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.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

I broke the rules

Yes, I broke one of my fulltimer rules today. The rule is, 2X2X2. What this is, is drive no more than 200 miles a day, get off the road by 2:00p, and stay for at least 2 days. Our usual trip from San Diego to Lake Havasu City includes a stopover in Indio. When I reached Indio today, the wind was at my back, the motorhome was running great, and I was comfortable so I kept on going. 5 ½ hour later, 325 miles later we were in Lake Havasu City. I was going to stop in Ehrenburg for propane, a sandwich, and a short break but the Flying J was so packed I stopped long enough for a potty break and got the heck out of there. I then remember once before saying I would never stop there again. Well here we are, back in Lake Havasu City. We had a big meeting on our patio this evening as all our friends came to welcome us back.

Friday, December 28, 2007

I hate to burst their bubble

We meet all kinds of interesting people here at the campground. It kind of reminds me of my old bartending days. Some are real nice genuine people and some are just plane weirdoes. The ones that continue to crack me up are the ones that are living in their own fantasy world. Last year, for instance, we had a guy living in the campground in a little pink Barbie tent. I don’t even know how he fit inside. He would tell me how he owns a few racehorses over at the Del Mar Race Track. One day I saw him across the street pushing a shopping cart full of aluminum cans he had collected. Just the other day I had to shut down a fellow that was playing an electric guitar. He was telling me he has over 60 rare guitars and gets $60 an hour setting up Rolling Stone concerts. He lives in an old motorhome with a busted window. He also rides around the campground on his bike in a UPS uniform. These people are living in their own fantasy world and I don’t want to be the one to tell them otherwise. If they want to be a millionaire in their own mind, who am I to tell them otherwise. I just listen and smile.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Getting ready for the move

Tomorrow is packing day and Saturday we are out of here. I am excited to get back on the road again, even if it is just to Lake Havasu where we will sit for a month. One month I can handle, three months was just too long. Who knows, we may not sit for a month. You never know when something may come up. We will be free to travel. It has been getting pretty cold here at the beach. I went out to temperatures in the 30s this morning. It never got over 55ยบ today. It is a good thing we are moving because I just checked the propane the other day and we are close to having no hot water.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Winding down

We are on the down hill slope now. We have one more week to go here at the Campground. I am defiantly ready. This is the longest period we have stayed put in all the time we have been full timing. You learn from experiences and we have learned that 3 months is too long. We are signed up for our usual 2 months next year.

Susan has just finished her Christmas baking and the motorhome is filled with cookies and fudge. She has made up plates of goodies for all our friends. Yesterday we delivered some to the Park Aids, Rangers, and other Camp Hosts here at the park. She also made a batch for my homeless friends I make here every year. They sure appreciate that.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Not on my watch

Not much happens on the weekdays this time of year. We are less than ¼ full and everyone is well behaved. Today would have been another ho hum day here at the campground. Well not quite. I was on my rounds and noticed a pool company truck parked in one of the sites. I though this was a bit unusual since no one seemed to be around and there was no tent or camping gear. I just figured it was a visitor to another site and let it go for now. After an hour I got a little more suspicious so I walked into the site to look for a campsite tag or visitors pass on the truck. I spotted the campsite tag and noticed a person lying on the front seat of the truck. Still a little unusual I thought but nonetheless he was registered so I went to the entrance station to see if they needed anything. While at the entrance a Sheriff car came speeding into the campground, lights flashing and siren blasting. I followed the Sheriff car through the campground and they headed right for the pool company truck. Both deputies got out, guns drawn and moved to the front of the truck. Not much I could do at this point so I went back to block the entrance to that part of the campground. Soon 5 or 6 more patrol cars showed up along with a fire truck and an ambulance. Seems the guy checked in to the campsite to check out. In other words he attempted suicide with drugs and alcohol. I still am not sure how the Sheriffs knew he was there. The only thing I can figure is he made a 911 call. I guess he’s all right but he is now on our BOL (be on the lookout) list.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Much better

My back is much better and I am back to my normal antics again. I still have a little pinching in the back but that should go away soon. Man, I was hurting for a while.

Well we are ready for Christmas. Susan has got the shopping done, notice I say Susan, and the tree and decorations are up.

We get quite a few looks from the camper that pass by the motorhome since we have displays on the dash and a small lighted tree on the steering wheel table. All that’s left is the goodies. Susan always bakes up a storm with all kinds of Christmas goodies. Most are given away to friends and family.

