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!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The CRUD Got Us…

We made our way to Westlake Village, CA to do the event with PepWear the latter part of February...

Just as we arrived we caught the CRUD and it hung on tightly to us for several weeks. We made it to work the two days, how we have no idea, we were both running fevers, coughing so hard that our ribs hurt and holding anything down was not happening but we persevered. There were plenty of moments where we thought we were not going to make it but of course we did but the crud held on tightly.

Thank goodness we had a few weeks off before the next event so we took things very slowly as we headed to Sacramento for our next event. We both slept a lot and barely had enough energy to do much of anything and then it rained and was extremely cold for the event in Sacramento. We were not 100% and we both worried due to the weather that we would get the crud back again. 

We rested ourselves which meant work only, no other sort of activities just so we could make it through this and then the next event in Hayward which were back to back but at least the weather was a bit more agreeable in Hayward. It rained a few hours on Sunday but nothing like the all-day rain the week before in Sacramento.

In Hayward it was difficult to find any sort of decent RV Park near the event and when we did find some decent ones they were booked for the weekend so we opted to stay in at Kit Fox RV Park in Patterson which was over 60 miles from the event. We drove almost 600 miles in those 4 days but went nowhere.

We have been feeling better daily, our energy is almost all back to normal, the aches are gone but we both still have a cough, not consistently like at first but periodically we still have a cough attack but even those are getting farther in between one another.

Now that these events are over and we have 3 weeks until our next event in Mission Viejo we decided to go to the desert and dry out. We headed to Bullhead City where we have a Coast to Coast park that we will stay two weeks at $10 per night.

We just puddle jumped to get to the desert…

Our first stop was in Chowchilla which was under 100 miles. We stayed at a very exclusive The Lakes RV & Golf Resort…what a gem, check out our separate review. 

Due to some predicted heavy winds along our travels we opted to stay an extra night so we could avoid the wind so we took advantage and had breakfast at the Final Round Bar & Grill located at the Golf Course.

The next day we made it to Bakersfield and stayed at River Run RV Park, we had stayed there before and again we were not disappointed. Check out our separate review for more information.

Another puddle jump to Barstow the next day where we stayed at the KOA where prices are rising and no updates.

Finally the final day of traveling to Bullhead City and there was a section on I-40 for about 25 miles where some genius decided putting in grooved pavement, something we have noticed to be getting more frequent. It is the worse sort of road, even worse than potholes since those are at least avoidable and few and far between but with these grooved pavements it is a constant rumble. Everything inside was rattling and shaking uncontrollably and we were hearing noises we had never heard before but finally the road ended and we had a great rest of the ride. That is until we settled in our site in Bullhead City when we realized that the road had shook our overhead cabinets off the wall and were ready to fall, only hanging on by a small thread. But at the same time we felt blessed that they did not fall so we did a quick fix and plan to take a ride to Home Depot for the parts we need to secure them.

Our walls are getting weaker due to the dry-rotting and when we are in rain and moisture as long as we had been it makes those walls weaker so we can see how the road rattled the cabinets off of it. Eventually we will figure out what we will do about Maggie but for now we are just living our lives and doing all we can to have the time of our lives. Life is too short to worry so much about those things, so we patch and move forward.

We will be in Bullhead City for over a week this vacation visit and will be able to dry out before we have to head back to California for another PepWear Event in Mission Viejo. Then we have a few 11 day shows lined up with Lt. Blender at the Sam’s Club in Palm Desert then back to Bullhead City. If it ends up being a great adventure for us then we will be able to line up even more work with them. Something we are looking forward to since it’s the type of work we enjoy and we get to hang out in areas we love.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Final Round Bar & Grill

19 Clubhouse Drive
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Since the weather prediction was for lots more wind we decided to stay an additional day at The Lakes RV & Golf Resort so took advantage of the nearby restaurant on the golf course and enjoyed some breakfast.

I had the Chicken Fried Steak and it was delicious...the gravy was rich and creamy and the steak was tender and had a great seasoned coating. The Homestyle Fried Potatoes were tender and tasty.

Jerry had the Special which included eggs, sausage and biscuit with a rich and creamy gravy over the top.

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

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

165 S Dolliver
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
888-RVBEACH (782-3224)
8/15-8/17/2013, 3/6-3/10/2016

2016 Update - They had a winter special so we paid $41.16 per night by staying 4 nights. Unfortunately we were still sick with the crud so we stayed indoors for all of our visit. Also, when we first checked in they sent us to a site with a huge tree and we DO NOT do trees anymore so we asked to be moved. The first night a storm came through and several trees came down, a few on top of RV's so we were so glad that we spoke up.

We paid $66.60 per night for a flat gravel site with water, electric and sewer.  This is one of those places that the length you are is the length of the site they give you so we fit in just right but it was a nice site with a great view.  We had great Verizon and MiFi connection and did not even setup our dish but we could have used their free cable and WiFi if we needed service.

