The waves are even coming in sideways due to the extreme wind. I think the wind is rubbing on the nerves of some of the campers here because we have had a rash of really strangest complaints. I am glad we don’t have to drive the motorhome in this wind. Today is the first time since we have been here that I haven’t seen someone on the water. There are usually surfers and when the surf is blown out the kite surfers come out. Today there is NO ONE. In spite of the rain and wind, the campground is full. People have come up with some pretty ingenious ways to keep their tents in place.
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, December 27, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
I saw the coolest thing the other day. I saw a camper actually raking up his site before leaving. And another was sweeping his before leaving. The sites looked better after they left than they did before they came. Now if I could just get maintenance to do the same…
There is always something interesting to see around here.
These guys were just taking a leisurely cruise over the beach this afternoon. There were about 4 of them.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Our schedule gives us the last 2 days of this year off. We were going to just hang out here before heading on however, we just got an invite to spend new years eve camping with some friends not to far from here. We may be heading out a couple of days early.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
The Kite Surfers are certainty taking advantage of the situation though.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Some have tuned into big mud puddles. Good thing we are slow this time of the year.
The storms have brought big surf with them. There must have been over 200 surfers out Saturday morning. The surf was big and well formed. It has still been big since then but not as well formed. Fortunately no one has got hurt this year. Last year we had a death when the surf got big.
We finally got a chance to talk to the Camp Host Coordinator. We confirmed our assignment for next year. We signed up for 3 months next year, Oct-Dec. I hope this was not a mistake. Since I have a job to do, I haven’t been plagued with the travel bug as much as I do when we sit in one place for a while.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Monday, December 4, 2006
Sunday, December 3, 2006
The weather was absolutely fabulous this weekend. The winds shifted to off shore winds which mean they were preheated by the land rather than cooled by the ocean. The temps were in the high 70s.
Well, all is quiet now and should remain this way through out the week.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
We got our new work schedule for December today. Crud, we got 3 mornings in a row! Well, we also have the last 2 days of the year off so we can relax before we head out of here on the first.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Although the weekends are still busy, there are probably only about 20 campers here during the week. Strange people do not like to be around a lot of people so this is the time of year they start to show up.
Monday, November 27, 2006
I grilled a big ol’ turkey on the Webber while everyone else pitched in with various dishes.
I went a little hi-tech this time with my digital thermometers and timers and it turned out great.
The whole meal was a big success. The weather couldn’t be better. We had sunny days, cool evenings, and killer sunsets.
At sunset everyone pauses to enjoy, even the surfers.
Our end of the campground opened the beginning of the week and filled up fast. Susan and I had to work through the holiday but the campers were much more behaved than expected. We had our usual regulars that know every trick in the book to stay without paying but I was on top of them this year and kept them in line.
The last evening before everyone went home we all gathered to watch the movie RV. We sure enjoyed everyone’s company.
All is quiet now. Most have gone back to their homes and jobs and we are pretty much alone here again.
Today we woke to rain. It is good timing since it held out until after the holiday. I am glad to see some rain because it will give me an opportunity to wash everything down. We are off duty until Tuesday afternoon so we may dodge the rain. I see the other hosts drive by in the golf cart, which is open to the rain. If it were me, I would be driving our Saturn.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
The weather for the last couple of days has been just great. Yesterday we had a fog bank come through about 3:00p and left about 3:15p but the rest of the day was nice. Today it was sunny all day. We are enjoying it while it lasts. I understand it is going to go down hill from here for a few days. Just in time for the Thanksgiving crowd.
Looking toward La Jolla with the morning haze
A shot from the back of our campsite
Sunday, November 19, 2006
A few days ago we had a brand new class A motorhome and brand new Mercedes that came in late without paying and after talking to them they couldn’t come up with the money. It seemed a little fishy to me that they had ½ million dollars worth of equipment and couldn’t come up with $35. I turned this one over to the Rangers and my hunch was right. These guys were drug dealers and preparing to do some dealing out of the campground.
Then just yesterday we had a woman that just drove past the kiosk with her window rolled up and on the cell phone. She failed to stop and check in so I set out after her. I followed her for a while as she drover around the campground while on the phone. I figured I would wait until she either left or landed in a campsite before I confronted her. At this point a Ranger came through and I informed him of the situation. They checked out the vehicle, it came back stolen, and she was in possession of a gun. They took the gun, she went to jail, and the car left on the back of a flatbed.
We seemed to have more issues with the camper last year then we are having this year. Most are being well behaved. We have found a few that come in after the Kiosk closes without paying but after informing them in the morning all have gone up and paid. Last year we had a number of non pays that have slipped out in the morning without paying. Maybe it’s the fact that we got their plate number and they got a BIG ticket in the mail that has curtailed this activity this year.
Friday, November 17, 2006
I have been doing some maintenance like changing water filters, fixing a few things and sending a few things in for repair. I took the Saturn in for an oil change and of course they tried to talk me into another couple hundred dollars worth of repairs that I feel are unnecessary. I told then “Just change the oil”.
