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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It’s been a while

It has been a while since I posted last. Not much going on right now. We are waiting for next week when we head for California for the NASCAR race. We were going to do our annual river trip…sounds kind of strange since we practically live on the Colorado River, but last year we headed down to Parker Arizona just about 30 minutes away. We took a drive the other day and found all the reserved sites are taken for the next few weeks. We could take our chances and drive down in hopes to get a non-reserved site, which is most likely possible. The catch is, there is no cell service there and our friend’s daughter is about to have a baby. We decided to put the river trip off until further notice.

Tuesday we plan to head for Fontana California, well actually Ontario is where we will be staying, for the California NASCAR race. I say plan because we are in the middle of a windstorm right now and are expecting another one right behind this one. They should be gone by Tuesday but you know how the weather can be. I really don’t want to drive in 25 to 50 mph side winds. We don’t need to be there until the weekend so I can hold of a day or two if needed.

People are starting to trickle in here at the resort. I hear that some of the northern states are already getting a dusting of snow. That means the Snowbirds will be heading on down soon.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gunner the roadrunner

During the summer when there is not a lot of people or dogs around the wildlife comes out. We sit and watch as the rabbits, quail, dove, and roadrunners roam around the common area. We also have scorpions and rattlesnakes but fortunately we haven’t seen any of the bad guys…yet.

This is Gunner. The Manager named him. Not sure where the name came from but Gunner the Roadrunner has a bit of a ring to it. This guy comes by several times a day to visit and will follow you around if you are walking around. He no doubt is looking for a handout. We threw him a pretzel one evening but he didn’t care much for that. Roadrunners are more meat eaters and he was probably looking for something more like a little hamburger. It won’t be long before everyone starts to arrive and Gunner and his friends will go back into hiding.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


We are back in the 100+ temperatures. We arrived in Havasu today about 1:00pm after our usual stopover in Bakersfield last night. It was a good drive but I did see a pretty gnarly semi truck crash. I don’t know when it happened but the wreckers were there trying to figure out how to haul it off. It looked like something out of the TV program Wrecked. The driver had to have gotten hurt (I hope he’s OK) since the cab was pretty messed up.

We had a great time in the Morro Bay area even though we only had 3 sunny days. The rest were foggy and cool. We covered the coast from Pismo Beach to just north of San Simeon. The bad part…I went through about $400 in gas. The California prices are killer. The good part…Stocks have been good to me in the last 10 days.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ready to go

We are just about all packed up and ready to head back to Havasu tomorrow. Yesterday we headed back up the coast to San Simion and checked out the Elephant seals.

Check out this fat boy.
Today we spent the day in Pismo Beach and Avila Beach. We have had a great week here in Morro Bay. The weather had been mostly fog and overcast but we have had a couple of perfect days with lots of sun and low 70 temps. Last night late we even had a little rain. By morning it was over and things dried up pretty fast. Well tomorrow we will be heading for Bakersfield for a night then over the mountain to Havasu on Wednesday. I hear the weather in Havasu has cooled a bit to the high 90s and low 100s. Maybe it will start cooling down a bit.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Finally got a chance

I finally got a chance to write something. We have been busy here in Morro Bay.

The other day we spent the day cruising shops and walking on the beach. Later that evening we headed up to San Luis Obispo for their street fair.

Of course you can’t visit SLO without seeing Bubblegum Alley.

Sure it’s disgusting but kind of cool to see.

Yesterday we did the night tour at Hearst Castle. On our way we spent the day in Cambria. As many times as I have been through there, I have never stopped. There are a lot of cool shops there. We found a park on the beach for lunch and then hit some more shops.

If you ever get a chance, you need to see the night tour at Hearst Castle. I have done just about all the day tours and always wanted to see the night tour. They combine all the day tours in this one and have volunteers dress in the era so you feel like you stepped back in time.

Today is NASCAR day so it is an R&R day.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Morro Bay

We arrived in Morro Bay about 11:00 this morning. It’s been go go go since we arrived so I haven’t had time to write much. I will post more hopefully tomorrow.

Monday, September 7, 2009


We are now in Bakersfield at the Orange Grove RV Park. We are on our way to Morro Bay for a week and this is our favorite stop over. We are only going to be here for one night then it’s off to the coast in the morning. We are…were traveling with our friends from Havasu. It started out good but the kayaks he had tied to the roof of his truck decided they didn’t want to go and tried to abandon ship on the freeway so He decided to take them home. Fortunately we weren’t too far along. So he turned back and we continued on. When he got to Bakersfield about 1 hour behind us he decided to continue on to the coast so we are going to meet up with them tomorrow in Morro Bay. I think it’s crazy to drive 8 to 9 hours a day when you don’t really need to.

Unfortunately it’s too early for the oranges to be ripe. Orange Grove RV Park is literally in an orange grove. They cleared all but 3 trees per site to build the park and they encourage you to pick oranges when they are in season. Of all the times we have been through, I think they have only been ripe once. We did find a time when they were still green on the outside but orange and sweet on the inside. Susan tried one today and said they are sweet but kind of dry still. Anyway the weather here is nice. It is about 90, a little humid but not bad with a light breeze, a lot better than the 105+ in Havasu. The drive was good and being the last day of the holiday weekend I thought the traffic was going to be terrible but it was good. Maybe less people are traveling these days.

On our trip here we traveled over the Tehachapi Mountains. Last time we came through here it was snowy at the top and grassy on the foothills. This time it was dry and brown. Not a pretty site. We traveled about 35 miles as the crow flies from some of the terrible fires in Southern California but didn’t see or smell any smoke.

Well I am able to update the web site today because although our Verizon aircard is struggling here (VERRY SLOOOO) the WiFi here at the park is one of the fastest I have come across. We will see what happens when we get to Morro Bay.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Midnight Monsoons

Summertime in Havasu is also Monsoon time. We have a number of Monsoons roll through this time of year. Usually we can see them coming and prepare for them by putting away all the awnings, rolling up the windows in the car and battening down anything that will blow away. The problem comes when they come through in the middle of the night. Last night was one of those nights. I woke to the sound of the palm frowns rustling from the wind. I laid there for a while to see if it would calm down but it only got worse. Finally I had to get up and go outside to secure everything. Just all part of living in the desert.