It’s been getting pretty cold around here, relatively speaking. I know it is miserably cold in other parts of the country but when I have to go out to do my morning check at 7:00a and it’s 41°, that’s cold to me. It might get up into the high 50s to low 60s for a while during the day but by 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon it starts to chill out again. At least we are cozy with our fireplace in the evenings.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Laid up

Well the storm came and went. Not much of a storm this time. The weather has taken a turn for the better. Although it is still chilly, the sun is shining and there is not a cloud in the sky. This is very aggravating for me because my back is giving my fits. I have had degenerative arthritis of the spine for quite some time and for the most part it is fine. Heck sometimes I don’t even notice it at all, or maybe I just got used to always having a little back pain. Well since the weather was bad all three weekend days, I did nothing but sit inside and cruise the internet. This is the worst thing I could do for my back. Activity seems to keep it limber. Well I woke Sunday morning with a pretty sore back and just happened to flinch just right to send it into spasms. I could barely move all day yesterday. Today is better but I still am moving kind of slow and not making any sudden moves. It should be back to normal, for me, in a couple of days. Fortunately I have been off duty from Saturday and don’t go back on until Tuesday afternoon. I will still be moving a little slow but at least I should be able to make my rounds.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

New storm

They (the national weather service) say that we are in for a good storm this weekend. I have gone around and warned some of the tent campers. We also had some early checkouts today. Some campers were due out tomorrow but decided to pack it up today rather than in the rain tomorrow. Also according to our reservation service there are 43 cancellations for tomorrow. I have read two different forecasts for the weekend. One says very bad storm and the other is a lot more less threatening. I have put things away and rolled up the awnings and am prepared for the worst. I just hope it isn’t too bad tomorrow morning since I have the AM shift. After that it can do what it wants because we have the next 3 days off. Here are a few photos from last weeks storms.

Our beach disappeared because of high tide. This poor girl was trying to walk her dog on what used to be a beach.

Note the water line on the cliffs as the tide goes out.

Here is a photo of some of the erosion in the park. These trees have given way to the sea.

And of course storms always mean killer sunsets.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

No not Hawaii

This is a photo of the surf off the coast just north of the campground this morning. As you can see, many surfers braved the challenging waves to get that big ride. We had big surf last year also and there were many rescues and one death but this year it hasn’t been bad. There were plenty of lifeguards on duty including many in the surf on Jet Skis. By noon most of the surfers were gone and the Skis were on their trailers. Tomorrow will be some of the same but the waves are going to be diminishing in the next few days. This weekend we are expecting more rain though. We just got cleaned up from the rain last weekend.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

What a mess

What a weekend. I woke Friday morning to the sound of rain on the roof of the motorhome. It was still a while before I needed to do my morning rounds so I laid there listening to the rain. By luck, the rain slowed by the time I went to do my rounds. We were expecting over 100 campers to arrive Friday afternoon but the steady rain all day kept most away. Some called and canceled and some called saying they would show if the rain let up but most didn’t call at all. The ones that did show found some sites flooded and some impossible to get into due to the washed out transition from the road to campsite. One even had to call a tow truck after driving into a deep rut. By night fall the rain really started to fall. The 10 X 20 canopy in our site filled with water and came down with a crash, bending a few poles. The wind blew over some of the rain soaked bamboo fencing in our site. By morning the rain had stopped but the damage was done. The roads were filled with mud and campsites were a mess. Since the rain stopped the campers started to show up. We filled up pretty good with all the late arrivals wanting to at least get their 1 night out of 2 in. Even though the sites were a mess and some still filled with mud, the campers seemed to have a good time. Well it is now Sunday evening and most have gone home now. Monday should be a slow day as it usually is this time of year. I have mended fences and will pick up a few parts to repair the canopy. At least the rain did a good job washing the dirt and ocean off the motorhome. Now all I need to do is apply a coat of wax. The weather report is saying we will get more rain next weekend. Hopefully it will be a bit lighter than the last.

Friday, November 30, 2007

National RV closes operations

I just read that National RV in Perris California has shut down its operations today. 600 Employees were handed a letter this morning stating they were all laid off and the plant will be closing. It went on to say that this is a permanent closer and layoff. National RV is a manufacturer of Class A gas and diesel motorhomes. You may recognize their models as Dolphin, Sea Breeze, Tradewinds, and Tropi-cal. I guess they have been struggling for a few years now. We were within 30 minutes of buying a Dolphin just before we bought our Rexhall. I was cautioned about buying my Rexhall. A few people said they were going out of business soon. So far, it looks like I made the right choice. See the new 2008 Rexhalls here.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

650-horsepower diesel

If I were to buy a Diesel powered motorhome, this is what I would want in it. The problem is, this engine probably cost as much as my present motorhome and can only be found in a million dollar plus coach. I can dream can’t I?

Cummins Introduces 650-HP Diesel Engine
RV Business
Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cummins Inc. introduced a new 650-horsepower diesel engine for luxury motorhomes, the ISX 650, at the National RV Show in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday (Nov. 26).

The ISX 650, with 1950 lb-ft of torque, represents a new level of performance in the premium motorhome market, the company said in a news release.

“The Cummins ISX delivers superior performance through the use of its in-house core technologies, including Cummins’ advanced electronic controls, patented VG Turbo, high-pressure fuel system, combustion technology and exhaust aftertreatment,” the company stated. “The new ISX 650 is fully integrated with the Allison 4000 MH model automatic transmission. The Allison 4000 MH model is rated up to 650 HP and 1950 lb-ft of torque. This rating and transmission integration demonstrates the ongoing collaborative efforts between Cummins and Allison Transmission.”

