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

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
On the road again...until November 2018!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Emerald Cove Resort
2715 Parker Dam Road
Earp, CA  92242
April 2013, 12/11-12/17/2014, 1/22-1/31/2017, 2/15-3/1/2017, 4/18-4/24/2018

2018 Update - Same as past and the roads are getting even better.

2017 Update - Still no additional charges and they continue to treat us so wonderful...the roads were also worked on getting to the resort. It got so bad the last time we were here rattling that our grey tank shook loose but now the roads are much better.

2014 Update - Still no additional charges and they continue to treat us so wonderful here...it's amazing how the customer service here is so much better then many of their other properties since this too is associated with Colorado River Adventures.  The main company should have this manager train the others...

We had water issues several times during our stay and were told by neighbors that it has been going on for the few weeks they were here prior too.  While hooking up, Jerry ran the water as he always does and it began to come out like black soot...the maintenance man immediately came when we called and said they had been working on the water and will blow out the lines, he did and it fixed that issue.  A few days later while I was in the shower the water stopped and was off for about 10 minutes, I had to finish with our pump.

We paid $10 per night with our Coast to Coast membership, no additional charges for water, electric and sewer site on level gravel with a picnic table and barbecue.  Our Verizon MiFi and phones had great reception and for an additional charge they offered cable.

Our first visit we were crammed into a site on the second row from the lake where our neighbor’s awning was touching our rig and the other neighbor was using our picnic table to sit on while he washed his dog on our site.  We were not happy campers but it was convenient for us while we worked nearby and spent our days off here.

The cleaning people must have had the day or maybe the week off because the restrooms and laundry area were dirty and wreaked of a sour smell.  The smell is the water and even in 2014 it still has that smell.

The store carried all the conveniences including beer, wine, ice and even lottery tickets.  The Emerald Tiki Bar served breakfast, lunch and dinner with phenomenal pricing.  They also offered Karaoke and Happy Hour Specials on some refreshing alcoholic beverages.

We stayed here several times while we were working in the area during a slow time in between the winter and summer seasons.  Otherwise we believe this park will be packed with kids, toys and lots of activities in the River Rat’s Kid’s Club, more like a KOA on steroids.

If we are ever in the area we would stay here again, the location is great and being on the water is surreal but we would avoid it during peak seasons. 

For more photos, check out our Picasa Web Albums.

Friday, April 20, 2018

We Should Be Used to this By Now...

These have been a rough few months for us and things just do not seem to be getting any better no matter how hard we try to get them back on track. Several major issues with both vehicles and the cost has deflated our funds that were already low. Most of the band-aids we had to put on them just are not holding, it has been a bit challenging to say the least. We will get this all figured out and it will all work out eventually.

Maggie did get new rear brakes due to them beginning to squeal in Las Vegas. When we went to a repair shop there, even without them taking off the wheels to look at it, they claimed we would need a few thousand dollars for repair. We did not have it, so we put a band-aid on and just hoped it would hold until we got to Yuma and make more money for this repair. We got to Yuma safe without any issues, but it was still squealing so we made an appointment for after the show. We were not concerned since Maggie would be sitting while we worked. We are blessed that we did not allow the shop in Vegas to work on her, once we got to the repair shop in Yuma, we knew we were in safe hands.

310 Auto Works (aka 310 Diesel Works) both located at the same address…3222 S Florence Lane, Yuma, AZ 85365…928-344-3517.

We highly recommend them for all your vehicle repairs, not only did they replace more than Vegas quoted us but it was half the price to do it. Maggie had her rear brakes completely redone on both sides and even with waiting on parts from another city, it was completed in 6 hours. Vegas said they would need to keep her for days. We are grateful we found this business and as stated before, we HIGHLY recommend them for all your vehicle repairs when in the area.

While we waited for the repairs to get completed we decided to take a little drive and wash May but then still had lots of time to spare so we went to the Yuma Main Library. It has been years since either one of us had been to a library but what better place to hang out that was air conditioned, a bathroom, plenty of reading material and FREE! Jerry met a new friend…

We have been expanding our cooking skills and love the new recipes we are creating. It has been great working at Sam’s in the early mornings when they mark down their meat prices, we get great cuts for a lot cheaper. Here are just some of the meals we have made…

While we relax in Earp, we took a drive over the Parker Dam. Something we have been wanting to do for a very long time but was unable to because they do not allow RV’s, trucks or trailers. We understand why now since we went over it and it was tight in our car. The area is so spectacular for views, everywhere you go there is something gorgeous to see, that is why we love this area and continue coming back all the time. The weather is fantastic during the winter and spring months, not so much in the Summer or early Fall but we try to stay out of the area during those hot months.

