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.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
On our way back from Williams last week, I had about ½ tank of fuel. I thought it would be wise to fill the motorhome then instead of when we travel again thinking the fuel prices would be higher later. I paid about $3.65/gal then. I filled the car today at $3.98/gal. And it’s only going to get worse.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
We left Williams this morning and bucked the winds all the way back to Havasu. The good thing is it was pretty much a downhill drive the hole trip. When we got back to the Resort we couldn’t get to our lot. They are resealing the roads and they were all blocked off. I went into the office and they said we can’t drive on it for 2 days so they put us out in phase 3. It’s not really any big deal except since we didn’t take our car on this trip, it is sitting on our lot and we can’t get to it. Interesting, without the car in tow I only got .5 mpg better millage.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Today we took the ladies to the Deer Farm here in Williams. They have more than just deer but as you walk through the gate a herd of about 50 deer start heading for you. They think you have food for them. After they find out you don’t they disperse with the exception of a couple that will follow you around hoping you will put a quarter in one of these machines full of corn. If you do insert a quarter and turn the crank,
you have to fight for the corn because they will eat it right out of the shoot. We had fun just walking around looking at all the animals they have such as Llamas, Bison, Reindeer, peacocks, a camel and more. They also have a nice gift shop.
After the deer farm we to a cruise over to the Grand Canyon Harley Davidson dealer where
I found this tree made of motorcycle mufflers. Next door is the Roadhouse Grill where you grill your own food. It was pretty cool. Then we took a drive down the road to Ash Fork for something to do. There is NOT MUCH in Ash Fork except Flagstone.
Lots and lots of Flagstone. We found out that Ash Fork is the Flagstone Capitol of the World. They mine it here.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The good thing, No Wind. The temperature is only 36º
This isn’t just a light dusting. There is at least 6” on the ground and it is still coming down in Big flakes.
I had to go out and sweep the snow off the dish so we could watch TV. I guess they won’t be renting any sites today because you can’t find them.
Monday, May 12, 2008
The wind has just not stopped. It blew all night last night and all day today.
We spent the day at the Grand Canyon. The temperature was great but we damn near got blown off the edge of the canyon several times.
Here is a photo of me holding my shirt over my head. This shows how hard the wind was blowing. It is supposed to snow some tonight but they say it won’t stick, not cold enough. Then rain all day tomorrow. This is OK. We will just stay inside and watch videos. It is only supposed to last one day then be OK from them on.
About 30 miles east of Flagstaff Arizona is a huge meteor crater. Around 50,000 years ago a meteor 150 feet across hit the earth. It hit with such force that it vaporized and left a crater 700 feet deep and over 4000 feet across.
The land out there is barren. You can see nothing for miles and miles.
When I heard that they wanted $15 to look at a hole in the ground I almost passed this up. I’m glad I didn’t. I am still not sure it’s worth $15 each but it was defiantly interesting to see. I wasn’t aware that meteors were metal. This meteor was iron-nickel. Another interesting fact I found out was that the shooting stars we see are no larger than the tip of a ballpoint pen. It’s the gasses we see in the night.
After the crater we stopped in Flagstaff to take the wives out for Mother’s day dinner. Flagstaff is a college town and an interesting place. There is quite a collection of unique shops.
Friday, May 9, 2008
There are some of the best views from the chapel.
Can you see the bird in this one?
How would you like to own this house? There is even an observatory on the roof. This house was being built a couple of years ago when we were here the last time. It is still under construction today.
Tomorrow is NASCAR day so we won’t be going anywhere. We decided since it is the weekend we will just hang around and maybe take a walk into town. Monday should be a good day to head on into the Grand Canyon. We are talking about heading over to see the Meteor Crater near Flagstaff sometime while we are here too.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Well just about everyone has gone home around here. There are a few that live here year around. Us on the other hand, we are just hanging out to recoup the refrigerator money. The refrigerator is working fine, thank you. We have decided to just limit our travel to short local trips this year. Tomorrow we are off to The Grand Canyon, Williams actually, for a week. From there we will do day trips to The Grand Canyon and Sedona. When we get back we will head down to Parker to spend a few days on the river where is will be a bit cooler.
Owning our own RV lot here at the resort has become a good thing because it doesn’t cost us campground fees or fuel to hang out here, we can hang out as long as we like, we can rent out the lot when we are not here, and property is still a good investment.
Monday, May 5, 2008
I have been hearing about a bar out in the middle of the desert. Sunday we decided to check it out. This place has no power or water to it. It’s in the MIDDLE OF THE DESERT! It is built on an old copper mine property. You can still see the mine in the side of the hill.
The road to the bar is a dirt road that I would not want to take our car down. We did it with our friends in their 4 wheel drive truck.
There are a few 4 wheel trails leading to the bar and I hear this is a popular place for the 4 wheelers in the area. Kind of like an oases in the desert. I hear the bar is standing room only at times and they even have bands most weekends. I believe the bands run on generator power.
Finally after about 5 miles there it was. This place is pretty cool. They run off solar panels, batteries and inverters. Their water comes from a well. The towers you see are the cooling towers. Water is pumped up the tower and trickles over cotton pads. Air passing through the cotton is cooled and falls down the towers into the building. It really works. You wouldn’t even know there is no power connected to the place. Yes it is a bit rugged but I was impressed for being in the middle of the desert.
There is even a church build on the property. There are no services held in this church because it is only about 6X6 in the middle and those sidewalls are just that, walls.
Their website is www.thedesertbar.com