According to Mark Conover, Cummins’ director-RV Business, “We’ve listened to motorhome customers and understand that horsepower and performance are top of mind. The ISX 650 will provide exceptional acceleration, improved ability to climb steep grades, better downhill speed restraint with superior braking horsepower and all-around first-rate performance.”

Sunday, November 25, 2007

This one got away

I survived!

Well it’s over and they have all gone home. The campground has pretty much emptied out. We have been full since Monday and now they are gone. We can relax now. For the most part everyone was well behaved but we did get our share of idiots.

I did had a little help from Security however.

He had to poke his nose in everyone’s business, especially if there was food involved.

Our daughter and her husband brought their motorhome to spend a few days with us along with some good friends. We had the greatest time.

And of course there was Thanksgiving with the family and friends. I did my usual turkey on the grill and it came out great. With the engineering background in me I can’t just toss the bird on the grill.

I hooked it up with remote temperature sensors to monitor the inside turkey temp and kettle temp. No guess work here. We are Hi Tech. We also had ham and all the thanksgiving dinner fixings. Oh and don’t forget the pies.

The weather was good and now that everyone has gone it has turned to cloudy and cool.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Full again

The campground is full again. We had 110 campers come in today. Funny thing though, I thought most would stay through Thanksgiving day but that is not true. I think I counted only 2 that are staying. According to the reservation system the campground will be full but they will be coming and going all week. I guess not everyone can get a whole week off for Thanksgiving. I am glad the guy right next to me is only staying for 2 nights. One of the first things he did when he pulled in was fire up his generator and it hasn’t been off since. Last year we had a group that took up pretty much the whole area down where we are. They were the type that didn’t think the rules pertained to them at all. I heard they might not be here this year.

I was in the right place at the right time again today. I was checking out a beehive in one of the sites when a surfer came up from the beach bleeding from the face. He told me he got hit by his board and needed help. I got on my campground radio and had the lifeguards there within minutes. Turns out the guy was OK, just a good blow to the nose. While waiting for the lifeguards I took a look at his nose, and a look at his surfboard and said, “If it’s any consolation, your board looks worse than your nose.” His board had a pretty good ding in it.

Susan and I passed our test! We both had our physicals and passed with flying colors. I think it has a lot to do with our lifestyle and the fact that we are a bit health conscious and Susan prepares healthy meals.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

After sunset

Well I got plenty of sunset pictures but here is an after sunset picture.

It’s kind of like a bonus. Last night after the sun had completely gone down and it was dark the moon was shinning over the water. The ocean was so calm that the reflection was killer.

It’s a damn good thing I am not driving the motorhome in California for these 3 months. California gas prices are the highest in the country. I paid $3.50 a gallon to fill the car the other day. The car is bad enough. I wouldn’t want to fill the motorhome right now.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Finally a nice day

The weather was just great today. It’s back to shorts and flip-flops for me. What a nice change from the last couple of days where we had rain and the temperatures didn’t get any higher than the low 60s. The day started out early for Susan and I. It was our day to start our medical checkups. We went to the clinic this morning to have blood drawn. Our grandson got a kick out of watching them pull blood from his Papa’s arm. After that we all went out for a big breakfast since we had to fast before the blood draw.

I was out wandering around our end of the campground this afternoon since I am off duty. As I was heading back to the motorhome I spotted a girl in a wetsuit hobbling up from the beach. Huh…Stingray sting I bet. So I went over to see if my hunch was right. A soon as she spotted me she asked for hot water. Knowing that hot water is the best thing for a stingray sting I asked, Stingray and she answered, yes. Fortunately I was close to the motorhome so I told her to stay put and went for a bucket of hot water. I returned with a chair, a bucket of hot water, and our Camp Host radio. I called for the Host on duty who informed the Ranger on duty and soon the Lifeguards were on scene. A Stingray has never stung me but this is the second one I have seen. Although not life threatening, it sure looks painful.

Well this is how the day ended.

Even with clear skies, the sunset was great.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Surprise rain

We were woken last night to the sound of rain on the roof. Not just drizzle but down right rain. I climbed out of my nice warm bed to lower one side of the awning so the water would not pool up inside. This ruins many awnings. Then I crawled back into my warm bed, briefly thought about all the tent campers, and fell back to sleep to the sound of rain on the roof. When we woke this morning the rain had stopped and the sun was shining. It turned out to be a great day. This was totally unexpected. Even the weather forecasters didn’t have a clue.

Many spent the afternoon exploring the tide pools.

Later a surfer takes a brief time out to catch the sunset.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Back to normal

Ah, the sounds of pounding tent stakes, wood pallets being broken apart, kids playing, and the smell of campfires. It’s back to normal down at our end of the park. Sure our solitude is gone, but it’s kind of nice to see the families getting settled in for the weekend. We had over 130 campers check in today. This weekend is our Saturday off so we are free until Tuesday afternoon. I am sure I will have to remind a few campers of the rules and assist a few others but… that’s what I’m here for.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Loosing our solitude

Tomorrow the whole park will be open again. Our end of the park has been closed down for maintenance for about a month now and it sure has been nice and quiet down here. This is not to say that I had the month off since us Hosts cover the whole park. It’s been much easier with half the park closed down meaning half the people but not necessarily half the problems. I took the opportunity to do an oil change on the motorhome. Even though I have a few more privileges than the average camper since I live here fulltime for 3 months, I am not sure if oil changes are one of them and didn’t want other campers to think they can do the same.