Thanksgiving is coming and we are excited about having friends and family down here for the weekend. They have a couple of sites reserved and will be spending the weekend with us. I will be grilling a turkey in the Weber kettle again this year. That always turns out yummy.
Monday, November 13, 2006
It is still pretty quiet here at the beach. I just jump in my golf cart and cruise the park talking to the campers. Everyone is just having a good time. The days have been nice, the sunsets have been awesome, and the people have been well behaved.
Friday, November 10, 2006
We have been spending some quality time with our grand son while we have the chance. He sure likes to help us with our rounds. We made him up a Junior Ranger badge and Susan lets him where her Host Visor. He really thinks he’s hot stuff. Between baseball, bike riding, scooter riding, kite flying, and walks on the beach he is giving me a workout.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
It sure has been quiet down at our end of the campground since they have this half closed off for maintenance. Heck the whole campground has been well behaved. That will all change though when they open this section on Nov 20. Thanksgiving week is going to be busy as usual so we are enjoying the quiet while we have it. I am slowly whittling down my “To Do List” that I compiled for the last couple of months. I have been saving it all up to keep me busy while we sit for 2 months. Also we are getting our doctors appointments done since our long time family doctor is here in Southern California. We will be glad when that’s over.
Well tomorrow we will get up before the sun to do the morning shift. We are scheduled for 3 morning shifts in a row this time. We alternate Saturday morning shifts with the other Camp Hosts and this is our turn. I’m not really looking forward to that but it’s a small price to pay.
Last Saturday we had a whole day of guests come visit. What a fun day.
Sunday, November 5, 2006
This is one of the major reasons we come back to Southern California each year. We have to get our Grandkid fix. This year I decided it was time to take the training wheels off my grandson’s bike. He took off like a natural. He really doesn’t have a place to ride at home so he never had a chance to learn to ride without training wheels until now. He just loved it and wanted to ride every chance he got.
Tide pools, surfing, and just walking the beach at sunset are some of the things that people enjoy along the Southern California beaches.
I can never get enough sunset pictures
It’s no wonder why this campground is always full. The skies look so awesome just after sunset.
Thursday, November 2, 2006
So last night while on patrol a woman came up to me, all irate, and said I have to do something about the yapping dog across from her. She wanted me to call 911. I said I don’t believe it is an emergency but she insisted. I told her if she thinks a barking dog is an emergency then she can call 911 herself. As I passed her this morning she wouldn’t even look my way. I think she is a little embarrassed.
This time of the year brings our all the crazies.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
We really didn’t want to leave Havasu but we do have the commitment in San Diego. We are looking forward to hanging out on the beach for a while though, and there are always the Grandkids. So we will enjoy our stay.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Today we checked out the London Bridge Days parade. This is something they have been doing since they brought the London Bridge over from England. Yes it is the actual London Bridge they sing about in the song “London Bridge is falling down”. That is why it is no longer in London. They had to replace it since it was sinking into the river. They put it up for auction and McCulloch well known for his chain saws won the bid and brought it to Lake Havasu City Arizona. They erected the bridge on a peninsula and dug a channel under it to create the island. At almost 200 years old, they say this is the oldest Antique ever sold.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Today is a pretty nice day so they are finishing up my patio. Unfortunately we won’t have much time to use it since we are back on the road this weekend. At least it will be done. When we come back we will do a little artificial turf and some plants to finish it off.
This is what it looked like before they started.
This is after the framing.
Another during the laying of concrete.
The finished product.
This will give us more room to spread out. When we come back in January we are going to install some artificial turf, a few plants, palms, an outdoor grill and possible some lighting.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
We are still battling the mouse. We thought since none of the traps were tripped and we haven’t seen any more droppings that he was gone. Well last night we were awakened to the sound of munching in the cabinets. I had to bang on the cabinet a few times before he got the hint. This morning we pulled a few things apart and found more evidence that he has been with us all along. I decide to try bacon instead of the peanut butter in the traps this time. When I went to bait the traps, they were cleaned of peanut butter however they were not tripped. That sneaky little… I had Susan pick up more traps when she went to the store today so now we have 6 traps set, some with bacon and some with peanut butter. THIS MEANS WAR!!
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Susan and I got an early start to beat the heat today and headed on down to the Relics and Rods car show at the London Bridge Resort here in town. There were over 1000 beautiful classics none newer than the 50s.
I got my Architectural plans approved today for the work I want to do on the property. It took two submissions because they lost the first set and I had to redo them. Thank god for computers. They are going to start the concrete work on Monday and will have that phase done on Tuesday. The rest will be done in January when we come back.
I saw an ad for a nice outdoor grill that went on sale. Just had to have it so I headed on down to pick us up one. Oh sure it’s on sale but they don’t have any. They will have a bunch in January, which sounds good since that’s when we come back. Bet they will be double in price by then though. Just as well because I have no idea how I was going to get that sucker in the Saturn.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Today I contacted the cement contractor that is doing all the slabs in the resort to see about doing an extension of our slab. I was going to setup a date in January to get the work done since we are only going to be here 1 more week. To my surprise they wanted to get started on Monday and will finish up Tuesday. I OKed the work and am now just waiting for the Owners Association to OK the work. They say it should be Oked tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
We woke to no water today. I am not sure what is going on but they gave an estimate of when the water will be back on and they keep extended it out. It really doesn’t affect us though since I always carry about 30 gallons in our fresh water tank. We simply switched on our water pump. It was funny watching one guy fishing water out of the pool this morning with 5 gallon water bottles. I assume he is in one of the park models and needs it for flushing.
