Our New House
It was brought to my attention that we haven’t updated our Blog since 2013. Since we have become stagnant and haven’t really traveled for a while I didn’t have much of interest to post. Not that our life isn’t interesting, there just isn’t much RV Travel going on.
Well recently we have turned another page in our lives. We decided since we like our lifestyle so much that buying a house wasn’t in our plans. However we have pretty much outgrown the RV so…
We bought a Park Model home in the same resort where we have lived for the last 11 years in the motor home. If you are not familiar with a Park Model, it is a small 400 square foot manufactured home. Ours however is a bit more than a simple park model. First off ours is set in the ground so it is ground level, then a 200 square foot addition was added making it 600 square foot overall and the whole thing is stuccoed and the roof is tiled. There is also a 117 square foot building on the property, which serves as a laundry room and a shop. This building is attached to the house by a covered patio with outdoor kitchen. Along with the real residential appliances they topped it off with an air conditioner that can turn the house into a meat locker in the 120-degree Arizona summers. You can see more photos by clicking on the link in the left column.
I have added a link to the photos of our house HERE.
So, although we are keeping the motor home, it looks like we are not Fulltimers anymore.
Best wishes to all our readers and I hope your travels are as enjoyable as ours.
I will leave the Blog up because I know others enjoy reading about our travels.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The Thanksgiving week was interesting. Tending to the hordes of kids and juvenal acting adults while entertaining guests of our own was a challenge, a challenge we concurred very well. For some dumb reason, maintenance decided this week would be a good week to bring in a number of dump truck loads of dirt. Well…every kid in the park with a bike saw it as a perfect motocross track. I played the part of “dirt police” all weekend trying my best to keep the kids from riding down the streets, across the handicap parking, over the dirt, up into the “closed for rehabilitation” area, then around the bathroom/showers, and back in line to go again, all with no helmets. Putting up barricades did nothing, they just ran them over. Talking to the parents did nothing, they didn’t want to deal with it. Noting it in the log book for the Rangers did nothing. And of course all the “No Skateboard” signs around the bathroom/showers ment nothing to the skateboarders. Even with all the policeing I did, I did get a thanks from some of the parents for being cool about the whole thing. They said the guy last year was on them about every little thing they did. I thanked them and told them, I just want everyone to have a good time.
Our grandson came to visit yesterday. Susan put her Host visor on him, we made him a junior ranger for the day, gave him a trash bag and put him to work. He had a ball picking up trash. We had to laugh as one person was heading for the beach with their dog and Landen yells out, “No dogs on the beach” and as one driver came zipping by he yells out, “Slow down”. This guy is only 4 years old and right on the ball.
Things are very quiet right now, Whew.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
This little guy was cruising in style today. Today was a great day for cruising too. It was pushing 80 degrees and this evening is in the 70s. Is it really the middle of November?
I figured out that, if we were getting paid, we would be making about $11 an hour. Actually if you add up the time actually worked it would be double that. Not bad for a gig on the beach. Somebody Pinch me, I must be dreaming! To be honest though, I am already getting the itch to travel again.
Another killer sunset tonight. We are finally starting to get some cloud cover to make the sunsets look nice. Those surfers just don’t want to give up in fear that they might miss out on that last good wave. I noticed they all stop and enjoy the sunset also. I bet it looks totally awesome from their point of view.
This is going to be a busy week. Usually on Sundays this place clears out, but it actually filled up today and I suspect they are staying through Thanksgiving. We may just earn our keep this week.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
I found time to install my TPMS (that’s Tire Pressure Monitor System) today. This thing is cool. It monitors the tire pressure in my motorhome and car tires. With a simple push of a button, I can check the pressure in all my tires without even going outside. The system will alert me, indicate which tire, and the air pressure if a tire pressure drops by 12.5% and REALLY alert me if it drops 25%. This is important because most blowouts begin with low tire pressure which heats the tire then BAM! It will also let me know if I have a flat on the toad (Saturn) while towing, which is nice because I would never know until the damage is done. I can even take the monitor with me in the car when we unhook by simply unplugging it from the motorhome and plugging it into the car. The system consists of a sensor for each tire and the monitor. It was a cinch to install and setup. I even inadvertently tested the system by not screwing a sensor on tight enough and the tire leaked down enough to alert me.
Things sure are slow around here. We are full on the weekends but during the week it is very quiet. Camp Hosting this time of year is a piece of cake. All I do is drive around in the golf cart and talk with the few campers that are here. Cool Gig!
Sunday, November 13, 2005
The weather has just been to good to get a good sunset. We did have a little fog tonight that made the sunset look nice though. The surfers are enjoying this time of the evening too. One of my duties is to lock the gate to the park at sunset. I was told to wait until at least a hour after sunset because the surfers surf until the sun goes down and will have to walk all away around to get out if the gate is closed.
Friday, November 11, 2005
I caught a photo of this Blimp cruising the coast today. It must be owned by an old Hippy that owned a VW bus in the 60s.
The recent storm, if that’s what you want to call it, has uprooted a lot of kelp and deposited it on our beach. What a mess.
I can’t believe I have been here at the beach for 2 weeks now and I still haven’t got any sunset shots.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
It sits on the top of the motorhome. It twirls around in the wind. And it sucks.
I just installed 2 “Xtreme Vents” in place of the traditional holding tank vent caps. These little devices point in the direction of the wind and, using a venturi effect, creates a vacuum in the vent tube which sucks the odors out. Even if it doesn’t work, they still look cool swinging around up there in the wind. They are, however, guarantied to work and are guarantied for life.
Check out my new link “Why I Love America”. This was emailed to me by a good friend and made me think how fortunate I am to have experienced a lot of these scenes.
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
The weather keeps calling for rain but we haven’t seen any yet. Good thing I guess since I took a good look at our site and realized that if we get a good rain, the back of our site will fill up like a swimming pool. I will have to see about digging some drainage canals. As you can see in these photos, the sea is looking a bit stormy. It does make for a pretty sky as seen from our site.
We are still enjoying the heck out of this Camp Host thing. The work is a piece of cake and being the social kind of guy I am, I am meeting a lot of people. It takes me about 1 hour to do my rounds which should only take about 15 minutes because I have to stop and talk with everyone. We already signed up to do this gig again next year.
Monday, November 7, 2005
He just loved visiting Nana and Papa at the beach. He got to go in the water with some friends while Nana sat on the beach, occupying herself with Video Poker. Where was I? Well I took the work duty so Susan can spend time with our friends. I had plenty of time, however to man the camera for a few shots.
The weekend around here was busy but quiet. I was rather surprised being we were full for the weekend. Next weekend will be a Holliday weekend so we will see what that brings.
This morning I caught a squirrel trying to enjoy a little snack while this bird was trying to steal a free meal. The squirrel won out and got his snack.
Well the weather is taking a turn for the worst. We haven’t seen too much of the sun in the last couple of days and they are calling for rain tomorrow, however, after that it is supposed to clear up again and be nice.