If you ever want to experience how crazy some people can be, try Camp Hosting. The other night I thought it was rather strange that one of the bathrooms was locked every time I passes it. I finally informed the Rangers that we might have a “Bathroom Camper”. Sure enough, one of our local homeless took up residency in the bathroom. We have a “Crazy Lady” that every conversation with her becomes a confrontation. The other night she confronted the wrong person (Ranger) and almost went to jail. She was ejected from the park, but she will be back.

As with most State Park campgrounds along the California coast, a train runs very near the park. During the day it’s not too bad since only the local commuter trains run. These are modern, short and fast so the noise is minimal and it is over with quick. The problem is at night when the slow moving, long freight trains come through. They are pretty noisy. We have had campers check out early because they couldn’t handle the noise. They said they were heading home to get a vacation from their vacation.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The calm before the storm

Since the reservation system canceled everyone’s reservations until tomorrow, the park is real quiet and relatively empty today. Tomorrow will be a different story though. We have a bunch coming in tomorrow and the rest will be arriving Friday for the weekend. Out of 171 sites, 88 are closed for maintenance so that will keep the crowds down a bit but still we are going from about 25 campers to 83 in 2 days. Check in time should be fun. Hopefully they all don’t show up at once. We are supposed to have great weather this weekend so that will be a good thing.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Message Board

I have just added a message board to our website. You can go there by clicking on the “QuickTopic” link in the left column. I don’t know if this will be something we will use or not, but I thought we would give it a try. If it catches on, I will add more topics as time goes on. This is a very simple Message Board to use. There is no need to register or sign in to read and post messages.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

All clean

I finished the cleaning job today. We are all clean again. From the top of the motorhome to the mats on the ground around the motorhome. Even the car is all clean again. Mentally I fell much better. Physically I am a bit sore.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


From hot, dry, windy, and fires to rain. Well more like drizzle. We had just enough rain today to really mess things up. With all the ash, things are a mess. I went out today and hosed things off just to keep the ash from really sticking to everything from the moisture. Tomorrow is supposed to be back to warm and sunny so it would have baked the wet ash right into everything. By tomorrow I should have everything cleaned up again.
We have only a couple of evacuees left since most are cleared to head home. Things should get back to normal at the park now. Well…if you want to call it normal.

Today for instance, we had a complaint from a gentleman that last night the campers next to him were dousing a football with gasoline, setting it on fire, and kicking it around the campsite. We talked to them this morning and informed them that they will probably get a visit from a Ranger. I took a drive by the site and since they are all minors, they were pouring all their beer out on the ground. It just so happened the Ranger was right behind me and spotted the same thing. They were immediately evicted.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


As I stated things are improving here. I spent the day yesterday cleaning up a bit but not too much. There is still a lot of fall out of ash from the fires left in the air. Soon after cleaning up, everything is covered in a lite coat of ash. I will just have to wait for a few days before I can really clean things up.

Landen, our Grandson, came to spend a few days since school has been canceled for the rest of the week. He got a chance to see the horses we have in camp this morning. The horses have left now since they were cleared to go back to their homes. The horse owners were so appreciative that we were able to accommodate them. It was the least we could do under the circumstances. Their vet even brought them donuts and coffee this morning and checked on the horses.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Things are looking better here at the campground. Much of San Diego is still on fire and not contained. There are still evacuations going on but a lot of people have been allowed to go back to their homes. I spent much of the day cleaning the ash off everything but am reluctant to spend too much effort since there is still ash in the air. The wind has turned around and is now blowing the ash and smoke in that has blown out to sea. There has been some evacuees coming into the campground but not as many as I expected.

We even have a number of horses in the park that were evacuated. Although this is not a horse park, we are doing our best to accommodate them. For some reason the reservation system canceled all reservations until the end of the month. This is really causing problems for us as people come in expecting to have reservations.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Better air

The smoky skies mad a nice view over the ocean this evening. Things are getting better here in San Diego. The winds have dropped and the humidity is increasing. Things are still bad but where we are the air quality has increased considerably.

I guess Jack-o-lanterns get old and crotchety too.

This is a photo of the Pumpkin my Grandson carved just 3 days ago

Now this is what it turned into after the dry hot weather we have had in the last 3 days.

Getting better

The winds are subsiding, changing direction and the humidity is going up. That is good news. The bad news, it will still take some time to get everything under control. One of the fires is still threatening us, however we still have not received any evacuation notice and hopefully, if things continue to improve, we will not need to. The air has cleared considerably here and we are getting a slight ocean breeze. It is a shame we have had this nice warm weather with clear skies and haven’t been able to enjoy it because of the fire threat, smoke, and ash.
We are not even close to being out of the woods yet but it is looking better.

