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

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
Hanging out in Arizona for the winter...Casa Grande, Yuma, Quartzsite, Lake Havasu and who knows where else our travels will take us.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Big Boy...Michigan Style

We have enjoyed Big Boy several times around the United States, but nothing compares to the Michigan style and the one I relate to the best and Jerry now understands why...

They have the best shakes...this time we tried Strawberry Cheesecake and Caramel Butter Pecan and neither did not disappoint...

I had my favorite Slim Jim with Onion Rings, only Jerry got them instead but he shared and I shared my French Fries.

Jerry had the Classic Big Boy and of course he agreed that it was better than all the others we have tried in our years of traveling.

We are so grateful to be able to do the things we do in our lifestyle and tasting the different kinds of food is just one of the many things we love to do.

BOA Continues…

We worked our second event in Toledo and it was a long day…5am until almost 1am but now we are on vacation for a week while we head to Newark, Delaware for our next event. Since we were so close, we decided to spend a few days in Michigan…

We had a play day at the Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek and we had fun, played for a few hours and left with all of our money plus a little more. The rooms at the hotel were out of our price range so we opted to stay at the Quality Inn next door and if we ever decide to hang out there again, we would stay at the Casino Hotel or if we have our RV they have boondocking and a few electric sites to offer. The Quality Inn was not up to our standards, nothing really wrong, just not a place we would return but we enjoyed the casino.

Our next stop was in Port Huron, right on the channel which allows freightliners to come through all day and night and our hotel was right on the water by the Blue Water Bridge.

We thought about and really wanted to cross the border into Canada to check out the Casino but did not want to do it in the company truck, plus the traffic on the bridge was packed most times and that bridge is scary enough without being stuck on it in traffic.

Instead we took a drive around the thumb to Port Austin and then back. I got to drive which is my happy place and Jerry was the co-pilot and we just laughed and enjoyed the drive. Being in Michigan brings back so many memories, some good, some not so good but it is my home state and will always hold a dear place in my heart.

In these parts of the country it seems Macaroni and Cheese is a staple in all restaurants including Freighters Eatery & Taproom in Port Huron attached to our hotel and these dishes are not your ordinary dishes but instead they served a Scallop, Bacon Macaroni and 5 Cheese dish that was so scrumptious it was sinful. Jerry had the Reuben which was also tender and succulent and so tasty it kept you wanting more.

We also stopped at Lake Huron at Port Huron Lighthouse Park and put our feet in Lake Huron again. There are so many memories from when I was younger...I used to fish on this Channel, this is one of the places I scuba dived and use to take the boat up to Lake Huron often to fish and to dive but now it's much nicer to share it with the man that I was always meant to be with. Life certainly is the best it has been.

We will be leaving Michigan tomorrow and are planning to get closer to Delaware the next few days for our next event but not too close since NASCAR is in Dover this week and prices are soaring in the area, so since all the hurricanes are away from the shore for now, we are going to hang out on the ocean for a few days before we head into Dover next week.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

BOA Begins…

Well it has been an eventful few weeks, it is always the longest drive for us from Cedar Hill to our first event and this year we had to keep an eye out for Irma so we stretched our route to navigate around her instead of right into her or her aftermath.

We left Amarillo and headed for Cedar Hill to get the truck and the trailer and drop off Maggie for a few months. We finally got the go ahead at the meeting on Saturday that we could leave on Sunday so we could get ahead of Irma, which is exactly what we did.

We got a little road weary but we drove 1400 miles in just 4 days, we drove 200 one day, 500 the next, then 200 the next, then 500 the last so we could get out of her way and we made it Canton, Ohio and worked our first event at the Hall of Fame.

We had a few nice hotel stays along our route…

Our first stay was at the Horseshoe Casino Hotel in Bossier City, Louisiana, not our first time here but will probably be our last. Check in was a breeze but the entire place just somehow seems outdated but we had a few hours of playtime.

We stopped at Buc-ee’s (our first time), we had seen advertisement for many years but never stopped but we wanted some good jerky for our driving days ahead and we were not disappointed. Amazing how huge the store is and they have EVERYTHING!

We have had some great food already...

