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

What a blustery day

Early this morning we had a pretty good rainstorm come through. I heard about the rain coming but didn’t expect the wind. It has been blowing all day with no relief.

Take a look at the flag in this photo.

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.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

A few days off.

We are off until after Christmas. We have had the morning duty for 3 mornings in a row and are tired of getting up before the sunrise. It has been cold and yesterday we got rained on. I know, Wah! Wah! Wah! But when you are retired, it just goes against the grain.

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

It’s gotten cold

It’s gotten pretty cold around here. Well, for southern California that is. The cold sure hasn’t dampened the camping spirit though. There are people in tents and tent trailers that are just having a ball. I vaguely remember those days, am glad they are in the past. Sure we have to go out in the cold to do our camp checks but at least we have the warm comfort of our motorhome to retreat to. It was 80 degrees this time last year.

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

And I thought WE had courage

Becoming a fulltimer takes a lot of courage. To give up the security of knowing what to expect day by day can be disheartening. I however, have come to realize that our life style is not as frightening as it could be. Our time in the campgrounds have given us the opportunity to see many different lifestyles and one that really has come to light lately is the lifestyle of the homeless living in campgrounds. Weather it be by choice or due to unfortunate circumstances these folks are braver than us Fulltime RVers. I have talked with a number of these people and have found them to be, for the most part, real nice folks. I have come to realize that I’ve had more problems with regulator camping folks than I have with the homeless. Last night we had a very cold, windy, and rainy storm come through. As I walked through the campground this morning I talked with several of our homeless guests and found their spirits to be very high. Sure they talked about the cold, wind, and rain. But I did not hear one complaint amongst any of them. These people, no doubt, have a lot of trouble and turmoil in their lives but somehow, I admire them.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Batten down the hatches

We have another big storm coming in tonight. I have gone around and warned quite a few campers to secure everything because of wind and potential flooding of campsites. A lot of the reserved sites sit empty right now. I suspect most are staying home. We have the afternoon duty today and are off until Tuesday afternoon so we should miss having to be out in the worst of it. This should be fun. I will probably be out sitting under the awning enjoying the weather.

The Kite Surfers are certainty taking advantage of the situation though.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Quiet times

Well it’s been pretty darn quiet around here lately. So much so that I have just about made friends with everyone in the campground from the guy in the big Allegro Bus to the transients in the beat up truck and tents. To be honest I have spent more time talking with the guys in the tents than the bus. Maybe because they are always out and about whilst the others keep held up in their motorhomes. I think it might be a good thing to get aquatinted with these folks because they might be less likely to cause trouble. I got to hand it to these guys though, even the big storm that blew through here on Saturday night didn’t bother them much. Fortunately we were off duty during the storm so we didn’t have to be out in the cart in the rain. I hear we got another, even bigger, storm coming this Sunday. We faired well. Our site drains well. Can’t say much for some of the other sites though.

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

Another new feature

I have added a poll in the sidebar to the left. Here you can see what region of the country our visitors are from. Please take a minute to enter your region. If you are not sure what region you live in click on the word region in the question and view the map. You can also select the View option to just view the results without voting.

Monday, December 4, 2006

New feature

I just added another feature to the web site. I made it easier to see the Comments left by others. It’s called Peek A Boo Comments. Now, when you click on the comments link at the bottom of each post it will show all the comments right below the post. Clicking again will hide them. Also when comments are showed you will see the “Post a Comment” link where you can post your own comment. Your comment will not show until approved by me, however. Have fun with it.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Another busy weekend

We had another busy weekend. Susan and I had the morning shift this Saturday and were stunned when we headed out for the office. The park was PACKED! There was a youth group that came in down at our end of the campground and they just didn’t get the “Park in your assigned site” concept. I spent all morning trying to figure out who was supposed to be here and in what site they were supposed to be in. Fortunately that was the only problem they gave us. As quick as they came, they left this morning. Everyone else was also well behaved. There were also no reports of theft this weekend. I think the thieves stay away when there are a lot of people around.

