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

Where We've Been (45 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
We are working at the Fountain of Youth RV Resort in Niland, California in the Cafe...come and see us if you are in the area!

Monday, February 08, 2016

Indian Waters RV Resort

Indian Waters RV Resort
47202 Jackson Street
Indio, CA  92201
760-342-8100
1/27/2010, 1/14/2015, 12/28/2015, 2/8/2016

In February of 2016 we finally took a few photos since this was the location we stayed while on our days off at FOY and we took a walk in the evening to the spa and enjoy some great conversation with other guests.



It is no longer a Coast to Coast or Western Horizon Resort and all sites are full hook ups.

In December we paid $27.00 using our Passport America 50% discount membership for a water, electric, sewer pull through level site on gravel.

In January & February we paid $47.01 using our Good Sam 10% discount for a water, electric, sewer back in level site on gravel.  The sites are a good size and have an additional slab for your tow vehicle but we used it for our chairs for sitting outside.

Not sure how recent the sewers in this area were added but the stench was intolerable in December.  We could not sit outside and we even had to close our windows for most of the time we were there. In January and February the smell was non existing.

They still do not offer cable but they do offer free WiFi that we did not use since our Verizon worked perfectly.

If we are ever in the area we would stay here and we would recommend it for an overnight or longer visit.

Written 1/27/2010 - This is a membership park, we stayed with our Coast to Coast (C2C) membership for $10 per night. Upon checking in, we were informed that we would be in a water and electric site only, with a dump station nearby. This was not conveyed to us when we made the reservation, via the C2C online website. Apparently, only Western Horizon Resorts (WHR) members stay in the full hookups close to the pools, spas, and clubhouse area. Normally we would not be concerned since we were only staying for a few days, but we had just come off of a two week stay in the desert boondocking and really wanted to take long showers and give the rig a thorough cleaning. Many of our C2C choices have stipulations that are becoming annoying.

The park was clean and very well maintained. The sites were a good size with a slab that only fit your RV, no patio, just rocks where you set out your chairs. The views of the snow covered mountains were spectacular. Cable was not available, but for an additional cost they did offer WiFi.

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

Friday, January 22, 2016

Our 19th Wedding Anniversary & Other Stuff

We have been full time traveling for 11 years as of February 1st which is more than half of our years being married and no signs of ever quitting this lifestyle…tweaking it maybe but quitting… never! We are still having the time of our lives!

We had planned a special treat in Quartzsite to celebrate our anniversary but since we had to wait on the part to fix Maggie and had to work we came up with Plan B…

This Sunday will be the last day of the Big Tent in Quartzsite which is the day they usually have some great deals so we will take off early and spend a few nights in Quartzsite shopping this week instead.

Things seem to be taking some uncomfortable but unfortunately some very familiar turns and we are not liking it at all. Maggie’s part came in but apparently the old piece needed to be pressed off and new one pressed on and we have searched all over for someone to do it and nobody has the ability. The guy that does work here at the park was leaving out of town and his press machine is down anyway. We were on the phone all morning and finally found one place that could so now we have to pay for a ride the 80 mile round trip…this is NOT at all what we had in mind…

We got so spoiled with life going fabulously smooth for us for most of 2015 that we do not like the hiccups that are happening so far in 2016 but we will stay on course, stay positive, knowing it will all get better soon.

It is so funny how when she is down like that with pieces of her under just lying on the ground for a few days as it was how uneasy it makes me feel. It’s that feeling of entrapment…unable to go if we wanted to but at the same time not planning to go anywhere. Do any of you ever get that feeling? It’s worse than hitch-itch which is something I always get just shortly after we arrive…travel is what we both love…new places…new people…love, love, love it!

Maggie is now ready for a road trip…it took some strength from Jerry but he finally got it all hooked back together and she is ready to roll. Life is good!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Irresponsible Pet Owners

Once again we are the ones who are feeling like the “Bad Guys” because we complained about an excessive barking dog. For the past few weeks the weather has been great so our windows are open and there has been this dog, a big barking dog. When the windows were closed it was not so annoying, but with them open it got to a breaking point once again this week. Jerry went over there and asked them to make it stop and they brushed him off so he went to the office to file an official complaint and the barking stopped.

