Tuesday, December 19, 2017
3241 S Montgomery Road
Casa Grande, AZ 85193
We paid $96.03 + electricity for a back in, water, electric, sewer site on gravel with a patio. It was their weekly special rate which included 3 extra nights but we only used 2 of those extra nights.
The location is actually in the middle of nowhere with nothing around for miles and about 10 miles from the city of Casa Grande so you would think there would not be any traffic noise and you would be wrong. Montgomery is a road in which traffic is doing 55 mph and the sound of vehicles screaming by happens all the time but no trains.
Laundry and other facilities are kept up nicely throughout the park.
Loads of activities too...
You have to be a member and they do not take reservations, so first come first serve. We would highly recommend becoming either Escapees or Exscapers prior to coming by, they must have your membership number and will not be able to join you up at the office. It's a great savings and so far the few parks we have been to are very nice.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
4555 S Mission Road
Tucson, AZ 85746
We paid $64.39 for two nights using our Passport America 50% off membership. Even though they advertise the price is $53 per night for a back in, water, electric, sewer site on gravel with a patio and picnic table, this is one of those resorts that add all sorts of taxes on top of the price.
Even though there are many park models in this 1,000+ site resort, there are also many RV’s too, so we didn’t feel out of place. They do have the 10 year rule but checked out Maggie and allowed her in without any issues.
There are several areas for laundry, restrooms, showers and loads of activities with rooms for everything including workshops and craft rooms.
We were welcomed and would stay again if we are ever in the area again.
Thursday, December 07, 2017
600 E. Saguaro Drive
Benson, AZ 85602
We paid $55.78 + electricity for 7 nights, yes you read that right. They had a special for first time visitors so we took full advantage of it and it is a fantastic place to stay. They offer cable TV but we used our DirecTV and we attempted a few times to connect to their WiFi but it was slow. Most of the sites belong to residents that sublet them out while they are not using them. Most of them have sheds on the lots where they cannot live in but is a nice addition to their site where they would park their RV’s. We are unable to use the shed but we did hang out on the patio.
They have plenty of activities if you are into that stuff, for us it was a relaxation week and getting over our stomach flu so we did not partake in any of their activities.
We did have an Escapees Membership many years ago but didn’t use it very much the first year so we never renewed it, but we have decided to renew it now.
The views in the area were spectacular...
Friday, December 01, 2017
After months and months of travel, we re-entered Arizona today and only an hour in I noticed a part coming out of our front end and fly across the highway and then we lost our power steering. It could have been so much worse since it is many miles of nothing along our travels today, but we were only a few miles from Willcox where we were able to man handle Maggie off the exit. A perfect exit where we found an AutoZone and then a KOA on the same exit. There was no way Jerry could replace the part without the engine first cooling down, so we opted to shorten our travel day.
Jerry is my hero. There was no hesitation, just a matter of fact take over the situation and get it done. He is such a masterful mechanic and for that reason alone is why we like the older Maggie. Jerry can fix anything that goes wrong with her but with the new computer based engines and all we would be dependent on others to fix her. We like it this way.
We are so blessed in so many ways, but to have everyday occurrences happen to us at the best opportune moments has always been such a great blessing for us.
We have also had tail winds the past few travel days so we have been getting 11 mpg, which is an entirely different blessing since we usually only get about 8 mpg.
We will be hanging out in Arizona for the next few months, not in the same area but all over the state and we are looking forward to warmer days and much warmer nights too.
We are in the process but still not finding a vehicle to tow but we keep looking, so if anyone out there has any suggestions, please let us know. We are currently in the Benson, Arizona area for a week or so before heading to Casa Grande for a few weeks, so let us know.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
700 N Virginia Avenue
Willcox, AZ 85643
An unexpected stop for us and we were grateful to find this great park. We had issues with Maggie and the new owners and the workers are exceptionally accommodating. Allowing us to check in early, giving us a ride to the local AutoZone and assisting us with the repairs by checking in with us throughout for additional tools needed.
We paid $34.49 using our KOA 10% discount for a water, electric, sewer on a level gravel site. Cable and WiFi was not available at this time but they are working on getting it very soon.
They are in the process of totally remodeling the park and some areas are under major construction but the areas where they are completed look wonderful.
Was hard for us to review the amenities such as the restrooms and showers since they are part of the major construction and were not available to check out. The store and registration areas were wonderful, quick check in and escort to our site and the store had loads of great goodies which we did find some great items we purchased.
We have always stayed clear of Willcox after a bad encounter when we first began our travels, but this place will allow us to put it back onto possible stop in the future and we would highly recommend this place to others.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
740 Stern Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88005
11/25/2015, 11/23/16, 11/29/2017
We paid $44.82 in 2016 and $46.86 in 2017 a little more than we usually like to spend for a spacious pull through site on a concrete slab with water, electric and sewer that included free WiFi and cable.
We were finally without any injuries and the weather was warm and sunny so we checked out the amenities this time and just as we expected that all the amenities which are plenty are all very well maintained as was the manicured landscaping.
Monday, November 27, 2017
4051 Highway 47 SE
Albuquerque, NM 87105
For some reason during our years of full time traveling, we have only traveled I-25 once at the very beginning but after this time we plan to do it more often and were happy that we chose this direction at this time.
About 13 miles south of Albuquerque is Isleta Resort and Casino that also has a RV Park with free shuttle service.
We paid $33.39 using our Good Sam 10% discount for a water, electric, sewer site on fairly flat gravel with a picnic table and grill and included WiFi and DirecTV.
Due to the time of year we were there the place was isolated, but would probably be busy during prime times.
They offer a 24 hour free shuttle to the casino and we had some fun playing the many slots they have and won a nice jackpot. They have several eateries at the casino and a gas station nearby.