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


What do you do when the surf it too blow out… Breakout the kites and go Kite Surfing! The last couple of days the wind has been blowing pretty good down here. The surf has suffered because of it. There are a few diehard surfers out but they aren’t having much luck. Nothing slows these guys down though. It was fun just sitting and watching. It’s amazing how nothing slows down here in Southern California. Even the wind, rain, and cold haven’t slowed the troublemakers here. We have had a rash of thievery in the campground lately. They aren’t even going for anything of value. A $6 rug, a couple of folding chairs, ect. Enough to piss people off but not enough to make a big fuss about. Everyone has been real cool about it. I just hope it stays with the small stuff.

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

And the fun begins

It’s that time of year and strange things are happening around here. The other night I had a knock on the door at 8:00p. The woman at the door said while she was out someone came into her site and stole her firewood. The very next night Camp Host #2 (off duty) knocked on my door at 9:00p and says a woman came to his door and said 2 guys were snooping around her site. The next morning Camp Host #3 said a woman came to his door at 10:00p and said a homeless person was at the fence behind her site. Well you guessed it; all 3 cases were the same woman. This is just the beginning. I am sure there is more to come.
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

And now it’s raining

What a great Thanksgiving. We had friends and family down here at the campground for Thanksgiving. Some camped for the week and some just came to enjoy the feast, friends, and family.

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

I like sunsets

I must have a million sunset photos but everyone is different. The weather was actually pretty good today.

And this sunset was really nice too. We were real busy today. They are starting to roll in for the Thanksgiving holiday. It should be interesting in the next couple of days.

Monday, November 20, 2006

What a nice day

Things you’ll only see in Southern California… I saw a Hummer with a surfboard on top today.

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.

Here are a couple of photos of the day.

Looking toward La Jolla with the morning haze

A shot from the back of our campsite

Sunday, November 19, 2006

How dumb are these people

People that have something to hide should not draw attention to them selves.
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.

The calm before the storm

It has been real quiet down here at this end of the campground since they closed the south end on Nov 1 for maintenance. This will all end on Tuesday when they open our end of the campground. We will go from no one to full since it will be Thanksgiving weekend.
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

Not much going on

Boy, there just hasn’t been much to write about lately. We have just been doing our Campground Host duties and all has been fairly quiet. We both went for our physicals and are both in very good health. I think this lifestyle agrees with us. I do think a little more exercise wouldn’t hurt though. All I do is sit around and polish the motorhome and sit around again. The weather has been a little damper than it was last year, but I think last year was unusually dry. Not necessarily rain but just the usually morning beach weather. I do believe there are a lot more freight trains that come through all night then there were last year. Those freight train engineers love those horns. I think they figure if they have to be up all night than everyone should be too.

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

Glad we aren’t in Seattle

Man, am I glad we are in Southern California. I was just reading about the weather in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle got hammered with over 10 inches of rain since the first of this month and now they suffered a big snowstorm. The Oregon coast got whipped by 100 MPH winds that uprooted hundreds of trees whose roots were rain soaked. We got a surprise rain the other night. The weather report called for sprinkles but we got a good rain. It was all gone by morning and the sun came out the next day. I like those kind of storms.

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

Slow times

It sure has been slow around here. We usually get a bunch of strange visitors this time of year here at San Elijo State Beach but it has been very quiet and peaceful. We did have an issue with what really looked to be a couple of drug dealers but was promptly taken care of as soon as I notified the Ranger. I suspect all will change as soon as Thanksgiving week arrives. It should get interesting.

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

Weather change

Wow, it went from absolutely beautiful to overcast and cool in about 15 minute today. Looks like we are in for some gloomy weather for a while. The weather report is even calling for a little rain. Hopefully it won’t last long.
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

The job has started

We started our duty here at the beach as Camp Hosts yesterday and this morning was our first morning. 6:00am! I haven’t seen 6:00am for quite a while now. We are in the same site as last year, however they closed our side of the campground. We are down here all by our self. We have this whole half of the campground all to our selves.

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

Cardiff By The Sea

We had a long drive today. It was actually only 165 miles but the traffic was outrageous. We were buzzing along until we got to the Cajon Summit. The traffic was backed up all the way to the I-15/I-215 split. That was 15 miles of 20 mph bumper to bumper traffic. Actually it was still backed up on I-15 but I peeled off onto the I-215 to avoid it all. Later when we hit the turnoff to Oceanside it was backed up again. Another 10 miles of 15 mph traffic. Even though we had no schedule, it still made for a long day. Well, we are now at Cardiff By The Sea where we will be for 2 months as Camp Hosts. Everyone was excited to see us back. We will spend a couple of days relearning the system then we are on our own again.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Back in Barstow

We arrived in Barstow just before noon today. This is good for Susan because the race started about 12:15. The first thing I did when we got here was to plug in the motorhome and setup the satellite dish. We will be here for 1 night then on to Cardiff By The Sea.