But…

Then for the past few days the dog owner has been walking past our site glaring at us and then this morning after walking by and glaring a few times, she stopped and asked Jerry if he was the one who complained when he said he was she informed us that her dog only barks when someone passes by and it is not excessive and that if we do not like it we should leave.

OMG…

She was so rude and complaining that we are the reason that her dog now has to keep his bark collar on. How many of you responsible pet owners have a bark collar for your dog? To us that explained a lot…not many owners would have a bark collar unless there had been previous issues. To also say it only barks when someone walks by, well this park has thousands of people who do a lot of walking and to us again explained a lot.

But now she is making us feel very uncomfortable and she has roped in a few of her neighbors to join in on the passing by glaring little act…


We know that this is all HER issue and not ours but it brings up a lot of our own issues that we need to work on. Sometimes we get tired of all the life lessons in our lives and just wish we could just relax and have fun and not have to work on things at all.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

2015 Wine Tastings

While we were traveling back east we tasted a few of the local wines but never got around to sharing them with you all...finally we have gathered the information and here are the results...

Beso Del Sol Sangria – Produced in Spain this Spanish Wine Company knows how to make a smooth clear finish with just enough sweetness for our enjoyment. It has 8.5% alcohol that we rated high giving it a 9.2 because of its delightful taste and smoothness. We paid $19.99 on sale for a box which holds 4 bottles that works out to be about $5 per bottle and we would highly recommend it to others and we will be looking for it in the stores again.


Funf Wines Sangria – The bottling caught our attention and the fun name makes this a clean, clear taste with just enough flavoring from the citrus and summer fruits that the sweetness is not overbearing. With 7.5% alcohol we gave it a rating of 8.9 and would highly recommend it and we would be looking to purchase it again.


Forbidden Fruit Winery Sangria – Made in Michigan with 9% alcohol we rated this one a bit lower at a 7.6. It was good but not great and we would not go out of our way to purchase again. There was nothing wrong with it but there was no pop, no zest, no burst of flavor.


Meier’s Wine Cellars White Catawba – Light, crispy & spunky! Catawba is a grape that is grown predominantly in the east where we are enjoying a lot of the sweeter wines! With 12% alcohol that is produced in Silverton, Ohio that we rated a 9.3 that will be purchasing this one again!


Leelanau Cellars Witches Brew – This very strong red wine that has a 12.5% alcohol content from Leelanau, Michigan is not one of our favorites but we still gave it a 7.1 rating. With a firm taste of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg it would be a perfect drink served warm on a cold evening but not as a chilled wine, more like a cider.




Keeping Up with it All

It’s not like we are busy…not even when we were traveling we were not that busy but for reasons unknown to us it has been difficult to keep you all updated in a timely manner, and for this we apologize and we do hope that changes but not likely at this time in our lives. Writing no longer seems to be a big priority and I miss that terribly but we all do what we need to do and apparently this is what we need at this moment.

Currently we are working part time in the Café at Fountain of Youth in Niland, California where the daytimes highs have been in the 60’s to 70’s and the lows in the 40’s, a bit nippy at night but what wonderful daytime highs. We have had a few days of nasty winds that are usual in this area and a few days of much needed rain, compared to other weather around the country we won’t complain!


We have been taking advantage of the soakings in the magnificent springs and hope our bodies at least feel a lot younger when we leave. My knee is NOT back to normal, whatever normal is…it still aches and being on my feet for too long takes its toll on me. It makes it really nice to only be working 5 hour shifts, 4 days a week, leaving us with 3 days to recuperate our bodies and enjoy all the area has to offer.

We are pursuing more travel in our plans for 2016 and have a few companies we can work with to make this happen. As for Maggie, she is holding her own, we had to replace her fuel pump since she began spitting and coughing and this time changing the filter and adding additives did not fix the issue and she sputtered continuously. We had the work done in Indio, California at Al’s Automotive and they were reasonable, friendly but the time it took them was outrageous. They diagnosed it quickly...



Then ordered the part immediately and said while they were waiting for the part to come in they would go have some lunch. The part arrived within the half hour but they took a two hour lunch and then when they pulled out the part they thought a piece on it was crooked so while attempting to bend it, it broke. They went to get another part which had us WAITING once again. Took only 15 minutes to install the part but over 3 ½ hours of just WAITING…



On our drive back to our site we had been discussing our plans to head to Quartzsite for a few days during our time off this week and celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. At the same time we were discussing Jerry giving the undercarriage of Maggie a thorough once over since it had been awhile, plus we wanted to check on the work they did and that is when the Universe once again kept us safe.

