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.

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.