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!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

From Our Table to Yours

We are so far behind once again in updating our blog but we will…I promise…but for now we just want to say that we are back on a tree lot and getting ready for our next adventure to begin…but for today I wanted to share a few things with you all.

We have a Facebook friend, just as with many of our blogger friends, we have not met them but still consider them friends.  They are in a deep funk and are reaching out and it touches my heart to the core since Jerry and I can totally relate to them…we were there and it took every ounce of our beings to pull ourselves out and begin living our lives.  If we ended our lives as they continue to share then look at all the precious moments we would have missed.

Jerry and I have gone through some pretty rough times, not just financially, but emotionally with our family dysfunctional chaos that we are now happy to say has ended.  They finally got it that we are who we are and we do not choose to live in the chaos ever again and they have accepted it and do not contact us any longer.  At times that could be a negative, but we see it as a positive because after all these years without them in our lives we now choose to keep it that way.  We are no longer the same people and neither are they and to try to ever reconcile would not be beneficial to us or to them.

To get back to our Facebook friend, they are in that deep black hole that we were in so many years ago when we lost it all and thought we would never recover and there were moments in our lives that we have both contemplated ending it all but we were lucky enough to never fulfill that request.  If we had we would have missed out on the best years of our lives.

No, we do not have the finest things in life, even though there are times we dream about them.  But, what we do have are grand moments in our lives that would have never happened if we had followed through during those dark times in our lives and we hope that with our words we can help them or anyone else who is going down that black slippery slope of despair.

Do not concentrate on the negative, the things you do not have, the bad times.  Instead focus on all the good and believe me there is so many good things if you choose to look in that direction.

We are grateful for one another, there is not a morning that upon wakening that I do not thank the Universe for allowing both of us to have awoken and are able to share another day together.  We are grateful for our home and that our home has wheels.  We are so thankful for all the wonderful job opportunities that continue to come into our lives since we do need to work to continue living.  We are grateful for our health, even though at times the aches and pains are severe, we do know that we are both very healthy and are just getting a little older and some of those aches are inevitable. 

The list could go on and on of all the great things in our lives but you all get the road we are traveling.  If you are depressed and are contemplating ending it all, please reconsider and start looking at all the wonderful things you have going for you.  If you do not see all your good, then just take a trip and open your eyes to the many other people who have it so much worse than you do.  The folks who do not have any shelter at all, or are not healthy and have lost limbs, their hearing, their eyesight, or those who have lost all of their hopes and dreams.  We are surrounded by them daily on many street corners, or in the news, or walking past us in a daze because they no longer care. 

Take a moment in your day and understand that they are you…only they gave up… realize that by just looking into their eyes and acknowledging them or extending a hand that you can give them the hope and encouragement they need to make it through one more day.

Happy Thanksgiving and to all of our readers, we hope you all have everything you dream about and more!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Golden Shore RV Resort

101 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA  90802

We paid $263.70 for 5 nights which balances out to be $52.74 per night with our Good Sam 10% discount.  We had a flat, packed sand graveled site with water, 30amp electric, sewer without cable and a charge for WiFi.  Our Verizon phones and MiFi and DirecTV worked marvelously for us while we visited.

Customer service at the front desk was not the best, with our calls and check in, we did not feel the love, they did not do anything wrong just no great service that stood out for us.

While doing laundry in the less than adequate laundry room, we did have the maintenance man offer a ride to us to our site while carrying our laundry and this was well received.

Sites were cramped together and they did warn us with a flyer about theft within the park in recent months.  This was disconcerting to us but we noticed it was quiet at night and no mischief while we were there.

The resort was conveniently located for what we needed from our stay, but as for recommending we would not do since it is highly priced and really not a lot to offer.

For more photos, check out our Picasa Web Albums.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Touring Long Beach, California

Our main goal was to visit Catalina Island, even though we could have parked Maggie in their huge parking lot while visiting the island, we also wanted to visit a few other places while here so we opted to stay at the Golden Shore RV Resort that is located right in the downtown area.  Read our separate review on this resort.