We are still here

We got a fairly good night sleep last night. We have not been evacuated as yet. There still is a possibility since the fire threatening us is 0% contained. They have evacuated the area 2 towns south of us and 2 towns north of us. The good side is, the winds have subsides and there is even a weak onshore wind which will blow the fire away from us. This allows the fire aircraft to get in the air to help fight the fires by air. They are predicting the winds and heat to continue thru tomorrow. The air quality is still bad and even though the wind changes direction it will bring the smoke over the ocean back in. Everything is covered in ash and I still wear my particle mask whenever I go outside.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Filtered sun

Here is a picture of the smoke filtered sun reflecting on the waves. You can see the smoke over the ocean as well. With all the evacuations in the area, I am surprised the campground has not filled up. They have done a really good job of providing lots of shelters all around San Diego County. Susan is not going to get any sleep tonight.

We are packed and ready to go

The yellow dot is where we are. The fire is burning in the direction of the smoke blown by the winds.

We have not been evacuated, however directly across the lagoon from us, they are under a voluntary evacuation. They are expecting one of the fires to burn down the canyon to the ocean. I doubt we will be in any danger but if it does jump the lagoon we are in big trouble. This park has a lot of vegetation and it is all dry and ready to burn. If anything, we will be getting a lot more smoke and ash than we are right now, and it is pretty bad now. Anyone that is outside is wearing particle masks and some sort of eye protection. To be honest with you, if we didn’t have a reason to be here, we would be out of here right now.

San Diego is on fire

View out the front window

We are experiencing major fires all over San Diego County today. They are saying these are the worst fires in San Diego’s history. These photos were taken at 10:00a. As you can see the sun is totally blocked out by smoke and ash. There is not a cloud in the sky, it is all smoke and ash. We have had the motorhome closed up and the air conditioner on since yesterday. The wind has died down for now and I don’t know what will happen when it comes back up. It may blow more smoke and ash into the area or it may help blow it out of the area. We have contacted the State Park campgrounds north of here to see if they can take some of our campers that are having trouble with the air quality. This will leave sites available to evacuees in our park. This is supposed to go on for a couple of days.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bluster Day

Today was warm and windy. It was a perfect day for the Grandson to fly his kite. It is also a perfect day for fires. With the dry Southern California land, fires strike easy and it seems when it gets hot and windy, the fires begin. The fires are miles away but we got covered in smoke. I had to close up the motorhome and turn on the air conditioner to keep the smoke out. Landen also got to do a little pumpkin carving today.

He really didn’t want to pull the guts out of the pumpkin but I told him that’s part of the job and it needs to be done. He sure looks forward to coming down to the beach. There is always something fun to do.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Business as unusual

Not much out of the ordinary going on here lately. Now I don’t mean not much going on, I mean not much UNUSUAL. There is always some sort of excitement. Anyway, the weather has been great. We had a couple of days of drizzle, which cleaned the motorhome for me. This week is supposed to be in the 80s to 90s. Can’t beat that. Today is my Saturday off. Saturdays are on a rotation basis with the 3 camp hosts so we get every 3rd off. Since I “work” Friday mornings and Tuesday afternoons, this gives me about 4 days off. The State of California came through and got us another cart so we don’t have to share the 1 we had. Since the other 2 hosts are close to each other and I am the furthest they will share one and let me have the other full time.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Home from work

We don’t have the luxury to go home from work. We live at work.

With this sign in front of our motorhome, we must be available pretty much 24 hours a day. Fortunately most people respect us as ordinary people and not someone that is there for their every need 24 hours. I had one lady come up one morning and tell me that last night there were some noisy campers at 1:00a. She didn’t want to disturb us so she put up with it. I appreciate that.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Infant mortality

Infant mortality is a term used to describe a failure in the early stage of a products life. As I mentioned a few days ago, we upgraded our phone and aircard. Everything went well and worked right out of the box. Well until today, that is. Our aircard decided to roll over and die. I tried everything I knew to troubleshoot the problem and hopefully get it working again. No Go. So I called Verizon tech support. These guys are good and they aren’t even from India. Well Patrick ran me through some of the things I already did and a few I didn’t. We finally determined the card was bad. Fortunately the Verizon store is close by so I grabbed the card and headed on down the road. After explaining that Patrick and I determined the card was bad, the Verizon person said Patrick should have ordered me a new card and I would have to wait until it came in the mail. No, I replied. Patrick said to head on over to the store and get a new card. “We don’t have replacements”, she replied. I know you have cards, I just bought this one the other day. Finally she led me over to the service counter where she went back and brought me out a new card. She then asked me if I had the package it came in. I said I just brought the card in and after a few seconds of blank stairs I told her to just take the new card out of the box and exchange it with the old card. Then I asked her if she could test it for me and her answer was they don’t have any way to test it. I took one step back and looked up to make sure it said Service then said, never mind I’ll test it myself. After getting back and inserting the card it would not connect, said it wasn’t authorized. Another call to Verizon Tech. Seems the girl at the Verizon store didn’t remove the old card out of the system and add the new card. Again the Verizon Tech guy knew his stuff. Anyway we got the card working and as you can see we are back online again.

