Thursday, October 30, 2014

On the Road Again to Rio Bend RV Park

Not much of anything has happened since I last wrote.  We spent a week at Emerald Cove RV park and did nothing fancy.  We drove to Lake Havasu City and to Quartzsite for lunch.  Those were both fun days.  We're spending our last night at Emerald Cove in Earp, CA which is just across the river from Parker, CA.  Or is it visa versa?  I can never remember but glad we're getting out of here because the time zones are really weird.

We're on our way to Rio Bend for the winter which is in El Centro, CA.  That's where we spent last winter as workampers.  Don't let that title scare's working our our site, electricity and vouchers, to boot.  The work is fun and easy and we love the people we work with, the people in the park and the management!  There's new management this year so maybe I shouldn't say that yet.

Zumba will start soon there; I'm hoping not till next week, but I'm ready to see all my wonderful friends and hope we can get  few more to try the class.

When we arrive, tomorrow, Halloween, there is a party but I'm not sure we'll be attending.  We're not into dressing up too much and we didn't even find any masks.  Besides it a potluck and I don't have time to make anything.  Guess I could always bring bread and butter.  LOL

Then on Saturday there's another dinner to welcome everyone to the park for this season.  I'm expecting there to be even more fun and more activities than last year.  Can't wait to get back to pickle-ball and ping pong with my friend Bob.  I know now that he had a hip replaced, he'll beat me every game but I still can't wait.

Well, I'll write more, I promise, as the days evolve at the park.  We are welcoming anyone that wants to come visit.  We know of a very nice RV park less than a mile away that has an affordable park model to rent;.

I hurt my hand about a month ago and it's not healing very fast.  The doctor said there's no break and their splints didn't fit me so I'm supposed to wrap it and not use it!  LOL  Can you see me not using my hand?  It's a good thing it's the left one.

Signing out.......everyone have a safe Halloween.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

KIVA RV Park, Tucumcari, NM

We found this park in the Passport America Book.  We spent two nights at this park for $40.  They are super friendly and love to have you come stay with them.  It's a clean park and we really enjoyed our stay.  It's truly historic route 66.

Welcome to the Historic Route 66 RV Park  
Please call (575) 461-1561 with any questions and or concerns.

This is taken from their website:

Historic route 66 rv park (575) 461-1561

Prices are subject to change.
We do all that we can to ensure that your stay here 
is a relaxing and enjoyable one, offering.....

30 amp and 50 amp full hook ups

  PULL-THROUGH SITES up to 60' plus
Plush Shade Trees
Centrally located, grassy area with picnic table, seating, 
BBQ grills, gas fire pit and gazebo area with fountain.
Restroom with shower, lounge area and mini kitchen
Coin-Op Laundry
Dog Run

Our Base Rate is $36 but we participate in
several discount clubs
so most RVers who stay with us
end up paying $20 per night.

Prices are subject to change.

Antiques & Curios - Art Space - Bluegrass Music - 
Bowling Alley
Dinosaur Museum - Historical Museum - Historic U.S. 
Route 66

  Watson's BBQ - Ostrich Ranch - Rodeos - 12 Shores and 

Double D RV Park Texola, OK

Double D RV Park in Texola, OK is a nice little Passport America park.  I think there was around 16 sites and they were full hook-ups.  Extra for 50am.  It has a real nice country feeling yet really open and close to the highway....40W.  It is a very nice and quiet park.  You don't hear the highway.  No clubhouse.  Just good for a stop-off after a long day on the road.

We were able to get our satellite, DirecTV, to work.  We paid $14 for the night getting 50amp.

Exit #1, I-140
Texola , Oklahoma - 73668
United States

Here you go:  this is taken from an RV park review site:
Amenities & Highlights:
16 total RV sites, 30/50 amp, can accommodate any RV lengths, all pull through spaces, gas & diesel, full hook-ups, fuel, laundry, 2 comfort stations, groceries, restaurant on premises. Located 7 miles from Erick, OK.

P.A. discount is valid for 2 nights. P.A. discount is not valid with any other discounts and is not valid during special events. Call for details. *30 Amp Rate: $24.00, P.A.: $12.00. 50 Amp Rate: $28.00, P.A.: $14.00.

Highways and Byways 44W into Branson, MO S65 out of Branson, MO

Going into Branson, MO on highway 44W, there are several large hills and but the road is smooth.   The scenery is beautiful.

Hwy 65S out of Branson  was smooth but hilly.  Hollister is a nice little town with some history.  Still hilly.

Takes you through Bill Clinton's home town.  Well, it's off the road.  Still 65S through the Ozark Mts. and still hilly.

We turned left on hwy 412 and went up a steep hill.  Narrow country roads and it was windy.

Treasure Lake RV Park Branson, MO

We spent one week at the Treasure Lake RV Park in Branson and took in about 6 shows.  What a week we had.  The park is close to just about everything!  We saw 6 shows and the park offers a discount on all the tickets.  There's lots to do in the Lodge and Club House.  I saw line dancing, couples dancing, movies, things for the kids, entertainment, they walk every morning and more.  They have a restaurant in the clubhouse serving a different menu every day.  

Treasure Lake is a Coast to Coast membership park and they DO sell memberships.  Call them at: 417.334.1040 ext 2

Excerpt taken from their Website.