While checking things out he seen that the drive shaft hanger bearing was stripped and was just hanging there ready to have us stranded somewhere down the road or worse. We ordered the part from Amazon and it will not be here until next week which cancels our Quartzsite plans but we will not complain since it saved us much more hassles. Life just always works out that way for us and we are so grateful for the intervention. We continue to get better about following our guts and listening to that soft voice within that usually guides us in the right direction.

For now until we make our decision we have been purging, remodeling and making Maggie more comfortable for us…we got two new recliners, some wine accessories, created a sign holder from PVC pipes and arranged our light garden for our night relaxations.





It still hard to think about trading Maggie in since she has been the best for all these years and we are still up in the air on which direction to take, so many options and not enough clear directions. With more of the opportunities for different types of work that are coming available to us, our set up now will just not work. We are just playing the wait and see game, knowing it will all work out as long as we continue to listen to our guts and follow our hearts.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Al’s Automotive

Al’s Automotive
81-837 Oleander Avenue
Indio, CA 92201
760-347-2757
1/12/2016

Maggie began sputtering, spitting and coughing on our ride and changing the filter and adding additives did not fix the issue so we took her to Al’s Automotive for a diagnosis. They got to us as soon as we pulled in and made the diagnosis immediately after putting on the test gauge, her fuel pump was bad and they ordered the part.


They informed us it would be here shortly and in the meantime they were going to lunch and would replace it as soon as they returned. The part arrived within a half an hour but their lunch was almost two hours. When they finally got back and pulled out the part they thought there was a piece on it that was crooked so while attempting to bend it…IT BROKE!



They went to get another part since the first place sent us their last one, so we waited again. Took only 15 minutes to install the part but over 3 ½ hours of just WAITING.


The service was friendly, they seemed knowledgeable and the cost was reasonable but they all seemed laid back and in no hurry.

Aqua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

32-250 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-321-2000
1/11/2016

The check in noted is 4pm but we called to see if we could get an early check in at 2pm and they eagerly obliged us and the check in procedure was quick and friendly.

The room was huge with all the amenities which included some goodies if you chose to pay the price…we did not indulge!


The shower was fantastic and they even had a huge tub to soak in.




The bed was so comfortable with huge soft but firm pillows.


Much pricier than our normal rate but the final price sneaks up on you when they add all the fees and taxes. The rate began at $110 and ended up being $145.06 when they added the $18.75 tax and $16.00 resort fee. For that reason we will not be staying here again even though it was a great place.

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

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino


84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy
Indio, CA  92203
800-827-2946
1/12/2015, 1/4/2016


2016 Update - Not much has changed, we once again enjoyed our stay and would stay again whenever we get the chance.

Since our 18th Wedding Anniversary is the 18th of January and will land on a Sunday and we will be working we decided to celebrate early by getting a room on our days off. 

We had been to the casino two other times and were not impressed but it had been years since our last visit so we thought we would give it another chance and get a room.  We are so elated that we did, what a difference a few years can make on our opinion.

They allowed us to check in early, it was 10:30am.  We have always felt that if there is a room available why should we have to wait until 3pm to check in and they have the same attitude and we were pleased.  I had also requested as we do often to be on the lower floors and they accommodated our request by putting us in a King-Size Non Smoking on the 3rd floor.  This was one of those times we would have like a higher floor due to the spectacular view.


The room was nice even though it was on the small side but a lot larger than our home so we were still good with it.  The bed and pillows were so awesome, we both had such a nice sleep.


They did have free coffee but for the first time there would have been a $3 charge for a bottle of water, thank goodness we seen that before we opened them to use in our coffee maker.


We played awhile in the casino and had lunch at the buffet and didn’t break the bank, which is always a nice way to spend our day.

The staff was exceptional in every area of our stay.  From the very accommodating check in, to the quick and smiling buffet staff, all the way to the highly attentive casino floor staff, we were well taken care of at all times.

Now that we have revisited we will certainly return and will recommend it to others.

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

Friday, December 11, 2015

Things Went Wacky

Once we got behind in blogging, it just seemed like a daunting task to get caught up but we have to start somewhere and this moment seems like a good time.