There was plenty of security patrol going around which took care of some of the barking dogs that continued to yap while we tried to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere. 

We had heard great reviews about this place for a long time and we had intended to stay way back when we first began full time traveling but just never made it a stop.  We are certainly glad we finally made it here because this place has everything you would need to have a great experience.

Laundry facilities were exquisite and the restrooms were kept immaculate.

There is a fully stocked store with ice, beverages of all kind, food, ice cream, RV supplies, anything you may have forgotten to bring. 

There is plenty for the kids to do while here at the campground, they have bike rentals, a game room, a huge TV room, Miniature Golf, the pool and so much more. 

They even have a restaurant onsite, Pismo Coast Village Grill that offers all sorts of items, from omelets and skillets for breakfast, to burgers and other sandwiches for lunch, to some pretty tasty seafood and BBQ entrees for dinner.  They even offer free delivery to your campsite.

The area has so much to offer too, including the beach and we have a separate blog for our ride into town.

We would definitely stay here if we are ever in the area again.  This is one of those places that can almost get away with charging these high California rates since it really has it all.  The scenery is spectacular!

For more photos, check out our Picasa Web Albums.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground

180 Avenue of Flags
Buellton, CA 93427
11/5/11, 8/14/13, 3/1-3/6/2016

2016 Note:  We paid $54.43 for 3 of the weekday nights and $63.50 for the weekend nights. Our plan was to just stay 2 nights and check out the local wineries but we had the crud and moving was just not an option, so we sucked it up and paid the high prices and did not check out the wineries...will have to save that for another visit.

2013 Note:  We paid 64.96 for one night with the same conveniences, the place had not changed much since our last visit.  Still a nice place but as usual in California way too overly priced for just a hookup.

They do not take any sort of discounts, so with taxes we paid $129.80 for 2 nights for water, electric, sewer, cable and WiFi pull-thru flat site on a concrete slab with a picnic table. It was a great park, but there is absolutely NO site worth that sort of nightly charge. Our Verizon MiFi and phone service was excellent.

They had loads of activities going on that we did not participate in since the charges were exuberant. They had dinners for an additional $15 per person and ice cream socials for an additional $7 to $10 charge…a bit much for our taste so we chose instead to go to the casino.

One of the reasons we chose this particular park is they advertised free shuttle service to the nearby casino and wineries which ended up being a bit misleading. The wineries were actually wine rooms, almost like a bar setting, not what we wanted. We really enjoy doing a winery tour and then some wine tasting, so we decided to just do the casino which ended up being another disappointment for travel. The free shuttle service only ran every 4 hours, we thought we could work with it but found that we were ready to leave a little after 9 pm and another shuttle was not due until midnight. The place was packed and we went into a losing phase so the next few hours were a bit stressful, but we made it through and caught the midnight ride back to the park.

The amenities were well maintained and kept very clean, but again it was cold so we did not partake in using the pool or spas.

Pet Policy – Quiet pets are welcome as long as they remain on a leash (not to exceed 6’) and under control at all times. All pets are to be walked in the marked areas, and are not permitted in building, the pool area, or the playground. Cleaning up after pets is required and is the owner’s responsibility. For your convenience, pick-up bags are available in the office. Pets may not be left unattended at any time. Consistently noisy pets or those that do not adhere to the regulations will not be welcome at the resort. Aggressive breeds such as Pit Bulls and Rottweillers are not permitted.

For more photos, check out our Picasa Web Albums.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Ventura Beach RV Resort

800 W Main Street
Ventura, CA  93001
8/13-8/14/2013, 2/25-3/1/2016

2016 Update - Prices are still through the roof at this park but the sites are decent, the security does a great job keeping the neighborhood from coming into the park and our company we were working for picked up the tab.

We paid $156.10 for 2 nights…OMG…for a pull through fairly flat site with electric, water and sewer, but for the price it should have at least included a private Jacuzzi for our usage. At each site they include a picnic table on a very green grassy area. Our Verizon MiFi worked well enough so we did not have to use their free WiFi.

The pool area was immaculate and looked very inviting. 

It is located next to a freeway and since we are so used to that noise and the sound of the train passing all the time it really did not bother us, but of course we slept with our windows closed at night and the weather was cool enough to do that. 

You are asked at check in to sign and initial all sorts of rules that are adhered to which we always do so we did not mind signing a hundred times. One of the rules were enforcing their pet policy which normally should not even have to be a rule.  Common things like picking up after them and leashing them at all times but they must have had issues and that is why they ask for all the signage when checking in. 

We arrived right after a sold out weekend and they had cleaned most of the restroom and the laundry areas.  They do have a very unique shower area which is unisex and from looking at it, we would not be comfortable showering there.

They offer such nice things, but they are things that we would not purchase but they have all the conveniences.

If we are ever in the area again we would stay here because they do take the Passport America discount for one night during the winter but otherwise not so sure about paying these high rates again.

We took loads of photos so check them all out our Picasa Web Albums.