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, November 12, 2013

OK a new post

The comment on the last post requested an update.  Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, I really have no excuse.  Anyway here goes.
After posting about no rain we finally got it.  We REALLY got it!  We only got 2 rainstorms this season but I think we met our average rainfall totals.  I was sitting on my patio watching the rain just hammering California across the lake when I noticed it was getting darker over us.  It was raining so hard I could hear the rain fall even before it got to us.  It was either a wide band of rain or it stalled over us because it came down hard for close to an hour.  The walking path in our common area got so washed out that it took 10,000 pounds of fill to repair.  That was a lot of work but the manager and I repaired it.  We also had 3 trees blow over this year and we replaced those too.  This summer was so hot for so long that we didn’t want to do any trimming of the plants for fear of damaging them.  So when the heat let up we had a lot of work to do.  We worked all day, every day, for over a week trimming over 500 palms and probably twice as many plants and other trees.  The place sure looked nice for our snowbirds to arrive for the winter season.
Halloween was a blast here.  We had a golf cart parade where we decorated the carts and drove through the park trick-or-treating.  We drove by as the watchers tossed candy at us.  After the parade it was party time.
Well the park is filling up now.  The Snowbirds are pulling in at the rate of a couple a day.  Looks like we lost about 5 lot owners over the summer from cancer and heart attacks.  I think this is the most we have lost in one summer.
My plan to work semi fulltime during the summer and very little during the winter didn’t work out this year.  We didn’t get the Workcampers we usually do for the winter so the managers asked if I would work my summer schedule of 20 hours a week through the winter.  Actually they wanted me to work fulltime but I refused.  I think I can keep up with all the maintenance on a part time basis.  If not the managers said they would hire me a helper from town.  Hell, I am supposed to be retired!  Not only that but I have become somewhat of a handyman around here.  Since I keep a high profile working here everyone knows me and knows I can do just about anything.  So whenever there is something broken they bring it to me.  I have even been hired by some of the lot owners to cleanup their lots for them.  What the heck, it’s extra mad money.  The problem is, sometimes it hard to find time to do my own chores.  I still find time for the cocktail parties just about every night though.
In October the Lucas Oil Drag Boats came to Lake Havasu.  What a kick that was.  It was the same weekend as the Finals for the World Jet Boat Completion.  I intended to spend half a day at the Drag boats then head on over to the other side of the island for the Jet Skis but never made to the Jet Skis.  I spent the whole day watching the 250+ MPH Top Fuel drag boats along with about 15 other categories of boats race.  I even had access to the pits and watched them getting their boats ready for their runs.  It was interesting to talk with some of the crews and learn more about the ins and outs of the sport.  Friday evening they all lined up on Main Street and at dusk they fires them up.  Lots of noise and flames shooting from the headers and the burning eyes from the nitro methane fuels.

October was also the month of the annual classic car show.  This is the largest collection of classis cars and hot rods from all over the country and some from Canada.  There were over 750 cars not including the more than one hundred cars from our local car clubs.  Some nice cars!
Oh I forgot to mention, one of the lots I cleaned up here is owned by the father of Susan’s favorite NASCR drivers Jimmie Johnson’s jet pilot.  He just came back from the race in Phoenix and said he tried to get her Jimmie’s autograph but didn’t get the chance, as if Susan doesn’t already have a few autographs.
Anyway, that’s the update for now.  There has been a lot more going on here in Havasu and a lot more coming.  I will try to keep you posted.