Wednesday, September 05, 2012
What Were We Thinking?
We had time to spare and were just going to hang out in the Southern California area until our new work begins the end of September. We will be working a Pumpkin Station, a big difference from the Pumpkin Patch we had been doing the past few years. This job will allow us to use our management skills, not our physically hard working skills. What a relief that will be and the hours are not as intense either. We are looking forward to opening another chapter in our lives.
In the meantime, we wonder if we are truly cheap or are we really just frugal as we always say we are? This past decision challenged those thoughts.
Many of the RV Parks in California are expensive and we have been using our memberships to lighten the blows, but because of the holiday weekend we could not find any that we could use our memberships and found out many were actually doubling their weekend rates, they were almost charging $100 per night for a minimum of 3 days. We looked and looked and finally came across one of our memberships that would allow us to stay for only $10 per night through the weekend and into the week. We jumped on it without thinking…first mistake! We knew it was a nice place since we had stayed there before, but that was in February of 2010. The place hadn’t changed much but the big difference we noticed was it was nearly empty. We soon realized why, it was September in Desert Hot Springs where the temperatures were still in the 100’s every day, and only cooling down to the 80’s at night. What did we get ourselves into?
After being there a few days we thought we might leave earlier and head towards a bit cooler temperatures and pay the price. We were getting cabin fever since being outdoors was too hot so we were in the rig all day long with the air running. We tried to go for a swim but the water was so warm it was not even refreshing and the mineral springs were just too HOT. Once the sun went down we tried to sit outside on the patio but it was still very warm and not refreshing either. We took showers without even heating up our water so we were saving on our propane bill. How much more cheap…hmmm…I mean frugal can we get?
We left Monday and drove just a little over an hour and got back to some more tolerable temperatures where we can turn the air off and sleep with our windows open, soak in a spa and cool ourselves in the pool…we do need to heat our water for showers but it is a price we are willing to pay.
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