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, June 30, 2010


After a beautiful day yesterday we had a pretty wild Thunderstorm last evening. It just came out of nowhere. This morning when we woke it was still raining and the thunder was still roaring. I thought, this is great, we came all this way and won’t be able to see the park. As sudden as it all came, it disappeared and the rest of the day was great, temps in the mid 70 and light clouds. At one point we were standing next to the car getting sprinkled on but there were no clouds in the sky. Couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. Well as I write this at 7:20p the thunder, lightning and big raindrops are back. As long as it is only at night and the days are good we are fine with that.

As I woke this morning and thought to my self, I don’t need to get up right away today and I don’t have to drive the motorhome for 3 hours today, so I just laid there and relaxed. Well I was wrong. We headed into Yellowstone today and I put 125 miles on the car. Seems like I drove for 6 hours, and we didn’t even see a fraction of it. We only did about half the lower loop. All the way into the park Landen was saying, where are all the animals. Then finally we started seeing them and all he could say was Whoa! We didn’t see any bear today but I think you have to hike some of the trails to see them. Tomorrow we are heading back in to see more if this thunderstorm will let us.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Stuck in the back

We are now in West Yellowstone Montana right outside Yellowstone National Park. We got pretty much the last campsite in town so we got stuck in the back of the park, I will get photos later. There was construction on the way and they stopped us for about 10 minutes

so I got a chance to get out and stretch my legs and snap a few photos.

We also picked up a few bugs on the way. Tomorrow we will be heading into the park for the day. The guy in the office here says everyone that has gone into the park has seen bears. One even spotted a grizzly with her cubs. I will be sure my camera is charged and ready to go.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pocatello Idaho

We are now in Pocatello Idaho. The drive through Salt Lake City was no bad at all except for the idiot trucker in front of me. He didn’t know how to keep a constant speed. When I tried to get around him he would speed up and not let me pass. At one time we were going over 70 mph before I backed off and got back in behind. Then he slowed to 60. I was ready to pull off the interstate for a few minutes and let the idiot go.

The place we are at is not bad but Susan wasn’t too happy that we got the spot right next to Gomer.

When you call ahead the night before for a spot, you get what they have left.

It’s just one night and really not a bad spot.

Tomorrow we will be in West Yellowstone right outside Yellowstone National Park. Landen is anxious to see the park. We have a National Geographic videotape that he watched the other night.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

What time is it

Susan called me in today and asked me why her phone says 4:00p but the TV says 3:00p. I though a while and said it’s because out Sat TV is based out of San Diego (Pacific time) and we are Mountain Time. Then she said, but Arizona is in Mountain Time but we are on the same time as California. After thinking a while more I remembered Arizona doesn’t change during Daylight Saving Time. Confusing…

We moved up from Cedar City to Provo today. My map program said it was going to be a little over 4 hours but we made it in 3.5 hours. I set the cruise control for 65 and sat back and enjoyed the ride.

We are in a nice campground right next to Utah Lake. The only problem is, Landen and I were our playing at about 6:00p and damn near got carried away by the mosquitoes.

Next stop, Pocatello Idaho.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cedar City Utah

We arrived today in Cedar City Utah just before noon. It was an uphill drive the whole trip.

My co-pilot enjoyed the trip. We are at close to 6000 feet now and everything we open explodes. We really didn’t expect much but were pleasantly surprised. This is a nice little town, very neat and clean.

The place we are staying is actually a Best Western, Town and Country Hotel with 10 full hookup sites in the back.

This is a real find. We have all the privileges of the hotel guests with an indoor and outdoor pool and breakfast in the morning. Today there is a festival in the park right across the street and Landen and I took a walk over to check it out. Lots of booths and bands. It is in the 80s here which is nice compared to the 100+ weather we have experienced in the last month. It should get cooler as we head more north.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Whoosh, no more Vegas

We are done with Vegas..for now that is. Susan and I are beat and we even wore out our 9 year old Grandson. Yesterday we spent the day at Circus Circus and Landen had a ball.

We rode the roller coaster 4 times along with all the other rides.

Of the whole Vegas experience Circus Circus was the best deal. We picked up a couple of $5 off coupons for their all day pass so for Landen and me (Susan doesn’t do rides) the day cost us $40. After Circus Circus we cruised the strip and headed back to the motorhome for a little R&R. Then last night we took in the Freemont Experience.

Today we walked the strip

and checked out the attractions at the various casinos. Between the crowds and heat we have had enough.

Tomorrow we hear out. Next stop Cedar City Utah. It’s about a 3 hour drive and we will be doing a one nighter there. In fact the next 3 stops are one nighters until we get to Yellowstone.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Las Vegas

Since it is only 3 hours to Las Vegas we didn’t hurry this morning. Even so, we got on the road a little after 8:00a which got us to Vegas around 11:00a. It was already 100 and then some degrees. I decided to upgrade our site from a 30 amp site to a 50 amp site so we can run both our roof airs and everything else at the same time. One thing I messed up on though is I got a site with the windshield facing the afternoon sun. Even though I got a sunscreen for the windshield, it’s like a big ol’ heater with the sun shinning on it. Landen and I took off to Fry’s Electronics to get a memory card for our new cell phone. Not sure if you have ever been to a Fry’s but they all have some sort of a theme. Well of course this one had a casino theme. We did nothing today. Tomorrow we are going to take Landen to Circus Circus.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Almost too late