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

Getting ready to travel

Well we are getting ready to travel today. We will be heading out in the morning tomorrow heading to California. We are going to Cardiff for our Camp Host jobs at San Elijo State Beach. Aahhh, 2 months on the beach. Life is good.

Them Shiners sure know how to have fun!

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

The mouse is history

Last night the mouse lost. We were sitting out on the patio with some friends when we heard the trap go SNAP. I would post a picture but it isn’t a pretty sight. We got him just as he was coming in for the night via the sewer hose. I have reset the traps just in case he told some friends about the place.

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


They started the upgrades to our lot on Monday as planned. This morning they were supposed to pour the concrete however, this morning we woke to rain. They came by to tell me they would try again tomorrow morning. I was hoping to get it done and get things cleaned up. The weather changes so quickly around here. I guess I can wait another day.

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

Busy day

I guess there is no noise ordinance here in Havasu. This morning at around 2:00a they started work for the day on the new storage units across the street from the resort. Lots of pounding and tossing things around. Fortunately after being awaken, it didn’t take me long to fall back to sleep. The wind has been blowing all day and is suppose to do the same tomorrow. Monday should be better.

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

Got mice

Well I knew it would happen eventually. We got a mouse somewhere in the motorhome. Last night he left his calling card. He didn’t get into anything, just did a bit of rummaging around. Not sure how long he has been in here but this is the first time we have seen evidence of the little guy. He may have been with us for a while because we found drops in the bedroom and under the couch in the living room. Now, we like nature, but outside. I am afraid we will have to remove him dead or alive, most likely dead since I went out today and picked up a couple of good old fashion mouse traps. I guess I need to pick up some steel wool and mothballs. I will wrap the mothballs in the wool and stuff it into all the holes where the little critters can get in.

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

Wind and no water

There was lots of wind today. It seems to be coming from the coast. I understand they are having some lousy weather right now on the coast. Anyway, the wind has not let up all day. The lake looks like an ocean with all the whitecaps. There is no one on the water at all. The wind is supposed to let up later tonight and it should be calm tomorrow.

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

Back to normal

Today was beautiful. The skies cleared and the temperatures were in the 80s. Everything was clean and fresh after the rain. I spent the day drying things out including my Boom Box Stereo that I left out in the rain yesterday. It took a while in the sun before it started working again. I will let it dry one more day just to be sure before putting it back into fulltime use. This coming week and weekend is the big Relics and Rods car show. There are a few cars showing up already. It should be fun. I will be bringing my camera.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Another day of Thunder

We are having another day of thunderstorms here today. I thought it was done since this morning looked pretty good. Last night my weather alert radio went off about midnight with a tornado watch. That’s right, tornado. I guess the conditions were right even though none developed. I think today’s storm is the same one as yesterday since it seems to be going in the opposite direction as yesterdays. This time it picked up some hale with it. There doesn’t seem to be as much wind (yet), which is a good thing. I hope the wind doesn’t develop because I didn’t get a chance to tie down the patio furniture or bring in the awnings this time. I may be getting real wet later. Of course our satellite is blocked by the water in the clouds again and today is NASCAR so Susan is not a happy camper. Hopefully it will come back on before the race starts.

Friday, October 13, 2006

No it’s not a tornado

This is a photo of part of the storm that just blew through here. We could see it coming so I tied down all the patio furniture. There were two pretty good storms with LOTS of lightning so far and I am sure there will be more. I tried to get a photo of the lightning, which is very hard to do. Also I didn’t really want to stand out there trying to get it. I had to go out between storms and tie down the Satellite dish a little better because the wind almost took it over even though I have it tied down to my tow bar. We loose the signal when the sky gets REAL black. Of course this is all happening during Susan’s NASCAR race.


