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!

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Our Last Event in Arizona…THEN EVERYTHING CHANGED!

A well needed week off to rest our bodies and get things organized for our next adventures when we head out of Arizona next week. In the meantime we are enjoying barbecuing and cooking our meals since once we adventure out, there won’t be many opportunities to do it. We did our honey dos of haircuts, hair dye, cleaning, packing and making reservations, deciding what we need and want to take with us on this 7+ month adventure.

The Pima County Fair in Tucson was an 11 day event that ended on May 1st with long hours. We were at the location for the FMCA Event a few weeks ago so it was familiar to us, but we were in a different building. We setup on Wednesday and began the long hours on Thursday, not too long during the week, only about 8 to 9 hours, while the weekends were over 12 hours, but as usual we made it through. It was a good event with many nice people, both vendors and customers. It wasn’t as successful financially as we anticipated it to be but we would consider returning next year. 



The only fair food we ate was the Texas Pretzel…it was huge, soft and chewy, just like I love it.

We will be leaving on Sunday and heading east, not in our usual travel attire but it’s still traveling like we love doing. Truck with small trailer, hotels and Airbnb’s verses motorhome and campgrounds…it will be interesting!

WOW…JUST WOW…EVERYTHING CHANGED IN AN INSTANCE WITH ONE PHONE CALL!

That was definitely an eye opener…It’s been one of those years already and it just keeps getting stranger…

It’s getting to the point that we can’t depend nor trust anybody but each other. It turns out that the company we worked with this winter are not people of their word. They lied and used us and it cost us a lot more than what they gave us and now we need to hold on to our faith and figure out what is next. All the plans and reservations have been canceled and we need to find work for the summer, but this time we need housing too! We need to look forward and just believe, knowing it will all work out…SOMEHOW!

We gave our all to this company because they claimed to be a family run business who cares for one another. We took a huge hit financially this winter when we should have chosen back in January, when we lost our motorhome to find other work with housing. But, instead we chose to stay and work through it with their assurance of great things to come. They had all these events already scheduled and all our concerns were comforted over and over that the big picture was going to have much more success. We went through our savings quickly paying for our living expenses without so much as a bone being thrown by them. Several times our paycheck was short by hundreds and we had to constantly ask for the rest which took until next pay period to get it straightened out.

We continuously received comforting reassurance from them that once we head east things would get much better. We wanted to believe them so we began making our plans with the assumption that we were full time employees. Then, to make matters worse, we had been approached several times by other companies that were wanting us to come work for them, but we continuously turned them down because we had hope in this company. Hind sight is definitely hard to see, we should have known they were going to pull the plug because it was obvious they could not continue paying us. Besides our paychecks being short continuously, there were issues when we arrived to some of the events that their credit cards were being declined. All those things should have raised the red flags but when we mentioned our concerns, they comforted us with what we thought at the time were legitimate reasonings.

Decisions were made the past few months that cost us dearly, all because we believed in others words instead of once again trusting in our guts. Being so desperate that finally after almost 20 years of traveling full time, that we finally found the right fit for us. We were so wrong and it hurts.

We’re both feeling disconnected and discouraged, so far this frigging year SUCKS! So many dreams, plans and exciting opportunities just evaporated into the thin air in a moment. It’s so sad that we never seem to get what we need and definitely NEVER what we want! Life has really been tough on us and we just feel so deflated and defeated! 

Tomorrow is another day and we are hopeful that in a moment things could once again change for our better! Yes, it was a shocker but as usual we will rise above their pettiness and do what we have to do…just not sure what that is yet, but we will figure it out but for now we will just continue hanging on!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Decisions…Decisions…Decisions…

Our event was at the Maricopa County Fairgrounds for 5 days and they were all very long and slow days but we made it through. We had lots of time to meet some great people and to just enjoy it all. We tasted some fair treats…







Eegee’s is a fruity slush with big chunks of fruit throughout, we partook in several of those because it was in the high 90s all days and the slush chilled my inners. Thank goodness we were inside with a well working swamp cooler.


We also had a burger, fries and chicken tenders on our last day and it was tasty but costly…small portions at high prices, not good.

Since the Fair was over 100 miles away we had to get a hotel, rates were extremely high, but we found one in Tempe, just under 10 miles away.

The Tempest Hotel was a preppy hotel located by ASU. Our King bed was comfortable, the air conditioning was perfect, the shower was a walk-in with light water pressure, no free breakfast included, in our photos we should have had a couch but instead there was only one very uncomfortable chair. We have Gold Status and are usually able to get a free upgrade and check in early if there is availability. Instead we were informed that check in time was 3pm and because it was 2:47pm we would be charged an additional $50, we chose to wait the 13 minutes instead. Not happy with the terrible customer service everywhere nowadays, she wasn’t rude, just matter of factly with no wiggle room.



On our week off in between the 2 fairs, we rested but we also did a lot of honey do’s in preparation for our next leg of our journey…we are headed to Maine with our truck and using a cargo trailer that we will pick up in Virginia once the Pima County is completed the first part of May. We have events lined up in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Upper State New York, we even have a NASCAR race on the agenda at Pocono Raceway in July…we are beyond excited! We will be staying in hotels and AirBnBs until we return to Arizona in December where we hope by then the outrageous prices will drop so we can get our next motorhome.