Last time we traveled through Yellowstone we had no problem getting reservations at Grizzly RV Park. This time we weren’t so lucky. They are full for the time we plan to be there. This didn’t bother me too much since their price had also gone up more than $10 since the last time we were there. So I started checking around. I think I got lucky. I think I probably got the last spot in town that is suitable for us. Well, at least I think we got a spot. The woman I spoke to on the phone was kind of dingy. She said I did things backward. I was supposed to make a reservation request online and they would call me if I was in. She said now I will have to go online and fill out the reservation request and in the note section state that I already called and made the reservation. She said I will get an instant response via email. I filled out the online request but did not receive a conformation via email. Yes I am worried. If I see nothing in my inbox by tomorrow I will have to call back.

Friday, June 18, 2010

So far so good

Our credit cards are in so we are ready to go. I made our first reservations for our trip. We are booked in Las Vegas for 3 nights starting Wednesday. I worked on our tentative itinerary today. I say tentative because it could change day by day. That’s why I am not making reservations for the whole trip. I will be making them as we progress if I think we need them. The weather here in Lake Havasu City has been very nice since we got back. Sure it’s hot but so far it has stayed under 110, which is good. We have been going to the pool everyday to cool off a bit. Our grandson likes that. He has mixed feelings because he is anxious to get going on his western tour but likes to spend time here also.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Packed and ready

We are ready to head back to Havasu. We will spend about a week in Havasu before heading out on our summer journey with our Grandson. One reason we need to spend some time in Havasu is because of credit cards. The situation is, our cards expire at he end of this month and we have not received out new cards yet. They always wait until the last couple weeks before sending them out. We can survive without them on this trip but having them will make things a lot easier.

By the way, we did get a new phone yesterday, and it only cost me $16.62. Well actually $66.62 but I got a $50 mail in rebate. What a joke. Why make me mail in for a rebate, just give me the discount right there in the store. The girl that helped us at the store had the personality of a rock! She never smiled, in fact never even looked up at us. She went through all the motions and handed us our phone and sent us on our way. Next time I think I will just do it all on line. I think my computer has more personality than she did.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Just had an earthquake

Now I remember what it was I liked about California. Honest, I do like earthquakes. This one just happened about 80 miles away and was a 5.9 Mag. Since we have lived in a motorhome for about 6 years now I am used to the “house” shaking. I almost missed it. It was Susan that pointed it out. Nice little ride.

Free = $270

Our Verizon plan allows us to get a new phone every 2 years for free or at a discount price. Since there is no such thing as Verizon in Lake Havasu City we decided to pickup a new phone here while in California. So we headed over to the Verizon store and picked out a phone that had a big FREE sign on it. Well, sure the phone is free…but we are required to pay tax on the full amount of the phone (a little over $30) and add an additional $10 per month for a “Required” data plan. Let’s see, that’s $30 for the tax and additional $240 for the $10 per month data plan for 2 years, that comes to about $270. So if I had to pay full price for this phone it would add another $300. That would come to about $570 for the phone. Oh, do you want a car charger with that…How about a case to protect your new phone, don’t forget the additional insurance plan. I ended up walking out frustrated with no phone. When I got home I went online and found another FREE phone that will fit our needs that doesn’t require the extra data plan. Tomorrow we are going to head on over to the Verizon store and try again.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Busy Busy

I have been very busy since we arrived back in California. As some of you may know, I am a member of the Elks. A lot of the Elks Lodges have RV parks for their members and that is where we stay. They are always happy to see us here because I always volunteer to help out with lodge and RV park maintenance. I have also taken advantage of the cool coastal weather to do some cleaning and polishing on the motorhome. Susan has been equally busy visiting with her parents. In a few more days our grandson will be out of school and we will be taking off on our summer trip. He is very anxious.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Another hot one today

We are packed and ready to head out in the morning. We are going to try to get an early start to beat some of the heat. The way I got it figured, we should be able to travel in under 100 degree heat the whole trip since it gets cooler as we head to the coast. Right now (5:30p) it’s 109 here in Havasu and 66 where we are going. Huh, the low here at 5:00a was 82. We are going to freeze!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

No TV after 12:00

Just out of curiosity I read the specs on my patio TV. The Max operating temperature is 104 degrees. Well today by noon it was 109 on the patio. I had to head inside to watch the races today. This after noon Susan and I went in the pool and the water was over 90 degrees. Not too refreshing there. With both airs running, it stays pretty cool inside. At least we can get some relief. Check the flag in the left column to see what the present temp is.

Friday, June 4, 2010

3 digit day

Today we reached a temperature of 3 digits. My patio thermometer read 105 at one point. I am not sure what the official high was according to the weather stations but it was a warm one. I spent most of the day outside as I usually do but just moved a little slower. It is supposed to get hotter as the weekend progresses and on into the first part of next week. Good thing we are heading for California Monday. At least we will get out of some of the heat. We are going to spend 10 days in California to pickup our Grandson and visit family. We will bring Landen back here for a few days then off to Las Vegas for a few then on up to Yellowstone National Park. It should be a bit cooler up there.