Wow, it went from Clear, Sunny, and calm winds to Cloudy, Rainy, and windy just overnight. It did lower the temperature a bit though so that’s a good thing. It is still in the 90 out here and in the high 60s in the evening. I am getting a chance to clean things up, fix a few things and just sit and relax. I have been neglecting a few things that need fixing because I knew we would have plenty of time for that in the next couple of months.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Back in Havasu

We are back at Lake Havasu. We arrived this afternoon about 1:00p after another 3 hour drive. The drive wasn’t bad however, just long. Again the truckers entertained us with their chatter.

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

Calico Ghost Town

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

SAL Rally

We left San Antonio Lake today and are now in Bakersfield heading for Lake Havasu City Arizona. We just had the best time at the lake. There were about 20 rigs at the rally this weekend. Most went home Sunday but a few of us stayed until today.

We had lots of good food, good conversation, and just good fun. Some brought their boats and pulled anyone that wanted to attempt to ski.

The wildlife here was glad to see us as the deer and rabbits showed up every night at happy hour and hung around until after dinner. After we all turned in for the night, the raccoons came out to clean up. We even had a tarantula take a cruise through camp one evening. The weather couldn’t be better.

We had cool mornings, sunny warm days and evenings were perfect campfire weather.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

San Antonio Lake

We are now at San Antonio Lake which is in the hills just west of Paso Robles. It sure was nice here today but they are calling for a chance of thunderstorms tonight and rain tomorrow. We shall see. The drive here was just great. Coming up here we saw a tarantula crossing the road, Squirrels, Chipmunks, birds, deer, and cows. Here at the lake, the deer just come up to you looking for a handout. They are not too shy. It is soooo quiet up here that my ears are hurting. After staying at the Elks lodges that are mostly right in town and right next to the freeway, this is nice. We are actually here 2 days earley but were so close and couldn’t wait. Some of the Rally goers will be coming in tomorrow and the rest on Friday. This will be a fun weekend.

Monday, October 2, 2006

Nice day

What a nice day. Yesterday we had overcast skies all day and even a little bit of rain. I was getting concerned about the weather this weekend since we are heading for a rally that will be primarily outdoors. But today however, the skies were blue and clear all day and the sun shined bright. We took a run into Paso Robles to do some grocery shopping at the nearest Wal-Mart. After shopping we took a tour around Atascadero to see what’s here and scope out a good Laundromat for tomorrow.

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

Atascadero Sunset

Who says you have to be at the beach to get a killer sunset. Looks like they are predicting a 20% chance of rain later this week. I hope it is nice for the rally.

Friday, September 29, 2006

On the move again

Today we traveled on down the road again since the weekend is booked at Morro Dunes. We are now in Atascadero just 30 minutes from Morro Bay. Last time I traveled from Morro Bay I was undecided if I wanted to take Hwy 41 or Hwy 46. I took Hwy 46 after talking to a few people that said they always go Hwy 46 and never have gone Hwy 41. It is a good road and has one good climb but not too bad. This time I decided, what the heck, and took Hwy 41. Mostly because it is a more direct route from where I was to where I wanted to go. I think this is a much better choice. The climb is less than Hwy 46. It is a bit curvier but nothing at all bad. It was a nice drive. I decided we will stay here in Atascadero for a few days then go directly up to San Antonio Lake. We will most likely get to the lake before any of the other rally goers show up.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Booked for the weekend

We are not happy that we have to leave this place. I have checked numerous times and they are booked up for the weekend and have no cancellations. Morro Dunes is a really nice campground. The place is cleaned everyday, sites are swept every time someone pulls out and everyone is very friendly. At $29 a night it is a real bargain. We will be heading on over the hill to Atascadero only 30 minutes away where we will be for at least the weekend, NASCAR you know.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Attack of the Giant Seagull

We are still waiting to hear if we can stay here thought the weekend. I sure hope so because we sure like it here. The weather has been mixed. We had a day of overcast, which never really burned off, and a day of morning clouds with afternoon sun. Today was mostly sunny. It has gotten a bit cooler though but we are not ready to leave the coast yet. This evening we headed for the Embarcadero for some fish and chowder. Susan had the halibut and I had the fish sandwich and a cup of clam chowder. We sat over looking the bay and kept an eye on this giant seagull while enjoying our meal. Actually it was a normal size seagull but at this angle he looks huge, but you knew that. Tomorrow I will be heading for the office to bug them again about staying. There are a couple of other campgrounds in the area but if we need to move to another campground we will just head on down the road. Toward the end of October, after the rally, we are heading for Lake Havasu. I have been checking the weather there and it is still in the 100s. Hope it cool down before we get there.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

On the coast

Well we made our way out to the coast to Morro Bay today, but not until after the NASCAR race was over. We sort of overstayed our welcome at the elks lodge since they like you to pull out by 12:00. We pulled out at 2:00. Since there were other sites open and no one was waiting to get parked I wasn’t worried and no one seemed to care.

