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

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dream Catcher RV Park
4400 East Pine Street
Deming, NM  88030
575-544-4004
2/25/2007, 2/23/2014, 4/22/2017



2017 Update - We paid $23.70 for the same site without using our Escapees Membership. We drove through a few others in the area and ended up coming back to this park because the others were just too run down and filled with mostly permanent residents, barking dogs and just looking shabby.

We paid $20.25 using our Escapees Membership for a flat, gravel pull through site with water, electric and sewer.  Our Verizon phones and MiFi had great signal and worked great.


Even though the park was very empty, they still had plenty of activities going on and they maintained the area well.


The restrooms and laundry room were clean.




No other frills to speak about, no pool or spa but we were informed that there is a gate to get to the Quality Inn next door and they allow us to use their pool and spa which we did not partake of but it was available if we chose to use them.

Even though it was located close to the highway the noise was minimum.

We would recommend it to others as they do allow non-members to stay overnight and if ever in the area again we would stay here.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Valley Vista RV Resort
1060 S Highway 80
Benson, AZ  85602
520-720-0024
2/11-2/18/2014, 11/24/2016, 4/20-4/22/2017


2017 UPDATE - We paid $19.52 using our Passport America since they no longer accept Coast to Coast and with our Thousand Trails, we need to be out of any park for 7 days before we could use it again. The place this time was deserted, the customer service was fantastic as it has been and the entire area looks great. We will continue coming to this park while we pass through but really sad that they no longer accept Coast to Coast. 

2016 UPDATE - We paid $14.46 using our Coast to Coast and additional taxes and resort fees for the same site as we had back in 2014. It was Thanksgiving Day so the office was closed but they left an envelope with our information. Customer service was fabulous over the phone since we just made the reservation the day before due to the windy weather which usually with Coast to Coast is unheard of but they made our reservation without any hassles. 


This is an Encore Resort where we used our Coast to Coast membership and we paid $13.32 which included a resort fee and taxes for a water, electric, and sewer on a fairly level gravel site.  It was nice not to be on top of our neighbor, some of the sites were a bit closer together but ours was wide and long.  They offered WiFi and cable with an additional charge, our Verizon phones and MiFi worked great so we did not need to pay the extra charge.


The landscaping was desert and well maintained.


The restrooms and laundry area was kept sparkly clean.




They had loads of activities since it is still snowbird time in this area but we like that we were still able to take advantage of our Coast to Coast membership.  The pool and spa was inviting but it was still a bit chilly for us to partake in the activity.



We would definitely stay here again if we are passing through but to stay for a long stay like a week there is not much to do in the area and there are no bike paths and the highway is too busy to feel safe.


Very rarely and especially in the middle of the night we could hear a faint noise coming from the highway and the train tracks, otherwise it was really quiet and dark.  The weather was perfect, warm days and cool nights, who could ask for anything more?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

7575 West Battaglia Drive
Casa Grande, AZ 85193
520-466-5076
4/19/2017


We paid $15 using our Passport America 50% off membership for a flat, 30 amp electric, water and sewer gravel site. Our Verizon worked great but they did offer WiFi at an additional charge.



Nice park with great customer service but the connections are so BAD we would not consider staying more than one night and NOT hook up to sewer if we did. The water and electric are at the rear of the site and in order to use the sewer we would have to run the hose under our rig. It seems they are updating everything in the park but we noticed even the sites they are updating they are still putting the sewer on the opposite side…STRANGE! Luckily for us it was one of our traveling stops where we did not plan to hookup the sewer.

It is far enough from I-10 and about 8 miles south of Casa Grande…right in the middle of nowhere.

Looks like a perfect place to do the laundry in their newly renovated Laundry room. The room was huge with quite a few washers and dryers, including some front loading ones for the bigger loads.




The pool and spa were wonderful, even though they advertise a heated pool, it was very refreshing which is what we needed since it was near 90 degrees and we wanted to cool down.



As we said, if not for the strange hookups, we might consider coming back for a longer stay, but for now we would just use it as a one night stopover.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thousand Trails
77500 Varner Road
Palm Desert, CA 92211
877-570-2267
1/4-1/17/2017, 4/4-4/18/2017

We were stuck between a rock and a hard place and our best choice at the time was to join Thousand Trails…

This park has first come first serve accommodations which we are told is the case for most of the Thousand Trails parks.


There are wonderful folks taking care of it, well maintained from what we could see since we do not use any of the facilities because we have our own in our home. The workers were always pleasant and helpful.




Roads are NOT wide and specifically has one ways since there is NO way for two vehicles to pass…it’s hard enough to allow walkers by while going down the roads. The sites are pretty much the same, they are long enough but not very wide which means your time outside is right on top of your neighbor’s sewer.