The next time passing through we will stay here again and do recommend it.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Our last blog post was in the beginning of October and November is almost over, once again we didn’t make the time to update our blog with all our adventures. We just got so busy working and traveling that we felt rest was just a bit more important. Yes, this year our traveling was much more extensive and before we knew it, it is now over. We traveled over 9,000 miles in the past 10+ weeks and we are exhausted and will now take the next month to travel the way we like to do, under a few hundred miles per day with days in between to rest and relax.
We do want to get out of the cold nights and head to the desert, we begin working again mid-December in Casa Grande, Arizona. Because we were tired of taking Interstate 10 west, we chose to head back to Amarillo for a few days before we head west on Interstate 40, then turn south again on Interstate 25 into warmer days and nights. Hanging out in Benson and Casa Grande for a few weeks looking for a tow vehicle is our plan. Anybody have a tow vehicle for sale, or know of anyone that does that will be in that area, let us know so we can check it out? For now, we are just chilling for a few days up in Amarillo before we get on the road again and head to warmer climate.
We had some great times with PepWear this year, but there were some rough times as well that could have and should have been avoided but that will be in our negotiations IF we decide to do it again next year. We really do love the break from the RV Lifestyle for those few months, we love the travel but just not as extensive as this year was and we love the work, but we will have to weigh it all out and see if this might be something to pursue again next year.
As for a discussion for permanent work we had going on during this adventure, call us crazy but we turned down a 6-figure income because we did not want to go back into such a structured environment. It had some great points especially the money and included travel, but on their schedule and their choices of where we go. For the most part it had too much structure and even though we thought we might be able to do it for a few years, we decided that if these are our last years of living do we really want them to be living without our freedom, so we turned them down. It was NOT an easy decision, but the bottom line was all that money would not, could not buy our happiness and we were not willing to give up who we both have become to do it. We will figure out a way to get Maggie replaced without selling our souls and getting back into the rat race.
So now we will get back into our way of travel and keep you all updated on our whereabouts so we can possibly get some visits in this year.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
3725 Harrison Street
Vernon, TX 76384
Back to the roads less traveled and only traveling a few hundred miles per day with days off in between…LOVE IT!! We decided not to drive Interstate 10 out of Texas since we hate that drive so we chose to go north to Amarillo, then I-40 W to Albuquerque and then I-25 S to Las Cruces, New Mexico before heading west on Interstate 10 into Arizona, yes it was a few hundred miles out of our way but we have the time.
We headed north on US 287 from Weatherford, Texas, we stopped after about 165 miles in Vernon, Texas where we found a Walmart and the Rocking A RV Park right next to it.
We got to the park during their lunch hours but the note gave a number to call which we did and we were quickly greeted by a nice lady who checked us in and escorted us to our site.
We paid $36 using our Good Sam 10% discount for a water, electric (30amp), sewer site on grass that was level enough so we did not have to do any leveling at all. It was a pull in, back out site which faced the playground. The area was barren during this time of the year so it was quiet.
The location was convenient, on and off highway and right by a Walmart but little else to offer as far as location.
The place was just a bit outdated but the staff was accommodating and pleasant and if we are in the area again, we will stop here for a night. Unfortunately we were exhausted and forgot to take any photos.
Monday, November 20, 2017
7652 W I-20
Weatherford, TX 76088
9/4-9/7/2016, 9/5/2017, 11/18-11/20/2017
We paid $36 using our Good Sam 10% discount for a long pull through site with water, 50/30amp electric, sewer on a concrete pad with a patio, they offered free cable and WiFi that worked fairly well.
This was a gem of a place and we did major researching for the area and decided to stay 3 days once we arrived on a holiday weekend.
The pool and spa were amazingly refreshing...
The laundry facilities that we took full advantage of were located in the same area where they had several private restrooms that were always clean...
We would highly recommend this place and if we are in the area again we most certainly will stay here. It works out to be our stopping place before and after our BOA Adventure for the past few years.
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Driving is a bit different in these parts of the country, there is traffic everywhere and through West Virginia and Maryland we have hills to where we were almost unable to use the cruise control mechanism since they were constant.
Last year we went across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnels, now this year we made it across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which was a bit more accelerating than the tunnels, much higher and it seems like it was much longer but it was not, only much more intense.
While we were traveling to get to the Atlantic Ocean, we made a stop in Canton for an overnight stop and stayed at a Fairfield Inn, we always like those hotels and this one was great. We decided to just order in and was going to opt for Domino’s but the front desk recommended Pizza Oven and it was fabulous. The wings were crispy but the insides were so moist and scrumptious and the garlic and herb seasonings were spot on. As for the pizza, well we always knew that pizza just tastes better back east and this one was by far a great tasting pizza, so much stuff on it that we could barely hold it and almost needed a knife and fork to eat it. The taste was so good and the portion was humungous, we had enough leftovers for a complete meal the next night. They have locations throughout the Canton, Ohio area and we would highly recommend them.
We made it to the ocean and now for some more R&R on the Atlantic…
On one of the days we lunched at The Greene Turtle, across from the Carousel Hotel we were staying at and the food was great.
We started with the Crab Dip & Pretzels and loved the creaminess of the dip and the pretzels were soft and so flavorful.
Jerry had the Hog Hammers Feast which was 4 hammers which are hog shanks that fell off the bone with a rich, spicy sauce lathered on them.
I had the Chicken Chesapeake which was a chicken breast sandwich with a few additions of bacon, cheese and crab dip. The chicken was tender and the crab dip was creamy and had a load of crab meat in it.
Life is good when we can hang out on the Atlantic and to taste different types of food depending on the area we are in at the time.