We walked to the Aquarium of the Pacific and explored all the different areas of the Aquarium.  We paid an online package price of $42 for the Aquarium and the Queen Mary.  If purchased separately we would have paid $52 each, so we saved quite a bit doing it this way.  They offer several different packages, check them out prior to getting your tickets in case you want to save more too!

The aquarium was nice and even though there were never any of my favorite colorful coral, sea urchins and jelly fish, nothing will ever compare to my childhood favorite at the Belle Isle Aquarium we enjoyed weekend after weekend while we were kids and have some really great memories of those times.  

We stopped for lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and enjoyed it as much as we did our first visit to a Bubba’s on Fishermen’s Wharf.  

This time I had the “I’m Stuffed!” Shrimp which is Shrimp with Crab Stuffing, baked in Garlic Butter, and topped with Monterey Jack Cheese...

Jerry had Forrest’s Seafood Feast which is Southern Fried Shrimp, Seafood Hush Pups, Fish & Chips, Coleslaw… And don’t forget the delicious Sauces for dippin’ – Tartar, Cocktail and Remoulade.  Both dishes were great and very scrumptious tasting and even though it is a bit pricey we would return again.

We then took advantage of the free transportation and rode the bus to the Queen Mary.  

In its time, this ship was huge, not so much nowadays...

We enjoyed exploring the different decks. 

We did a little shopping at the shops, we checked out some of the rooms on board which we did not stay in.  We also had a drink in one of the lounges and had a great time.

We would highly recommend visiting this area and these are just a few of the many things that can be done while here.  Stay tune for more and check out our photos, photos and more photos at Picasa Web Albums, we took hundreds!

Friday, November 02, 2012

Paradise by the Sea RV Resort

1537 South Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA  92054

We paid $48.60 for one night using our Good Sam discount for a fairly level smaller site with water, sewer and 30amp electric.  They also offered complimentary cable and WiFi which we did not use since our Verizon MiFi worked perfectly as well as our DirecTV.

Customer service was high, exactly what you would expect since it is a high dollar rate they charge.  Everyone was friendly and willing to go that extra mile to make us happy.

Being so close to the tracks was intimidating at first, the noise took some getting used to, but after all being just a few moments away from the ocean...well it was worth it.

The amenities and the landscaping were all clean, pristine and well maintained.  

Even though it is way beyond our budget, we would most certainly stay here again.

For more photos, check out our Picasa Web Albums.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

It’s Official!

I am a Senior Citizen…I turned 55 and even though Jerry is right behind in a few months, I get all the discounts and he has to wait!

It’s also official we have completed the Pumpkin Station and had a blast doing it.  What a wonderful feeling of knowing that we are truly appreciated and that we are NOT workhorses, instead we are managers just like the way it is supposed to be.  We are returning for the trees, but for now we are in vacation mode and already having the time of our lives.

We stopped at the Camping World in San Marcos, California for a few minor things that needed to be done on Maggie.  We are so spoiled by having Jerry do most all of the maintenance that when we have to go to the shop we soon realize why we do not like it.  We arrived early for our 10am appointment and knew it would take some time to just diagnose the problems so we went to breakfast.  Returning one hour later and they had not even moved Maggie…ugh, this was going to be a long day.

Finally around 2pm we were out of there with hundreds of dollars out of our pockets and parts that Jerry will replace on our water heater, our jacks are now in working condition, but absolutely no answer to why our refrigerator was making that noise.  According to their diagnostics, they could not replicate the noise.  Funny how often I continue to hear it!

With that behind us, we focused on vacation time.  We stopped at Walmart to do some shopping and then checked in for one night at the Paradise by the Sea RV Resort.  Even though we had laundry and cleaning to do, we chose to have a glass of wine and take this moment to just enjoy where we were and just relax.  Check out our review on the resort, it is one of those gems…very pricey but oh so nice.

Got up early the next morning, took a walk to the beach and had a great Breakfast Burrito at Buccaneer CafĂ©.  Not only does this place have location…location…location, the food was delicious and the customer service was exceptional, Linda was a great host!

It’s time to move on down the road and visit Long Beach, not only the Queen Mary 

but we will be spending one night on Catalina Island…stay tuned for more of our vacation time and see all the fun things on our agenda.

For more photos, check out our Picasa Web Albums.