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

Party in the streets

What a cool night. Tonight we went to the Thursday night street fair and farmers market here in San Luis Obispo. There was a ton of people. Every college student in town must have been there. It was like being invited to one big giant college party. What we didn’t know was this must have been initiation night for the Cal Poly fraternitys. The streets were filled with college students. Some of them were in groups dresses in togas, Mexican ponchos, guys in dresses, and other oddities.

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

I can’t drive any slower

We moved again. We are now up the coast a bit in San Luis Obispo. No, we are not camped in a cemetery. We are actually at the Elks Lodge, which is surrounded by a large cemetery. Since it was only about 15 miles up the road we took all the back roads. The max speed limit was only 45 mph and still we were here in 30 minutes. We plan to be here for 4 nights. Actually on Saturday we are heading back to Pismo for a day trip in the car. There is a NASCAR store that was closed while we were there and it will open Saturday. Susan has been looking for a NASCAR store for quite a while now and when she finds one it is closed. Another reason we are heading back is because I wanted to get a bowl of clam chowder from Splash. Splash is a small restaurant that has won “best clam chowder” for years. They finally asked then not to enter anymore.
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

A day in Pismo Beach

I woke this morning to Raccoon prints on the hood of the car. We thought at first it was a cat but they were very large. The Camp Host said there are raccoons that come through the park at night. Not sure what they wanted on our car.

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

Another long day

Well we took the long 30 minute journey to Oceano/Pismo today. Susan doesn’t understand my reasoning for traveling less than ½ hour a day. It makes perfect sense to me. I get to see different scenery, experience different climates, meet new people, and only have to drive 30 minutes every couple of days. Life is good!

Speed Limit on the beach

Today we took a walk out on one of the few “Drive on” beaches in California. We have never seen so many sand dollars in one place. They were all over the place. People were gathering them like they were real dollars. They had bags full, which I think is wrong. These are living creatures and should be left alone. I walked up to one lady who had a bag full and said, “those are still alive you know.” Her reply was, “Yeah, some of them are.” Apparently some people don’t care. I took some too,

Sand Dollars on the beach
in pictures only. I let them lye as they were.

We will be here for only 2 nights although we wanted to stay longer. They have a big group coming in that will take up the whole RV area so we will be moving on another 20 minutes down the road.

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

Another easy drive

Today was another easy drive. We are 45 minutes up the road from our last destination. You think I am crazy? Well I met 2 others here that came from where we are going next only 30 minutes away, and are heading to where we came from only 45 minutes away. We have an excuse for traveling so slow. We still have 3 weeks to travel 120 miles. It was a good thing that we got here early. We got the last hookup site and after I backed into the site another motorhome came pulling in. We got here so early that we actually had to park for a while until someone pulled out. The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the site with hookups. We actually woke a little earlier than expected this morning since the trash truck decided to come by at 7:00a and empty the dumpsters near us. Why can’t they hit the shopping centers and industrial areas first?

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

California Rocks

We met a couple while here in Buellton that live in the park and have a small business they call California Rocks. They paint rocks! They are very talented and could make a very good living at what they do but they chose to live a modest life. They refuse to go big with their talent and only charge $10 to $40 for each piece. They say they only make enough to pay for food. They say they have been living in the park for about 2 years. When I mentioned I couldn’t stay put that long they said they wanted to move on several times but the park wouldn’t let them. You see, they have also painted all the signs in the park with the same whimsical style and have done murals in the office and clubhouse too. Nice job. If anyone is interested I have their phone number. I’m sure you could send them a photo of your favorite car or RV and they will paint you one.