More relaxation and new recipes to make for the next few days until we head to Bullhead City for our next stint at Sam's, we will be working both companies at this location.

Life is Grand!

2018 Wine Tastings

Chalet Debonne Vineyards - White Catawba
Lake Erie Wine - Madison, Ohio
Clear, crisp and a fresh ending...definitely on our list to purchase again when we are in that area!

Oliver Winery & Vineyards – White Sangria
Bloomington, Indiana
Celebratory wine from our travels, sweet and spunky taste that we would definitely purchase again!

Tabor Hill Winery – Riesling
Lake Michigan Shore – Buchanan, Michigan
Rieslings are a different type of wine for us, there are times when many of them are sweet enough but many times they are not, this time it was somewhere in the middle. Fresh and clear tasting with a dryness at the end but not lingering. We would recommend it but we would probably not purchase it again since we do like the sweeter Rieslings.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

10657 S. Avenue 9E
Yuma, AZ 85365

This is an Encore Resort, also Thousand Trails and accepts Passport America and is an almost exact replica of its sister park right next door. (Desert Paradise RV Resort)

Great laundry facilities and the game room was also nice...

The pool was warm the first day there but then the weather got hot and the pool got cooler, it was great. 

Wonderful customer service, the grounds are kept up nicely and it’s a quiet place to sleep, especially with our windows open. The sounds of the trains are still annoying and the interstate can be heard at night with the windows open but it was still a good choice of resorts to stay in the area.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

3890 S. Nellis Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89121
702-451-8005 or 866-846-5432

NO PHOTOS – We were in a really bad place in our lives so we moped about a lot during our few days here and didn’t even think about photos.

We paid $33 for a back-in, water, electric, sewer site on gravel which was very tight for many of the other rigs but we fit nicely due to our size, even with our toad but we watched near accidents all day long of many of the big rigs attempting to get into these spaces.

The park felt safe since there was a gate guard at all times but the adjacent neighborhood is so much worse than the last time we were in Vegas. Dirty, grimy and lots of homeless everywhere. This will probably be our last time in Vegas for a long time, too much traffic and really dirty.

Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404
1/5-1/12/2010, 3/19-3/26/2012, 1/6-1/8/2014, 4/7/2015, 12/1-12/5/2015,
12/4-12/6/2016, 1/25-1/29/2018, 4/2/2018

Same new wonderful management and our stay was just wonderful!

What a difference great office personnel does for the entire stay. We were greeted with a smile, and apology for not being at the office when we arrived so that we had to radio her to come check us in. Trust us, it was not an inconvenience waiting the few moments for her to make her way to the office. She then asked us...we have NEVER been asked and they have made it perfectly clear to us that as C2C members and not CRA members that we get what we get. We were given a spectacular site across the street in as how we put it, in hotzy totzy area of the park and we LOVED it. It felt as if we were in an entirely different park. It really didn't take much for her to make us feel like a millions dollars and that is all we ever ask for, just some common courtesy.

Not much has changed...unfortunately the people at the main office of Colorado River Adventures are the same nasty people whenever we attempt to change our reservation within that 72 hour period.  They should all take notes from the people who are actually at the parks since they are usually very nice and accommodating.

In December we had a little run in with the lady in the office about our site...she put us in a site right next to another site that was occupied and overlapping onto our site with stuff and vehicles when there were many other sites available. We asked to be moved and she was outright rude but finally Jerry calmly convinced her to move us. As far as customer service at the Colorado River Adventures locations we are NOT happy with it but the price and location is right so we tolerate the incompetence of the individuals who seems are just unhappy with life itself.

We stayed all times using our Coast to Coast for $10 per night without any additional charges for a water, electric, sewer, flat, graveled fairly good size site. Our Verizon MiFi and phones roamed the entire time we were here but we were able to get our computer work completed without too much inconvenience.

This park is very well maintained with security everywhere, quiet, dark and very peaceful which made it great for a good night sleep. The staff and the guests were very friendly with loads of activities for one and all. We attended a few and had a blast, we even hit a few big jackpots at Bingo.

This park is separated into two parts across the road from one another, the east and the west. Both have restrooms, recreation areas and pools that can be used by all guests.

The laundry was on the main road and was actually used for the general public and only had 6 washers and 6 dryers which made it really inconvenient for us having to wait for availability. We remembered this from our first visit and did not plan to do any laundry on this visit.

If we are ever in the area again, we would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it but you have to be a member of Coast to Coast or CRA.