Friday, October 12, 2007

What happened here

I try to shake my fire extinguishers at least once every few months. Bouncing around in a motorhome tends to pack the powder down and it is advisable to loosen up the powder once in a while by shaking. I have 1 placed near all 3 exits, front door, side door and the bedroom emergency exit window. This is usually an uneventful chore. This time while attending to the one in the bedroom I noticed something amiss. It appears this extinguisher has been used. The first thing I noticed was the powder coming out of the nozzle while shaking it. This appears to be residual powder. I checked the gauge and noticed it was low (in the recharge range). How could this be, I wondered. Then I noticed the pin in the handle (to prevent accidental discharge) was missing. No it didn’t just fall out because it is normally held in with a plastic band to keep it in place. The really strange thing is I looked and looked and could not find the plastic band or the pin so it’s not like the band broke and the pin simply fell out. I asked Susan if she knew anything about this and she said no. We tried to remember the last time we left the motorhome unattended such as at a service center. I know I have shaken these extinguishers since the last time we left the motorhome anywhere. It’s a mystery.

Things have been quiet around here. We have had our usual minor incidences but nothing worth noting.

The thing I don’t understand is, even though our section is closed for maintenance and they have placed barricades across the road, we still see vehicles cruise through here occasionally. Either they are blind, can’t read or don’t think the signs and barricades pertain to them. It is amazing how full the campground has been this time of year. But after all, it is Southern California and the weather has been just great. I am sure it will slow down in a few weeks.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

All alone

We are now all alone here at the Campground. They closed off our end for their annual maintenance. The other half of the campground is open but there is no one in site from our spot. Things have been pretty mellow around here lately. For the most part everyone has been behaving.
Susan and I went to the Verizon store and upgraded our Aircard and Phone. The new card is at least twice as fast with downloads and about 5 times faster with uploads. We got Susan a new Razor phone, which she is happy with. It had all the wiz bangs such as mp3 player and camera, which we will probably never use.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Blustery day

Looked like rain this morning but it never came. Finally about 10:00A the sun came out and it was sunny the rest of the day, however it was pretty windy, and a bit chilly.

Perfect weather for Sail Boarding.

Tomorrow is supposed to be better. This place cleared out about noon but soon filled up again when the 100+ weekend campers started to arrive. I sure hope they are all well behaved.

I got one more morning tomorrow and then I am off duty for a couple of days. Our Grandson came down to spend the night with us tonight so tomorrow I will be playing ball, scooter riding, kite flying, playing on the beach, and other kid stuff.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Been quiet

It has been relatively quiet for the last couple of days. After the first day on the job I was beginning to wonder. All might change starting tomorrow though since it is the start of the weekend. We have over 100 campers coming in tomorrow. I am glad I will be working the morning shift because come 2:00p (check in time) it is going to be a mad house, then again in the afternoon when the others get off work. I will most likely head on up to the Kiosk to see if they need any help though. That’s just the way I am. Maybe since the weather looks a little iffy some will stay home…I doubt it.

I bought the coolest thing today. Susan does not like my digital camera because I take lots of pictures and download them into the computer. She doesn’t know how to view them in the computer yet so she never gets to see them.

Well I bought a Digital Photo Frame. This is a display screen that is framed just like a photo and it will hold about 150 pictures that can be displayed in a slideshow fashion. I can rotate the pictures as I take them so Susan can view them whenever she likes. It just sits on top of the TV cabinet like a framed picture.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

First day on the job

Well, today was the first day back on the job as Campground Hosts this year, And OH WHAT A DAY. If it were our first time at this, I would be packing and moving on out of here. We had someone race out of the campground about 80 mph and on the way out hit a vehicle and almost hit another and never stopped. We had 3 homeless drunks that got into a fight, 2 went to the hospital and the other tried to catch a bus but instead got into a fight with the bus driver. He went to jail. The Ranger evicted the whole lot then later this evening the 2 came back. Apparently they don’t understand eviction. We had items stolen out of sites in broad daylight, they usually wait until the cover of darkness. We had people occupying sites and refusing to pay. All this and it was just our first day on the job. This should be a fun year.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Settled in for 3 months

We are back in Southern California for our Camp Host jobs. We got settled in this morning and went around meeting the others and getting reacquainted with some we have worked with before. We will be here until the end of the year. This year should be as interesting as the last 2 have been.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

I hate wind

The wind was howling last night. I figured it would calm down by morning and our drive would be an easy one. Wrong! We woke to the same winds as last night. Susan asked if it would be OK to drive in such winds and I told her it won’t be fun but we can do it. Most of the trip we were heading straight into the wind so it wasn’t so bad except that the motorhome kept dropping out of overdrive with such a headwind. At times when the road turned we were fighting a cross wind that was pretty wild. All I could do was hang on and try to keep it in a straight line. This went on for about 40 miles. Not a fun ride. Finally we dropped over the mountain and all was calm. Whew! The motorhome handled very well in the wind.
We got to the Elks Lodge early and after setting up Susan took off to pickup our Grandson. He was so excited to see us.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Stopover point