Monday, April 04, 2022

Time is Flying

We are at the Park Model for a few weeks since our events our nearby. 

Our first event was at the Pima Fairgrounds where we will return next month for the Fair, but this event was the FMCA. Nice to be back amongst our people, RVers. It was a 4 day event with long hours and it was hot. Even though we were indoors, unfortunately they don’t have or would not turn on the air conditioning, instead they used the swamp cooler which usually is sufficient this time of the year. We know because when we lived in Phoenix, we had one and it worked fantastic, but you have to keep the water running and they kept making excuses why the water continued to be turned off, so it was hotter indoors then the 90+ degrees outdoors. It was a good event but none of these out west events even come close to comparing to the ones we worked back east.


Our next event was at the 4th Avenue Street Fair held in Old Tucson which for us was a total shit show. We were stuffed in like sardines and for our booths location, it was right on the trolley tracks with a step up to half of the booth…it was very difficult to walk around safely. The heat was tremendous especially since our booth had direct sun in the afternoon from noon until after 5pm.



Police, Sheriff and even the Bomb Squad were constantly patrolling around the event. There were many homeless people just hanging around all day, a few fights and incidents occurred near our booth, it was really uncomfortable. There was  trash everywhere throughout the entire event and the staff were not keeping up with it all. There were piles of bodily waste in corners as well as urine spots everywhere…it was a cesspool. 

It had more of a party atmosphere, like a block party event with lots of alcoholic beverages beginning as early as 9am, it was not a selling market. As much hype that we got about this event, it ended up being a huge disappointment except for some delicious eats.

We ate corned beef and pastrami sandwiches from the 4th Avenue Deli that had a great spicy mustard on them.  


We also had Chicken Strips that were so juicy and flavorful at The Drunken Chicken. The Cole slaw was fresh and crunchy with the perfect amount of sweetness verses vinegar. The burger was fresh and flavorful, but the Mac n Cheese was disappointing.





Now we have one day of rest before heading to Phoenix for the Maricopa County Fair 5 day event. It will be indoors in a climate controlled building that will be a blessing since temperatures are already rising into the 90s here in Arizona, and we’re in a hotel that has great working air conditioning.

We only have a few events left here in Arizona and we will not be able to secure a motorhome to continue our dream. We are so disappointed and discouraged but as usual we will prevail and figure out our next adventure. 

Monday, March 21, 2022

Things Are Coming Together

Since this 2 day event was 150+ miles away in Litchfield Park we stayed at My Place Hotel. We had stayed in one of these many years ago and this one was really nice. The customer service was excellent, the room was roomy, the shower head was exhilarating, the bed was super comfortable and they even had a full kitchen. No dishes or cookware but a refrigerator with a slow making ice machine so we had to buys bags of ice since they do not have one on any floor.




The Litchfield Park Arts & Wine Festival was fun and much better than last week.



We usually bring our food but chose to indulge and split a Rueben Grilled Cheese Sandwich and some Mac n Cheese Bites…both were amazingly delicious! The Rueben’s sauce had a nice tang to it and the bites coating was light and delicious.


We found our truck…meet Steely! We’ve searched and finally chose our best option and we love it. Now we’re in search of a motorhome or trailer whichever works out best for us.


Our next event was nearby and so slow and boring, not our type of event but we muddled through it.

We also made our last move for a few months, we moved our stuff 2 sites over to the much larger park model. It has a comfortable king bed, roomy main room but the bathroom is a little smaller. Otherwise it will work just fine for us until we find our motorhome or trailer or until we head out in May, whatever comes first. We were so excited to finally be in our final move that we forgot to take pictures without our stuff. What a huge difference moving from site to site or park to park in our motorhome than having to move our stuff in and out in the park models.


We were only there for 2 nights when we got the word of a change of event plans, we would be traveling about 150 miles to our next event in Carefree. We also wanted to meet up with friends, so we made a nice road trip out of it. We met up at Harrahs Ak Chin where we spent the night after meeting up with them enjoying conversation and some lunch.



It was tough finding a hotel nearby so we had to settle for Comfort Inn & Suites right off I-17 & Bell, our old stomping grounds. It was a little rough, the area is not the best with numerous homeless people on all the corners. Our room was spacious with all the needed amenities, a comfortable bed, decent shower head, but very bad air conditioning in our room. We had them check it out a few times but it stayed the same, they gave us a tower fan which was like a mini air conditioner which helped a little but it was still hard to sleep. Our window didn’t have a screen so we weren’t comfortable leaving it open as it was much cooler outside and in the hall then in our room. It was frustrating paying such high prices and even though the staff were all very  accommodating, the issue remained the same inconvenience for us. They did compensate us a little when we checked out.


Our event in Carefree was better than the one that was scheduled, still not awesome but we are trying to get them all situated for next year and going forward. Weather was strange, on Saturday it was 87 scorching degrees and business was slow and people were cranky. Sunday was 67 cool degrees and business was much better and people were fun.