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

Did I say R&R

Yeah right! Today I spent the day cleaning, washing, wiping, and polishing. I got to admit, the motorhome and car look pretty good now. If only it would last. Hopefully I can relax the rest of the week. I dodged a bullet last night. Our Convection oven mad a weird noise then would not heat up to over 150. You can’t cook much at 150 degrees. I did a little troubleshooting and found the convection fan was not working. I was able to reach up in there with a shish kabob skewer and nudge it free. I didn’t even have to turn a screw or remove anything. Seems if the fan isn’t working, the heating element gets real hot and a sensor shuts it down. I’m sure glad someone thought to add the sensor and save me a lot of money replacing burned out elements. It’s been in the low 80s today and tomorrow is supposed to be the same. After that it will cool down a bit, but not much.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

A little R&R

We took a long journey today. We are 20 minutes down the road from our last stop. It was a nice casual, no freeway drive. Along the way we even spotted a field full of deer. We decided to forgo the Elks Lodges for a while and spend a few nights at Flying Flags Campground. Susan needed to do some laundry and we know from experience that they have sites right across from their laundry. This makes it a little more enjoyable to get the laundry done (as enjoyable as it can be). We cringed at paying $40 a night so we planned to stay only 2 nights. We lucked out and got a pretty good site so I went to the office and paid for 3 more nights. 5 days of cleaning and R and R.

Friday, September 8, 2006

We had to leave

We had to move on today. All the sites are called for at the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge until Monday. We have moved on down the road to Lompoc. It was a fairly easy 1 hour drive. When in this area we usually stay at the Flying Flags Campground in Buellton, however we decided that they were too pricey for the cramped sites that they have so we are down the road in Lompoc. We did decide to head on over to Flying Flags for Sunday through Tuesday though. It’s laundry time and we always get a site right across from the laundry at Flying Flags. Beats sitting in a Laundromat. Also while at Flying Flags we will have breakfast at our favorite place in Solvang. When we got here it looked as though it had rained. Everything was wet. I think it was just the morning fog. It defiantly is much cooler here which is nice.

Thursday, September 7, 2006

It's much cooler here

Well, we headed for the beach today. We checked out a couple of campgrounds along the Ventura coast and found two right on the beach with hookups. One didn’t have any available but we were there early and possible someone just hadn’t pulled out yet. The other had 2 or 3 available. After staying at the Elks Lodges for $10 to $15 a night, I just couldn’t bring myself to pay the $40 a night they wanted. We left and headed for the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge. Last time we tried staying at the SB Elks it was full. This time..we got the last site and only for 1 night. We thought maybe we will stay at the Elks tonight and head back to the beach tomorrow. After thinking a while, we should have grabbed one of the beach sites because tomorrow is Friday and they will go fast. We may be able to stay here at the Elks because someone hasn’t showed up yet and they said if they don’t show we can stay longer. We are only about a mile from the beach so the weather here is cool. After all, that’s what we were looking for.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

It’s hot here too

We are now in Simi Valley and it’s 100 degrees. It was supposed to only take 1 hour to get here but it took almost 2 due to traffic. I kept looking at the traffic report online, waiting for it to clear before we hit the road but it never did so we packed up and got in line on the freeway with the rest of them. This was at 10:30a on a Tuesday. Don’t these people work? Well we are here and will stay put for 2 days, got to kill some time ya know, and then we will head for the coast. It should be much cooler there. I am hopping to find a spot on the beach where we can stay put for a while.

While here we may visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It’s just 20 minutes down the road from here.

Monday, September 4, 2006


We are done with the race. It was over 100 degrees everyday. It was just too hot to do anything. We wanted to spend more time in the midway and visit the pits but we ended up sitting inside the motorhome with the generator running and the air on.

Start of race at sunset

Roof top view

At least the races were at night and it cooled very comfortably every evening so we could view the race from the roof of the motorhome. We had to get up early every morning to get in and didn’t get out any earlier than midnight everyday. We didn’t take our motorhome into the infield since our daughter had hers there. We setup at the local Elks Lodge and drove the car in everyday. This worked out well since we had electricity and could run the air all night at the lodge. Also the parties don’t end until the wee hours of the morning at the track so we got a good nights sleep at the lodge. We were going to get back on the road today but decided to rest a day and leave tomorrow. The race was great though. Susan’s driver didn’t do so good. He lost his points lead in the standings but not by much. One good win and he will gain it back.