Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
We are extensively traveling around...working and having a blast...Life is Grand!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

San Diego RV Resort

7407 Alvarado Road
La Mesa, CA  91941

This is definitely more of a place where long termers stay, not an overnight park, but the reason for our stay was to visit San Diego and use the public transportation which is located right outside the resort. 

The spaces had a very strange setup, they were going every which way and to get to our first site we (as little as we are) would not be able to finagle ourselves into the spot due to the extra vehicles all over the roads.  We found another site which we preferred and they were very obliging to move us there. 

Using our Good Sam discount and a free night stay by staying more than three nights we paid $42 per night for a flat gravel site with 50/30 amp service with a sewer hookup.  The spaces were adequate, we were not touching our neighbor but that was because we chose this site, otherwise in certain sites you could be within an arm’s length of your neighbor.

The facilities were magnificent, clean and well maintained.  The pool and spa area was plush with great landscaping.  The other entertainment areas, such as the TV and Billiards rooms were under construction, but look as if they will just enhance the facilities, once completed.

The restrooms/showers and laundry areas were updated, well maintained and very clean as well.  The washers cost $2.50 and $2.00 to dry, a bit pricey but they worked very well.

We got great Verizon and MiFi coverage with our service, they did offer four hours of free Tengo Internet but no cable.

Not sure if this would be a place where we would return again, possibly for a long term stay but not for short term even though it was conveniently located right next to the Interstate and just a block from the MTS Trolley to San Diego.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sycuan Casino

5469 Casio Way
El Cajon, CA  92019
Boondocked – 8/20/2012

On our first visit here they gave us a free buffet at Paipa’s Buffet, normally costing $21 each.  The buffet was delicious; they served a huge variety of foods, including Crab Legs…yummy!

They have a huge non-smoking area as well as an upstairs with some slots and a Bingo area, they also have tables which we did not play.  We played slots until the wee hours of the morning and won a lot of money!

Boondocking is welcomed, all you need to do is park up in the top parking area and call for shuttle service.  We were noticed upon our arrival so they met us up at the parking area, we were the only ones there all night.  Check in with Security and give them your information, driver’s license, make and color of your RV and then they give you a ticket to put on your windshield and they monitor how long you can stay.  No limit to the amount of days you can stay, they just do not want any squatters.  Security came through the area often throughout our stay so we felt very safe.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Hotel Stay and Dinner at Claim Jumper

During our grueling time at the Orange County Fair, we were presented with several wonderful gifts but this one was heaven sent.  The weekend before the last we were treated to a night stay at the Westin Hotel in Costa Mesa.  It was a great room with a great view and it helped us to survive the last week at the Bacon A-Fair. 

We were able to take long hot showers, sleep and nap in a King Size Bed, and just be tourists without being around the Fair.

We walked over the Unity Bridge to the Claim Jumper for lunch.  

We enjoyed a Sangria Drink... 

Tomato on Flat Bread Appetizer...

Chicken Alfredo on Bow Tie Pasta... 

Ribs and Shrimp that the Ribs were perfectly rubbed and fell off the bones.

We learned that we need to give into more of these specialties in our lives and allow ourselves to truly be in the moment and enjoy it all.  We have a tendency to beat up our bodies and not allow them to truly heal before we beat them up more.  It is about loving ourselves more than anything and taking care of ourselves more than we take care of everything else.

Working at Bacon A-Fair was challenging in so many ways but we both pulled together and got the job done.  At least at Orange County we had a great team for the most part, there are always a few that want to disturb the flow, but we learned enough that those moments passed quickly when we say what needs to be said.  We learned to say it without malice, but we said it firm and when and if that did not work, we went to the boss and he immediately took care of it by backing us up. 

Everything in our lives is a teaching tool, everything has a purpose.  It either shows us something new or confirms something already learned.  The lessons we learned these past few months are priceless and we look forward to sharing them all with our readers.  Thank you again to all of you for staying with us during these times when we don’t write very often and we look forward to more of your comments, we have truly missed them.

NOTE:  All photos were taken with my IPhone since I forgot…can’t remember the last time I forgot to take one of our many cameras with us, goes to show you just how tired we were during this adventure.  The quality of photos with our IPhone is not as good as our cameras, but they do help tell our stories.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wow…What a Ride!

This adventure began in June and ended on August 13th when we pulled out of the Orange County Fairgrounds looking for some rest and relaxation.  We drove a short distance to arrive at the Pechanga RV Resort in Temecula, California.  Time to rest, play a little, Jacuzzi, barbeque, swim, clean, relax, and get our bodies and minds back into what they were before this entire adventure began.

This was by far the hardest we had worked in a very long time.  The hours were long, most were 13 hour days, others 15 and more.  The heat was extreme, some days hitting almost a hundred degrees, but adding the heat from the smokers, grills and more grills it was excruciating.  We made a boat load of money and we were blessed with working with fantastic owners.  They treat all their staff as if they were irreplaceable.  They were always concerned about our welfare and showed it in so many different ways.

One of our worst and one of the best adventures we have ever been on…

After almost a week we are now feeling almost back to normal.  We will be leaving here tomorrow and the plan is to head for San Diego to be tourists.  Something we had planned to do back on our honeymoon over 15 years ago. 

Another part of feeling normal is to get back into the writing and photography mode again.  I have missed it so much and do not feel complete unless I make it a part of my daily lifestyle but it has been a challenge to get there once again.  Something I plan to rectify in the near future.  We have so many stories to share and so many life lessons we learned during the past few months but just could not find the time to write about them all.  Life always has something in mind for each of us and it is not always obvious, but looking back it becomes apparent why we made the choices we did…

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