A Red Lobster stop in Canton, Ohio, the Scallops were so succulent with a scrumptious wood burnt taste to them and the Lobster Mash Potatoes was like nothing we had ever had before but want again and again.

We ordered in while we were in Canton, Ohio and the salad was cold, refreshing and the best tasting salad, Jerry loved the Woogie, me not so much, sort of like a Calzone but for me it was not that great.

Now that the long driving days are over for a few weeks, we can now settle down and do some vacationing during our down times since our work day is over 18 hours but that is only one day a week and the rest is short travel days.

We took a few days after our first show to relax in Huron, Ohio. Our hotel was on the channel and the view was great. 

We ate next door at the Harbor House and the food was spectacular. Since we were not driving we chose to have a La Casa Sangria which definitely hit the spot. Just a nice fruity taste.

Something we have noticed a lot once we made it back east was Mac & Cheese Bites so we had to try them and they were soooooo good, these were made with Gouda...the comfort of Mac & Cheese with a slight crunch from the coating was amazing. 

Jerry did his best and actually finished all of his Monster Mac and it was loaded with 4 burger patties, American, Pepper Jack, Cheddar, and Swiss Cheeses with Bacon, Ham, Mushroom, Lettuce, Tomato and topped off with an Onion Ring...he was a happy camper...

I had the Bang Bang Shrimp Basket...Corona beer battered shrimp tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce which was so tasty, not too spicy but it did have a light creamy bite to it. The Rosemary French Fries were so delightful, crunchy on the outside and the good taste of potatoes on the inside.

We tried staying here last year but they closed for the season so we were disappointed, but this year they are going to see if they can stay open all season, they asked us to come visit them in December, we both agreed NOT! We do not want to be anywhere near the Great Lakes in December, November is rough enough in Indianapolis, last year we missed the snow only by one week, hopefully we are as lucky this year as well.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Amarillo Ranch RV Park & Big Texan Steak Ranch

1414 Sunrise Drive
Amarillo, TX 79104
May – September 2017

7701 Interstate 40 Access Road
Amarillo, TX 79118

These two places for us went hand and hand for many reasons so we decided to join our two reviews about them both, not just as customers but as workers too.

They charge $39.00 with no discounts but they accept Good Sam, AAA for 10% off or Military for 15% off the nightly charge. They offer full hookups only, water, electric 30 or 50 amps, and sewer and the nightly sites are pull through on gravel with a picnic table and most sites are level.

They have an indoor pool and spa...

The showers and restrooms were kept immaculately clean and were designed nice...

They have two fenced in pet areas, grassy areas to hangout and a playground...

We found this place during a rough patch in our lives and it was heaven sent. We learned that we could once again trust people with their words and not believe that all people are critically prejudice against the age of Maggie.

We worked here for several months and of course there were personalities to deal with but we made it through and even had some fun times through it all.

This is a busy overnight park, not the typical destination park so we had a nightly turnover of RV’s which made it very exciting for us, we love busy and this place definitely fits that profile.

Our manager, Bill is not a hands on, micro-manageable type of person which was a definite plus for us, we love taking reign of our situation and just having a blast. He was also a man of his word, what we discussed in the interviewing stages, he stood by it all.

We worked only about 30 hours each per week, which was unfortunate for us but that is what we agreed to and when he could offer us more he did, but it didn’t happen too often.

We received several free meals at the Big Texan Steak Ranch since they now owned the RV Park and that was a nice perk. Free limo rides there was also a good perk to have given to us.

We would highly recommend staying at this RV Park, since it is very clean, the staff is very friendly and even though the sites are a nightmare to situate campers it still is a great place to stay for a night or longer.

As for the Big Texan Steak Ranch, it’s one of those places that is a must see at least once. The food is good and at times it’s not but the atmosphere is outstanding.

They have a stage where at most times there is at least one person attempting the 72oz challenge and it’s fun to watch.

They have a gift shop with some pretty cool items for sale. Then if you go to the back, and we mean the very back of the place there is an area that is the Brewery and even though we are not beer drinkers the atmosphere back there is where the fun is at and there are so many Kodak moments.

The free limo/shuttle ride there and back is just a complete package to the things they offer. The limo’s have horns as do the golf carts they use to escort you to your site at the RV Park, just a very cool place to hang out.