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, April 29, 2010

Crazy day

Today was a mess…Weather wise that is. We were supposed to have some guests visit us and stay for a week here at the resort but they emailed me and said they would wait a day or more for the wind to subside. Wise move since today was a mixed bag of weather. Last night the wind blew so hard I was wondering if we were going to have a tornado or something. The motorhome was shaking and rocking quite a bit. It blew in to the morning until about 8:00a when suddenly it stopped, the clouds went away and it started to warm up. Then as suddenly as the nice weather came it went away. The wind roared again and even a few raindrops fell.

These photos were when it was sunny here but raining off in the distance. This went on most of the day. It made for kind of a useless day. I did get the refrigerator defrosted though. It’s not supposed to get any better for the next couple of days.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fun weekend

It all started Thursday with the run over to Laughlin Nevada for the River Run Bike Rally. I wrote about that in the last post. This weekend was also the 5th annual Desert Storm Boat Race on Lake Havasu.

Friday morning I want down to the channel for the boat parade. I ran out of space on my camera’s memory card. There were so many boats I couldn’t get them all. I was there for about 4 hours and decided I had seen enough…for the day. I knew I would be back before the weekend was over. I was right, because Friday night we got a call from a friend inviting us for a day on their boat to watch the time trials from the water. Getting up and personal, as close as they let us, was a thrill. Some of these guys were blowing past us at over 170 mph, top speed was 175 mph done by a 50-foot Mystic Catamaran. THAT’S FAST ON THE WATER. Each boat/team had to pass a technical inspection, which consists of checking for approved helmets, life jackets, safety shut off switch and every person on board had to pass a breathalyzer test. Later we took a ride down the lake and back. There were SO MANY boats on the lake. Some of them were going past us like we were going backwards. I posted pictures, check them out. After Thursdays rainy weather, the rest of the weekend was fantastic with temps pushing into the 90s.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bike Run

This weekend is the 28th annual Laughlin River Bike Run. Lots of nice bikes and this thing they call the Hoss Fly.

Yeah, pretty much a V-8 engine with a seat. Unfortunately it was quite a disappointment though. Between the economy and the increased police presents, the attendance was really down. The increase police presents is due to the shootout a few years back between the Hells Angels and the Mongols. The weather was cool and it was a bit drizzly. This actually made it a nice day since last year was in the 90s. Check out the pictures in the left column.

This is also the weekend of the Desert Storm Boat Race here in Havasu, where over 170 of the hottest and biggest performance boats are in town. We will have to go check it out.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Boat day

As I was standing in my drive yesterday, a neighbor drove up and asked,” want to go boating today?” Well duh! Remember the picture of the snake in the water a few posts back?

We spotted one yesterday while out on the lake. It wasn’t a rattler though. The last couple of days have been great as far as weather goes. A lot of the snowbirds have gone home and are missing out on all the good weather. This morning it was a bit cooler and cloudy so I took advantage of it and washed the motorhome. That’s a big job. Someday I will get up enough energy to wax it. Yeah right, I have been saying that for a long time now. By noon the sun came out and turn out to be a really nice day.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Back in Havasu

We arrived back in Havasu this morning at about 11:00a. We got lucky heading to and from Phoenix since the wind was at our back in both directions. The winds were pretty strong but didn’t bother us much. The weekend was fun with lots of racing action. Susan was happy even though her driver didn’t win. It is always nice to visit with our daughter and her husband and their dog Reese. I have uploaded our Phoenix NASCAR photos to our photo site. You can see them by clicking on the thumbnail in the column at the left.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

We made it

We made it over to Goodyear Arizona today. It was a good drive. Seems every time we plan to go somewhere the wind comes up. Fortunately most of the wind was at our back today so it wasn’t too bad. Today was prep day. Susan was busy baking a bunch of goodies for the weekend and I did… well, nothing. Tomorrow we will head on over to the track to spend some time with out daughter.

Today was also a test day. I pulled the ABS fuse to disable the Anti Brake System in the motorhome before the trip. Everything was back to normal, No strange braking. Next step is to remove the ABS sensors, clean them, put the fuse back in, and road test it again. Un fortunately the next road test might be a while since I can’t just jump in and taker her for a ride.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

All ready

We are all ready to head on out of here tomorrow. It will take us 3 hours to travel over to Goodyear Arizona where we will park the motorhome. The RV Park we are staying in is about 13 miles from the track so it’s about a 20 minute drive. We have infield passes so we can drive right into the infield where our daughter’s motorhome is. The wind has come up around here as usual. It’s supposed to be windy tomorrow also but not as bad as today. Hopefully we will get out of here before it get too bad. I hate driving in the wind.

The drive tomorrow is going to also be a test. Since the last time I had my brakes worked on they have been doing some real strange things. I have been told it might be due to the Anti Lock Brake system so I pulled the ABS fuse to disable the system. If the problem goes away I will know for sure it is the ABS that is causing the problem. We will see tomorrow.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Getting read to roll

Tomorrow we will be getting ready to roll on over to Phoenix for the NASCAR race. We will be leaving here on Wednesday morning. Susan can’t wait. Since we are only going for the weekend we won’t have too much to prepare for. I am not even going to put anything away here at the resort.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Snakes in the water

No I did not take this photo. It is a photo that came out in the local paper here at Lake Havasu. Yes it is a rattlesnake that someone spotted in the lake. It is a rare site but does happen. It is that time of year that the snakes start showing up. This time of year they are heading for the streets to warm up. Once it gets hot around here they will be hiding under the creosote bushes to keep cool. Fortunately we haven’t come across one of these guys yet.