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!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Our First Real Blog for 2018

Writing is just not what it used to be and I’m not exactly sure why that is. It could be because we are in a rut and keep going back to the same areas with nothing new to write about or it might be because it has always been that one thing I have always wanted to happen in our lives that just never quite made the turn. For whatever reason it is I am not going to whine about it, it is what it is and I will write when and if I choose.

Life has turned that way for us at this point, we are both a little cranky since once again we had high hopes of making things work out this year and once again our dreams and plans have fizzled. But, as usual there is always Plan B or C or D or even Z if necessary and as usual we will get through it.

We have decided not to panic and to just enjoy this moment, after all it is all we have but we are ready to make some drastic changes so that we do not put ourselves into this rut again next year but for now we just do what we can today.

We have been working Lt Blender 11 day shows at Sam’s for the past few months with 10 days off in between but it’s just not enough financially so as of this week we are picking up Chef Shamy to work at Sam’s and see how that goes. We are setting up both shows at Sam’s during the same time so that we can have twice the pay and we hope that might work out for us.

Alaska has been taken off our plans since we do not feel we can make it there and back without a whole lot more cash then what we currently are receiving and now that they shut down all those Sam’s in the area we had planned to travel we just cannot see it working out so that has gone on the back burner.

We have lined up work in Palm Desert and then Bakersfield thus far, we do not want to commit to much more until we decide whether working these 2 shows simultaneously will pay out or not. If so then we will begin booking more and possibly head towards Montana but if not we will have to possibly once again settle in somewhere for a short time. Not sure how its all going to play out, we now just learn to enjoy today and let tomorrow play out naturally. So very hard for us to do since we like to control our destiny but so far that has not worked nor has it got us to where we want to be so we are attempting this year to allow our lives to play out without our forcing any issues and we just sort of go for the ride.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Arizona Oasis RV Resort
Formerly Colorado River Oasis
50238 Ehrenberg-Parker Highway
Ehrenberg, AZ 85334
4/2008, 11/16/2009, 3/12-3/19/2012, 2/5-2/7/2014, 9/18/2014, 11/30/2014, 4/6/2016, 2/14-2/19/2018

2018 Update - Major renovations but also they are no longer technically Coast to Coast members, they now belong to the new program through C2C as GNP (Good Neighbor Parks) that now do not use our C2C points and cannot be reserved online anymore. You have to call them and they give you a discount price, we paid a little over $25 per night.

2016 Update - The resort is now a non-member park but still accepts our Coast to Coast membership, now charging $15 per night with NO additional charges. In November 2013 the Manthei family purchased the park, they own Sky Valley and Caliente Springs in the Desert Hot Springs area.  There does not seem to be many changes, still maintained well kept with lots of activities going on.  The staff is priceless and we would still highly recommend it and we would stay here again if we are ever in the area.

They now have a new restaurant, the River Shack located in the clubhouse where we had the Blue Moon Burger that was awesome and the fries were fabulous. They make everything by scratch and it shows in the great taste.

Our first visit in 2008 was a complimentary 4 night stay with a 90-minute tour scheduled during our stay. This is part of the WHR private membership and we are now able to utilize our Coast to Coast membership for our stays.

In 2012 we paid $10 per night with no additional 50amp or cable charges for a water, electric, sewer, flat, gravel, back in site with a concrete pad patio. The sites were a good size for us. On our first visit we had our Jeep which took some manipulating to make it all fit. We noticed many other toad vehicles parked on empty sites which could cause complications of incoming guests.

Our Verizon phones and MiFi worked great here.

Very well maintained park right on the Colorado River which on this visit did not have much activity on it, during our visit in 2008 it was noisy all day with constant watercraft noise.

The pool and spa was fabulous, clean and the perfect temperature.

Doing laundry was nice because they had a lounge area with puzzles and a television. The only issue was there were several out of order machines which made our chore more time consuming.

They had lots of activities which we did partake in a few and had a blast. This is one of those parks where there is a lot of participation in the activities and we can see why. We attended Bingo and Karaoke and fun was had by one and all.

If we are ever in the area again, we will definitely stay here as long as they continue honoring Coast to Coast.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Havasu Falls RV Resort

3493 State Route 95 North
Lake Havasu City, AZ  86404
877-843-3255 or 928-764-0050
3/1/2013, 4/5-4/7/2015, 12/7/2015, 5/2/2016, 2/13/2018

2016 UPDATE - Not much has changed, price was the same except Passport America rate was only good for one night, otherwise the place looks the same, well maintained.