The original plan was to just hang out through the New Year resting and relaxing once we completed the PepWear wild ride but as usual with us, a phone call changed everything. The call came from the Fountain of Youth RV Resort in Niland, California and they asked us how soon we could get there to begin work and we loaded up and we are now there for a few months.

It was a place we had interviewed with and accepted the position but the timing was off for us since we were going to give the PepWear adventure a try and we are sure glad we did but we also hoped that FOY would still need us in December instead of November as first discussed. Things have been going like that for us in 2015 and we have had the best year ever and we are praying that the feeling of being connected continues well into 2016.

We are working in the Café 4 nights a week, so we will have 3 days off to have some fun, soaking in the hot springs, having a few play days in Palm Springs and just enjoying ourselves since we will only be working about 20 hours per week. We usually work many more hours but we thought since we were not taking the time off that it would all sort of work out since we also made a load of cash in the past few months we could now have the best of it all. Keep a little cash flow coming in and also have plenty of time to rest and check out some exciting spots.

Our feelings about the PepWear adventure are mixed, we miss the fun we were having working with them but honestly we missed Maggie and the lifestyle that comes with her. Hotel living and eating out every day is nice for a few months but to do it continuously would not be our choice for a lifestyle, but to do it again next year…absolutely!

We will try to catch you all up on our fun activities for the past weeks including our reviews of all the places we stayed, the great places we were able to visit, the fantastic food we ate and how the heck I landed in a wheelchair for a few weeks, not the best ending to that adventure but we made the best of an unfortunate situation.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The Finale of the BOA Adventure

Once we completed Atlanta we only had the Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana left to conquer, but we had a week off in between for some rest and playtime. Originally we added Monday night so we could visit Atlanta Motor Speedway but due to the torrential downpours we decided against going to the Speedway, instead we did our laundry and some errands.

We left on Tuesday it was still raining, we drove only 230 miles to London, Kentucky and stayed at the Country Inn & Suites for one night. We headed out in the morning to our next destination and it had finally stopped raining. We arrived at the Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Indiana, the hotel was nothing special and they charged double what we had been spending on our stays everywhere else so we would not recommend and we will not be back.



Our main purpose for staying there 2 nights was first a play night which thank goodness we won a few jackpots and most importantly to visit the Kentucky Speedway


They were having a great promotion and we were going to take advantage of it, for every $40 we spent on tickets or in the Gift Shop we would receive 3 laps around the track driving our vehicle.




What a rush…Traveling around 70mph on the track with the high banks is almost a third of what the racers do and I was feeling the G-Forces and could not imagine how they do it for hundreds of laps but it was a lot of fun! Too bad we didn’t have Maggie with us since she would have loved to put a few laps under her wheels!







Our next stop was in Elizabeth, Indiana at the HorseshoeSouthern Indiana Casino Resort where we stayed for 2 nights in an appropriately charged, very welcoming and clean King Bed room that we were allowed to check in early. Had some fun gaming and had a great dinner at Smoke & Rye.


To begin our meal, I had the Chili Verde which had a kick that was not overly spicy but just enough to make me want more and more…


Jerry had the regular Chili which had the right amount of spices that sent his taste buds to another place entirely and had a wonderful finish…


For our entrée we shared the best Smoked Rubbed Ribs we have tasted and an absolutely delicious Brisket Sandwich…



From there we headed back to the LaQuinta Inn & Suites in Indianapolis, Indiana where we once again worked at Lucas Oil Stadium, but this time we worked 4 long days for the Grand Nationals. We were so tired at the end but at the same time so proud of what a great job we had done throughout the prior weeks of events.

We are happy to say that we loved working for PepWear and would return anytime if they get more work like this again and we do plan on working again next September when the BOA starts up again.

All that was left of our adventure was to drive 1,000 miles back to Cedar Hill, Texas to drop off the trailer and pick up Maggie. We decided to take it slow and make sure while traveling we would also rest our aching bones.  My knee was just getting back to normal from when I had hurt it a few weeks prior when we were loading the trailer in Delaware so we wanted to just nurse our bodies back to health and since the weather was wet for most of our driving days, we just puddled jumped our way south to Texas.