We are at our stopover point in Indio California. We arrived about noon as planned so Susan can watch her NASCAR qualifying. After pulling in one of the workers came by and said he noticed the 48 in our window (48 is Susan’s favorite NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson) and told me that Jeff Gordon (Jeff is Jimmie’s team mate) just pulled out of this site. Not the Jeff Gordon NASCAR driver of course. We are only here for a one night stop over.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

All packed up and ready to roll

We packed up ready for our trip today. We will be pulling out fairly early tomorrow because Susan wants to get off the road by noon. The reason? Well, NASCAR of course. Tomorrow is qualifying for the race. I called the park that we are Hosting at and found out our site will be occupied until Monday. They can give us a site with no hookups, which would be no problem except that they only allow generator use until 8:00p. No TV after 8:00p…what will we do. We decided to just hang out at the Elks lodge where we will have water and electric until Monday then head on over to the campground. This way we will be setting still on Sunday so Susan can watch the race.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

They came and they went

Some of our friends here in the resort pulled out today. They have jobs they have to do for a few months to pay for all the toys they bought while here. The resort was sure quiet this evening. The good thing is we got our views back.
We will be packing up tomorrow and getting ready to head out ourselves. We will be on the road Friday morning heading for our Camp Host gig in Southern California. I sure wish we didn’t agree to do 3 months this year. We are going to let them know we are only doing the 2 months next year or none at all. We want to possibly do another “US Tour” next year so 2 months Camp Hosting will give us a little more time.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Having a nice time

We have just been enjoying the nice desert weather. The last couple of days it has been in the 80s. We did have a day and night of rain but the temperature was still in the high 70s to 80s. The rain washed everything down real nice. We are getting ready to head on out of here this weekend. We have our Camp Host jobs to do in Southern California for October through December. We are not happy about leaving but we are anxious to see our Grandkids.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Different weather

We went from clear and hot to cloudy and cool overnight. Yesterday it was about 80 degrees with a cloud cover all day. We even got a little rain. It sure was a nice change from Sunny and Hot the day before. Today it has been off and on so far with sun and clouds. We are supposed to get a little thunderstorm come through but so far it hasn’t materialized.

We spent half the day yesterday working on a neighbors boat. We had about 5 guys on it at one point, what else do we have to do. Turns out the hot Havasu summer destroyed the rubber impeller in his water pump so we had to partially dismantle the boat to get to the pump. They never make these things easy. But like I said, what else do we have to do.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Cool weather

Well, if you call 100 cool. It barely got to 100 degrees today and everyone was commenting on how cool it was today. You actually saw people out doing stuff all day instead of just in the morning. I took advantage of the “cool” weather and gave the motorhome a good washing. Later on I jumped in the pool and did a few laps. I am going to be sore tonight.

Two of our friends came rolling in with their motorhomes on the same day. It is slowly starting to get populated around here again. It won’t be long before the “Snowbirds” show up and the park will be full.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Half days

I am only working half days these days. Work you say? I mean working on the motorhome and whittling down my “To Do” list. The reason for half days? By noon it is over 100 degrees so I call it quits about then. Actually I start working on my inside “To Do” list. It is supposed to start cooling down in the next couple of days. By Monday it is supposed to be 98 degrees and by Thursday 94. It probably won’t last though but this is the time of year is starts to cool down out hear.

Tonight was movie night at the clubhouse. We saw the movie RV. This is the third time we have seen this movie. Every time I see it I get a laugh. If you haven’t seen it I recommend it.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Yeah it’s hot

We arrived in Havasu about noon today and it was about 100 degrees. I parked, set up the motorhome and thought, this is not too bad. The humidity is low so I hardly broke a sweat, well… Not like in Fontana at least. Then it started to get hot. It’s about 111 right now (3:00p) and hopefully that all the hotter it will get. It won’t start to drop off for another 2 hours or so.

It looks like everything survived the summer on our lot OK. I guess I got the irrigation set right because everything is still alive and about twice the size as when we left. The weeds survived pretty well too. They look bad but they are the type that have one root and cover several feet so cleaning them up wasn’t bad. Everything needs a good washing down though, after all, it is the desert and there has been a lot of construction going on in phase 3. I will be spending the next couple of days cleaning the ocean off the motorhome and car, and cleaning the desert off everything else.

One good thing is, not too many motorhomes are here right now so our view is killer. I suspect they will start rolling in in the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

We are on the move

We made the move today. Tonight we will spend the night in Indio then on to Havasu in the morning. We usually stay at the Elks Lodge here in Indio however there is a Passport America park that during off season, their rate is the same as the Lodge. Passport America is a half price club where parks will charge members half price usually to bring them in during off season.

It is hot here, 111 degrees today but I guess it’s true what they say about dry heat because it is much more comfortable than Fontana was at 111 with much more humidity. I guess 106 in Havasu won’t be too bad since monsoon season is over so there should be no humidity. I can’t wait to wash everything down to get the ocean off. To add to that I am getting a good collection of bugs on the front of the motorhome and we haven’t even gone through the Colorado River farm country yet. I am not going to bother to clean it up until we get into Havasu.