Well the weekend is coming so the population in the resort should pick up. We are going to head on down to the Hot Rod show this weekend and gawk over the nice rides. We have been seeing some running around town all week, Really Nice.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
We even got to travel a portion of the original Route 66 today.
There are a lot more coaches here than when we left in July. It could have something to do with the fact that today it was in the 80s and in July it was in the 120s. I uncovered our patio furniture, which hopped off the cement pad onto the gravel during one of the monsoons. The furniture survived OK except we lost one pillow. It’s probably floating down the river somewhere. Tomorrow will be cleanup day. I already washed the car this evening but I need to give the motorhome a good washing and clean the dust out of the patio furniture. We have neighbors now and their motorhome is partially blocking our view that we enjoyed last summer. At least it provided shade on our lot so that’s a good thing.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
We are now in a KOA just outside of Calico Ghost Town in Yermo California. We won’t be going into the Ghost town this time though. We were there earlier this year. This is one of the nicer KOAs I have stayed at. It was another one of those long days (2.5 hour drive) but not a bad drive at all. We were entertained by the truckers on the CB the whole way. I sure like the way this motorhome goes. We climbed over the Tehachapi’s today with no strain on the motorhome what so ever. We passed by anything that was going slower than 55, of course they passed us again on the down grades going probably 75. I just kept it between 55 and 60. We will be here one night then it’s over to Lake Havasu. Susan is anxious to get there and just sit for a couple of weeks. I know I will get antsy.
Monday, October 9, 2006
Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Monday, October 2, 2006
Since we had a little rain I decided to check the condition of the motorhomes wiper blades. They are shot! What’s worst is I can’t seem to find 26” refills. I can find the whole blade assembly but I only need the refills and of course I have to do some modifications to the assembly to make it fit. I think I will go ahead and pick up the assembly because this will give me a chance to get some longer ones. I have always thought mine were a bit short.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
We are in an actual campground for a few days. This campground is real nice. It is clean and our site is very roomy.
We are right across the street from the beach and as I sit under my awning I am looking directly at the famous Morro Rock.
The weather was fantastic today. It was in the high 70s with a slight breeze and the skies were clear. I hope it stays this way all week.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
This guy was on his own with his big foam cowboy hat, tie died shirt, and boom box dancing in the streets. He paused long enough for me to snap a photo. It would have been better if the girl hadn’t step between us.
One "must see" in San Luis Obispo is Bubble Gum Alley.
This alley is right in the middle of downtown and the walls are covered in gum. Apparently it is a big hit judging by the crowd in there. I’m wonder how long it took to get to this point.
We ate at Mo’s BBQ tonight. Mo decided he wanted to open the best BBQ place in town so he and a friend set out on a 3500 mile journey to scout out the best BBQ joints and learn from the experts. His walls are covered with best of awards he has earned along with photos of the BBQ joints he visited. While on this journey they picked up an antique chair from each stop for his restaurant. Every chair in the place is different. Pretty good eats but I still like Susan’s.
And all this entertainment for only a $.75 parking fee. What a cool night!
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
There is plenty to do here in San Luis Obispo also. Tomorrow we are going into town for their street fair.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
We took a walk out on the Pismo Pier today. Nice views. As we were leaving the pier, a lady came walking up and just about every pigeons on the pier flocked to here.
Apparently everyday she comes to the pier to feed the pigeons. The old guy that was with here said she calls then her chickens and feeds them everyday.
Tomorrow we will be moving again. There is a group coming in that will occupy all the sites here. This means tomorrow will be a busy morning because everyone here will be leaving and there is only one dump station.
Monday, September 18, 2006
in pictures only. I let them lye as they were.
The weather is surprisingly nice for being near the central coast of California. It is usually cooler and foggy around here.
When I looked at the flag to the left to see the forecast it said, “Smoke”. Never seen that one before. There are some fires going on in Southern California that are affecting the air. We woke this morning to the sun shinning through smoky skies.
Friday, September 15, 2006
We get free movie channels this weekend on our Direct TV Satellite. This makes Susan happy. Between NASCAR and movies she will be happy all weekend. I, on the other hand, am happy as long as I have my Internet.
Today’s weather was nice. The evenings and mornings are getting to be fireplace weather though. We ran the fireplace for the last couple of mornings to take the chill off. I like cool nights.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Tomorrow we will be heading up the road again. We actually wanted to stay longer but don’t want to pay the weekend rates. I asked if they would convert us to their weekly rate if we stayed and they said no. So instead of making a few more bucks on us they get nothing. What kind of business is that?
Monday, September 11, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Friday, September 8, 2006
Thursday, September 7, 2006
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
While here we may visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It’s just 20 minutes down the road from here.
Monday, September 4, 2006
Roof top view