Ate at a few marvelous places along our way...One of our favorites was 17th Street Barbecue in Marion, Illinois where we enjoyed not only the best service but also the tastiest appetizers...


the yummiest Moonshine drinks...



the most scrumptious sauces and sides...





and the absolute most flavorful and tenderest ribs and brisket ever...


we even took some of the Magic Dust home for us to use in our own cooking!


Another of our stops was in Bossier City, Louisiana where we stayed at Margaritaville Resort Casino and we had a blast. The room was a fantastic deal with a perfect shower and a marvelous King Size bed with these huge pillows and…we soon found out that with the exception of Nevada Casinos, usually all others do not offer free alcoholic drinks but they did and of course while at Margaritaville what better drink then to enjoy…Margarita’s! We hit a huge jackpot and left with much more than we came with which is always a great thing!




Our next step on our journey was to tour Texas MotorSpeedway but my knee had other ideas. We arrived at the speedway and paid for the tour, there was just the two of us so the driver did not bring out the step to get into the van and it being such a simple task I didn’t give it a second thought but then I put the wrong leg in first and while attempting to hoist myself into the van there was this crunching sound and excruciating pain, like nothing I had ever felt before. I then realized I could not put any weight on it at all…not at all! Jerry just about carried me back to the truck and I insisted he go on the tour without me and I would just rest my knee in the truck.









Thinking that it would just ache for a little while as it has done many times in the past few years but this time was so very different. A doctor or an emergency room was needed but since I do not believe in them I decided it just needed rest. So for the next few weeks I used crutches and/or a wheelchair to keep the weight off of it. Neither were too appealing and soon realized how inconsiderate many people are when it comes to getting out of the way…thank goodness I had Jerry! It ached a lot but the excruciating pain only happened when I tried to walk on it so I rested as much as possible but as the days past it began to feel better if I took a few steps every once in a while instead of being totally dormant as I had been for the past few weeks. Currently my knee constantly aches and at times a shooting pain runs through the knee but I can finally put some weight on it and stand for extensive periods of time, also the soakings in the springs are helping a lot.

We dropped off the truck and trailer and picked up Maggie…as usual she was a champ! After sitting for over 2 months, she started right up and gave us absolutely flawless travel days out of Texas. We had no plans and since we had most of our pay from PepWear and a few jackpots we were not concerned and actually thought it would be nice to just take the next few months off to relax and heal my knee. But then as usual our plans changed.

Long before we left Bryce Canyon, we interviewed with the Fountain of Youth in Niland, California but when PepWear got confirmed we opted out of FOY and thought we might have burnt a bridge but lo and behold out of the blue we received a call asking us if we were available and how soon we could arrive. My knee was beginning to feel better and I was attempting to walk more often but we still had a plan to go to Laughlin for some more play time and that is what we did…but in a little different way that we plan to do in all of our future visits.

We parked Maggie in the boondocking area behind the Tropicana where we got a room for 2 nights…free of charge due to our extensive travels with Hotel.com that we plan to continue to take advantage of the even more nights we still have left to use.

The room was old and worn without any extras…no coffee pot or microwave or fridge and they were even very skimpy with toiletries…we had 1 small bottle of shampoo which we had to use to wash our hands, bodies and hair since that was the only toiletry to be found. In our many visits to Laughlin this was our first stay at Tropicana and will definitely not happen again.

Also, we found the best way to get around in Laughlin…SCOOTERS! Of course our first call was to Sue at Scootaround but they do not have any in Laughlin so since it was so hard for me to walk and on the first day Jerry pushed me in the wheelchair was a real pain we found GR Scooter Rentals and Gary Kuchta delivered us 2 scooters for $60 for 24 hours…he dropped them off, we paid him cash and off we were exploring the area and we had a blast without hurting my already painful knee. From now on this will be the only way we travel while we are in Laughlin. 

We then headed to the Fountain of Youth to spend some time working part time in the Café. By the time we leave here we will be spoiled by only working 20 hours each per week and having 3 days off to enjoy ourselves soaking and checking out all the area has to offer, we have already met a bunch of nice folks.


This post has a lot of information and we did not want to include all of our reviews so look for them in the upcoming weeks and we will try to keep you all updated on a more regular basis. In the meantime, we hope you all enjoy your holidays and for the first time in a very long time we are not looking forward to ending this year but we will be welcoming the next one with open arms and hope that it comes close in comparison with our 2015 which has been the best ever!

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