/09, 3/24/16, 5/19-5/21/2016

2016 Update - We paid $33.30 using our Good Sam 10% discount for a back in on concrete with a patio, electric, water and sewer with free cable and WiFi. This place is still kept up very nicely, the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. We would highly recommend it and will stay here if we are ever in the area again.

This is more of a resort than a park and since we have passed it by several times on our travels, we chose to give it try this time and we were very glad we did. Conveniently located right off the CA-58 highway, it has many amenities to offer. They do not accept any discounts at any time, we paid $32 for a back-in site, the pull thru was a bit more.

They have excellent, clean restroom & shower houses.

The pool & spa were very inviting but it was freezing so we did not partake in them.

May of 2016 we enjoyed the pools since it reached 90 degrees...hot tub had great jets and not too hot and the pool was cool. We were alone and it was just what we needed to soothe these aching bones.

We will definitely return and recommend this place to anyone even though the price is over our $30 per night budget, it is not that expensive taking into consideration California prices.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Barstow Calico KOA

35250 Outer Highway 15 North 
Yermo, CA 92398 
800-KOA-0059 / 760-254-2311 
12/2008, 2/2010, 5/23/2012, 12/24/2013, 3/24/16, 5/19/2016

2016 UPDATE - NEVER AGAIN...We paid $48.89 for a water and electric only and our electric was questionable...it was dark by the time we realized just how questionable it was. The person in the office would not allow us to just move into the space in front of us since it was a full hookup. We explained we would just be plugging in the electric, then she claimed it was taken but nobody used it all night. Rates are rising and even though they are adding tent sites and updating the grounds this place will not be on our agenda in our upcoming travels. We have been stopping here since 2008 but we will no longer use this as an overnight stop and we will be attempting to contact someone who is in charge to place a formal complaint. On the website it does not have a manager/owner contact person so we are not sure how to start but we will find a way to get our complaint in the right hands so that this sort of treatment does not continue to happen. Until then we will avoid this place!

2016 Update - We paid $44 with our KOA discount for a site with only water and electric since the full hookups were even higher priced. When we were hooking up our water spigot it bursted and Jerry got soaked, so we moved sites and they fixed it immediately.

2013 UPDATE - We paid $36 with our KOA discount for the same site as before...price is rising and the place just remains the same, no better but no worse.  We would still stay here again if we are ever in the area but may also look into some of the other parks in the area.

We paid $26.00 with our KOA discount and points for a water, electric, sewer, fairly level gravel site. It also included cable, WiFi and shuttle service to Calico Ghost Town which we took advantage of on our first visit. It is definitely overpriced, as most KOA’s are but we always come back. The sites were wide and were private with the way the landscaping was created around them.  

We noticed a decline in the appearance of the park, especially in the laundry room. On our first visits the laundry facilities were one of the best we have seen on the road, there were many washer and dryers, even an extra big washer for rugs, which we needed to wash but this time we found there were more out of order than working machines. They had clean individual showers that were being remodeled on our first visit, but have been kept up in the years passing.

The staff has always been the friendliest and accommodating and the store carried many convenient supplies and souvenirs. In our future stays we may check out some of the other parks in the area since this one seems to be going downhill and the price has not.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

KOA - Avi Casino RV Park

10000 Aha Macav Parkway
Laughlin, NV 89028
3/2007, 1/2008, 12/2011, 5/18/2016

2016 UPDATE - We paid $20.16 for a water, electric and sewer 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.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ridgeview RV Resort

Ridgeview RV Resort
775 Bullhead Parkway
Bullhead City, AZ  86429
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

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.

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.

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Friday, May 06, 2016

New Adventures

We interviewed with this company last year but just could not find the best moment to get started but finally that day arrived.

We have scheduled several shows which are 11 days at Sam’s Club selling bags of frozen delight. The show in Palm Desert, California we had 6 flavors that included, Margarita, Pina Colado, Strawberry Daiquiri, Mojito, Peach Bellini, and Sangria. The show in Bullhead City included all of the above plus a Peach Margarita.

We believe it could be a lucrative opportunity and it really isn’t hard work, the hours on the weekends are 10+ and only 8 during the week for 11 days. The only really big negative for us so far is the setup the night before. We have to wait until the store closes at 8:30pm which isn’t all that bad since it only takes about an hour to setup but we have to wait for the night manager to arrive which so far has been closer to 9:30 and then by the time they figure out where they want to put us takes another half hour. The first show we didn’t get out until after midnight, our setup was quicker on the second show so we got out by 10:30.

We work very independently which is something we love, our setup and supplies get delivered directly to the store so we do not haul them ourselves which is another plus. It’s a fun product that we love to sell and we are meeting some really great people. We are able to pick and choose which stores we work and the timing for the most part so we look for stores nearby a RV Resort we like and we ride our bikes into work. Palm Desert was a 5 mile ride but Bullhead City is only a 1 mile ride, we hope to always keep the mileage under 5.

We will be heading to Sacramento area once we are done here in the heated desert in Bullhead City for a cool down and plan to work a few shows with Lt Blender and another one with PepWear before we need to begin our journey to PepWear in September for that adventure.

Life is certainly beginning to go our way and we hope it continues. We still need to figure out our next phase of this lifestyle with replacing Maggie with something but we are still just waiting and seeing what comes to light. In the meantime we continue patching and praying that the old girl continues to give us her best so we can continue doing our best.

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