Right on the Interstate and the only available site we could find was an end one which gave us more room but it was nearest the highway. Did we mention the train just on the other side of the highway? Hardly ever blowing its horn, but the fierceness of it at times rumbled the ground around us. Thank goodness those noises stopped bothering us long ago and we were gone all day long at work, otherwise it may have eventually got to us.


We hope the other parks in this membership are better but it was what we needed at the time and we would stay here again but the sites really needs some major sprucing up.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

14200 N Indian Canyon Drive
North Palm Springs, CA  92258
760-251-6162
5/14-5/17/2013, 4/1-4/4/2017


2017 Update - We could have written this review today, same charges for the same site, same guy checked us in and the same constant wind...hard to sleep with our windows opened but the cool, fresh air at this time of the year was fantastic, but the wind, well that of course is not so great.

We literally blew into this park that is located directly across from the wind farm area.  We rocked and rolled the entire time we were there and actually cut our stay by 2 days.  We just could not deal with it any longer.

We used our Coast to Coast membership and paid $20 per night, $15 in points and $5 for resort fees for water, electric, sewer on flat gravel site.  The concrete slabs and the utilities were in a strange place on most of the sites which created a challenge in setting up.  Each site was private with an oleander fence around them, not only did it make it private it helped with the wind gusts as well.


Our Verizon MiFi and phones had good reception but they also offered WiFi at an additional cost.

The laundry room was small but clean.


The restrooms were immaculate and even had items for use.


According to many of the reviews they have done some upgrading but we have nothing to compare it to since this is our first visit here.  All of the staff were outstanding and were very accommodating with all aspects during our stay.

The pool was not part of any springs which ended up being quite refreshing due to the extensive heat while we were there so we took full advantage of them.  Our air conditioning was on 24/7 due to not only the heat but even when it cooled off a bit at night we could not open our windows due to the wind. 


We would recommend and return to the park itself but due to the heat and wind we would not recommend the area. 

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Sun RV Resorts
2500 Airport Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
888-418-6026
3/29-3/30/2017


We paid $29.97, using our Passport America 50% off Membership for a water, electric, sewer pull through gravel site that was flat with WiFi and cable included. They have several options of sites available that range from $60 to $100 per night, we chose the Economy which is on gravel near the highway and it was not so bad at all.



We had only planned on staying one night but added one more due to windy conditions and laundry, which worked out perfectly for us.



All sorts of games to play...




There was the pool and spa which were inviting...



Also the adult spa area would be nice to just hang out...



The showers and restrooms were immaculate...



They are part of the Sun RV Resort group and they have a sister resort just a few miles away, both look outstanding.

The next time we are in the area we will definitely stay for a few days longer to enjoy the wine tours. We would highly recommend this place, even though it is quite pricey, using our Passport America made it a marvelous choice.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
925-426-3340
3/23-3/28/2017

We paid $40 per night for a back in, actually a pull IN site since the poles were shared and if we backed into our site none of our hookups would have reached.

There is no room for anything on the sites, you are crammed in and they were packed...neighbors sloshing into our site and when we got the van, we were sloshing out into the road which got us all a warning on our windshields nightly.

We had been thinking about staying here for years and every time they were booked but finally got to reserve and we soon regretted it but had no choice since there were absolutely NO refunds of any kind given.

The pull through sites were on grass that were beyond wet and you could see how many folks got stuck, at least our sites were gravel so no chance of sinking into the wet mud.

We will not stay here again, even though it is the best choice in this area, we would rather stay 50 miles away at a much nicer park and travel to where we would be working.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Gateway Square Shopping Center
4889 Hopyard Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566
925-469-6266
3/27/2017


This is one of those places you wished were a chain but it is the only location and there are so many great items on the menu to try. If we would have tried this place the first day we arrived in the area, we would have eaten here every day, but unfortunately we found this place on our last day in the area.
  
The Blueberry Iced Tea, unsweetened was outstanding.



It was lunch so we had sandwiches and they split them in the kitchen, we also had Garlic Fries and Cajun Fries and everything was fantastic.

San Francisco Sourdough Crab & Artichoke – Toasted sourdough, crab, artichokes, onions, parmesan, tomatoes, avocado, jack cheese

New Orleans Shrimp & Crawfish Po’boy Royale – Battered shrimp and crawfish, Cajun remoulade, lettuce, tomato, on a soft roll



Instead of mints at the end of the meal, they serve a heaping helping of Cotton Candy...


We highly recommend this establishment and whenever in our future plans we are in the area, we will definitely try other items on the menu.