Also, since I finally got in a location where I can get a fast Internet connection, I uploaded our NASCAR photos to our photo site. See the photo links in the left hand column.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fire in them hills

We got a little excitement today. There was a pretty good size fire in the hills across the highway from the campground.

Rumor has it that a car fire up on the highway started it. They called in a couple of helicopters and a large fire crew to work on it. It was interesting to watch the strategy used to fight it.

Seems the helicopters would drop in front of the fire crews on both sides of the fire, and then the crews with chain saws and fire hoses would mop up after. I guess they know what they are doing because after about 4 hours now they are getting it out.

We were pretty wishy washy about pulling out of here tomorrow. It was 106 in Havasu today and doesn’t look like it is going to let up soon. We would stay but it is cooling down quite a bit here at the beach. Today was in the low 70s and it is supposed to only get up to 68 in a few days. Also everything is coated with a nice film of yuck from the ocean salt air. I need to get everything into dryer air and give it all a good bath. We are going to be on the beach again in a couple of weeks anyway when we head to San Diego for our Camp Host positions.

Monday, September 10, 2007

One more day and we gotta go

Well, we really don’t have to. In reality we should stay longer since it is still over 100 degrees in Havasu. We were going to leave last Sunday but it’s been so perfect here we decided to stay longer. Why are we leaving Wednesday? NASCAR. We will make our usual stop in Indio Wednesday night and get into Havasu Thursday. Susan will shop and do laundry on Friday and Saturday and Sunday will be free for NASCAR.

Low Tide

At $45 a night, we have just about reached our campground budgets limit for the month. Being the rest of the month in Havasu is free it will average out.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

New Neighbors

Have you ever had a neighbor move out and cringe at the thought of who will be moving in? Well this happens to us a lot. Here at the beach we actually pulled straight into our site instead of backing in as the site was designed for.

This put us pretty close to the guy next door that backs in. Our last neighbors, who pulled out this morning, were real cool. We hardly new they were here. The guy that pulled in today seems OK but he has a couple of kids so he will probably not stay long as the kids have to go back to school.

Susan and I took a walk down the beach today. It has been a bit cooler and breezier today but still nice. I was going to pull out tomorrow and head for Havasu but we are enjoying the beach so much that we will stay for a while.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Another day at the beach

Today was NASCAR qualifying and the Busch race so Susan was pretty busy. I, on the other hand took a 5 mile walk down the beach. What a perfect day for a walk on the beach. The temperature was in the mid 70s with a gentle breeze.

Good thing I watch where I step or I could have stepped on this guy. This is a pretty good size jellyfish.

Being Friday all sites are full and I suspect it is the same case at the other campgrounds in the area. Everyone is trying to get away from the heat.

We have gotten used to the sound of the waves crashing all night and can get a good nights sleep, however this morning bright and early, a surfer came into the park and apparently doesn’t realize there are other people in this world and had his music blaring all the time he was getting prepared to go surfing. Then shortly after, the trash truck showed up to empty the dumpster behind the motorhome. Oh yeah, and the morning freight train. I guess it could be worse. It could be an alarm clock.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Maybe a little too close

As I mentioned we are REAL close to the ocean. Last night we sat in the front seats and watched as the spray from the waves crashing against the rocks were reaching the motorhome. I would imagine during high surf, stormy seas, this place gets flooded out a bit. Yesterday was a bit cool and windy, today was a little foggy at times but much warmer. Last evening just before sunset Susan spotted a weasel popping in and out of the rocks in front of the motorhome. I didn’t even know there were weasels around here. We watched for a while as he entertained us.

Today we took a drive over to the Ventura Harbor and visited the Channel Islands National Park. We can see islands from out the front of the motorhome but I wasn’t sure what islands they were. After that we cruised through the Harbor Village Shops.

It sure is nice to listen to the waves crashing at night. We get an occasional freight train going by on the nearby tracks but for the most part all we hear is the sound of the waves. I really do like being on the ocean. The only draw back is, yesterday I washed the car, today…you wouldn’t know it. The salt air leaves a dull film on everything. If you have anything chrome or exposed metal, it is history in no time.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Laundry Day

Ah, the dreaded laundry day. This is probably the only thing we hate about fulltiming. If we had it to do over, we would have bought a motorhome with a washer and dryer. I don’t know what it is about laundromats but they sure seem to draw the scourge of life. I usually pick a few in the area and we do a drive by and pick the lesser of the evils. Today we just said, let’s go to the closest and get it over. This place looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in months. Susan had to fight the Mexicans to get a washer and dryer since a lot of the machines were out of order and some were just too down right scummy to use. The only laundromat we have come across that was worse was the one with roaches coming through the wall from the Chinese restaurant next door. We had to be careful not to bring home any hitchhikers from that one. Well at least it’s over until we get to our Resort in Lake Havasu City.

Parked only 50 feet from, and facing the ocean is great except for around 5:00p when the glare from the setting sun blasts into our window. I know, life should be so tough.

But after that the sunsets are great.

We will probably hang out hear for a few more days then head on out to Lake Havasu. It looks like it is cooling down to below 105 in the next couple of days so it should be nice and cool out there for us. We are looking forward to seeing our friends in Havasu.