In December, January and February, Passport America is not honored, we paid $53 for our site.

We paid $23.49 using our Passport America 50% membership for water, electric, sewer, fairly level site on a slab with a picnic table on gravel.  The sites seemed long enough but not too wide.  We had great reception for our phones and MiFi and they offered free cable TV.

The landscaping was well manicured and other areas were clean and well maintained.  The views of Lake Havasu were spectacular.

If we are ever in the area again, we would definitely stay here.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ridgeview RV Resort

Ridgeview RV Resort
775 Bullhead Parkway
Bullhead City, AZ  86429
3/19-26/2010,1/2-16/2012, 2/5-19/2012, 12/6-11/2014, 3/25-4/6/2016, 5/3-5/17/2016, 
12/6-12/20/2016, 3/1-3/15/2017, 2/6-2/13/2018

2018 Update - They are now part of the Colorado River Adventures which now limit our stay to 1 week with resort fees and we can no longer go right to the other locations without staying out for 7 days in between. The good news is the same guy is working but there are things like drive ups that he can no longer do as they did in the past. C2C has too many changes and all of them are for the worse for us so we will be reconsidering renewing our membership come August of 2018.

2016 Update – We could repeat ourselves totally as previous posts. Checking in is always a breeze with wonderful customer service. The wind is still frightful at times but how glorious it is to be so warm during the day and no sweater at night while enjoying the stars under clear skies. We just love it here. Even in May the pool was frigid but due to the 100 degree temps it felt wonderful, December...not so much.

2014 Update – We paid 1,000 points and then an additional $3 resort fee plus taxes per night but our Verizon was perfect and worked wonderfully.  The wind was still an ongoing issue but not as bad as in the Desert Hot Springs area.

Using our Coast to Coast membership for water, electric and sewer, fairly level gravel site that includes cable and a patio slab.  The last time we were here they did not have any extra charges, but they now added a resort fee and tax to their price as many others do but for a nice resort in a wonderful area is not so bad.  Our phones and MiFi worked fairly well, but they continued to switch from Arizona to Nevada time regularly, they offer Tengo Internet for a small charge but we just moved our MiFi around and it worked.

The laundry room has 10 washers & dryers and seems to be a very busy place but we found the time to use them.  The restrooms were well maintained but as usual we did not use them.

It was quiet and peaceful at night, but during the day every once in a while a loud plane would take off from the small airport that would shake the ground. 

The swimming pool and Jacuzzi was kept up well, even though we did not use them due to the weather. 

The people are very friendly, both the workers and the guests and it looked as if their rules were enforced, we never seen a dog without a leash and owners were picking up after them.

We will definitely stay here whenever we come through this area again and would highly recommend it to others.

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

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Don Laughlin's Riverside RV Park

1650 Casino Drive
Laughlin, Nevada
3/2007, 1/2008, 1/2012, 1/31-2/6/2018

2018 UPDATE: We were desperate due to our issues with the park we had reserved in advance so we finally found a vacancy here but was informed it was in the overflow area. WARNING...if you ever stay here and they say all they have left is the overflow area, run away fast. They pack you in like sardines, no place for your patio since you are touching one person on one side and you share a small area for your patio with your neighbor on the other side, not an ideal situation but as we said we were desperate. Our tow vehicle hardly fit onto our very unlevel site right behind our RV, we stayed 6 nights calling everyday to be moved but finally found a better place to go for our last 7 nights.

We had a water, sewer, and electric back in site with free cable. The sites are on pavement and gravel and were fairly level. We fit in fine this time, but when we had our Jeep; it hung out on the road which we noticed was the norm for most sites.

Our Verizon phones and MiFi worked great so we did not have to pay extra for their WiFi. Our phones and any clocks that automatically set themselves continuously roamed back and forth from the different time zone across the Colorado River into Arizona.

They had clean showers/restrooms and laundry facilities and the grounds were well maintained. They offered free shuttle service to the casino across the street which we preferred to walk. At check in we have always been greeted graciously and this time was no different, very friendly and accommodating.

There was no big bang, just an ordinary park! We started staying at Casino RV Parks because of the great deals they usually offer, not only the price of the park but also for deal on meals, definitely not the case with this park.

We would not go out of our way to stay here again, but if we are ever in the area, we would come back for another visit.

Pet Policy – Guests are responsible for their pets: Keep your pet on a leash; clean up after your pet. Pets left outside the RV unattended may be removed by animal control.

For some reason we thought we had photos...we do not but we will surely take photos on our next visit.