"Seven restaurants are within walking distance:  Golden Corral, International House of Pancakes, Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel, The Olive Garden, Paradise Grill and Little Hacienda.  You may also walk to the Shoji Tabuchi Theater, Hamner Barber Theater, Pierce Arrow Theater, RFD Theater and the IMAX Theater, which is located at the entrance to Treasure Lake.  The IMAX complex houses a six-story movie screen, the Little Opry Theater, the Elite Cinema III, numerous shops, a food court and McFarlain's restaurant, where you can enjoy reasonably priced Ozark cooking.  The park is open 365 days a year, 366 on leap year.  If you arrive to the park after the Welcome Center closes, please proceed to the Guard House or use the phone by the front door (inside the glass vestibule) to contact Security and they will assist you."

Their website is:  Treasure Lake RV Resort, A Coast-to-Coast membership park.

Pin Oak Creek RV Park Villa Ridge, MO

While traveling from Nappanee, Indiana to Branson, MO, we stayed at the Pin Oak Creek RV Park in Villa Ridge MO.  On highway AT.

We only spent one night there but it was a very pleasant stay.  We paid $39.25 and had full hook-ups with 50 amp service.  They are a Passport America park.  It's realy close to St. Louis if you're interested in visiting that city and not far from Six Flags.

They claim to have room for groups and big rigs and there's plenty of trees for shade.  There's plenty of area for tent camping.

They have a camp store stocking camping necessities, ice, propane, RV parts, apparel and much, much more! And DVD rentals for the whole family!  Laundry room with 6 washers and 6 dryers.  They have a lake for fishing and you do not need a fishing license to do so.

For the kids, and big kids, too, they have paint ball! I saw a nice playground, too.  The bathrooms have hot showers and are really nice and clean.  There's WIFI which is Tengo Internet and there is a charge for that.

Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring.  They have a swimming pool, volley ball, putt-putt golf, video arcade, ping pong table and pool table and here's a link to some coupons to use at the park:  COUPONS

You really should check out the park if you like that wooded camping feeling of the days gone by when you DID camp in a tent or little trailer.  It's quite the park.

On The Road Again

The roof was finally worked on; all they had to do was spread or roll this thick coating from end to end on the roof and then it had to dry, of course.  We'll see what the hot AZ and So CA sun does to it and will meet the PJ and Megan at an Alfa rally in April to have them check it out.

The last night in Nappane, Ind we went to dinner with the Millers at Joe's Italian Restaurant in Mishawaka, Ind. Boy oh boy was that awesome food.  The best  Italian I've ever had; sorry MOM and Grandma.  We said our goodbyes after dinner.

The day we left was a cool 60 degrees at 9am.  Our first night was at Pin Oak Creek RV Park in Villa Ridge, MO.  On the way we went through a couple large cities with awful traffic.  It didn't help that it was Sunday; there was still bumper to bumper traffic on the interstate.  Both hwy 70 and 40 were really bad.  

I decided to get up to use the bathroom and as I was coming out, the car ahead of him decided to make a quick stop.  You don't stop quickly when you're driving one of these big rigs but he did a great job and didn't hit him.  BUT, I went flying towards the front and wound up on the floor.  I think I grabbed the shower towel bar on the outside of the shower door breaking that off, forcing the bathroom door to hyper extend and it opened way beyond it's limits.  I think on my way through that doorway, I slammed my left hand on the wall, hit my left him in a few places and wrenched my neck.  I had a sore nose, hit that someplace, a sore ear, two large bruised on my left thigh, a swelling left hand, and my neck!  OMG!  That hurt like a sun-of-a-gun.  It took me awhile to even get off the floor.  I couldn't get my wits about me.  Trying to figure out what happened and where I hurt.  I iced my hand and my neck immediately which really helped my neck.  My hand still swelled and turned black and blue and today it still hurts and is a little swollen.  It's been two weeks today.  Maybe I should have had it xrayed and maybe I still will.

We decided to skip Nashville, TN and New Orlelans and go to Branson, MO instead.  It was perfect weather and we really enjoyed a few shows.  We stayed at Treasure Lake RV Park which is nice and close to everything.  We saw 7 shows!  You may not know any of the entertainers but we sure enjoyed them.  Jim Owen, an old Country singer and song writer, Barbara Fairchild and her husband Roy Morris, Pierce Arrow a group that sang mostly country but did a variety, the play/ballet Marco Polo, the tribute to the Statler Brothers and SIX another singing group.  On Sunday, we went to Barbara Fairchild's church service and they sang more there.  What I great time we had.

Marco Polo Show
Tribute to the Statler Brothers

Left Branson on the 6th of October heading to Texola, OK and the Double D RV Park for one night.  Sunny and nice quiet park.  The next night we were in Tucumcari, NM.  I always wondered where Tucumcari was.  By this time, we had driven 1787 miles since Nappanee, INd and paid $546 for fuel.

We arrived at Bullhead City, AZ October 10 and are at Ridgeview RV Park.  It's been hot hot hot the upper 90s but we really don't mind.  So far all we've done is eat out at Taco Bell and picked up some groceries.  We'll be here for two weeks.
Rest Stop in Arizona
Arizona.....We never get clouds like this in Seattle

I've been catching up on my cleaning and working on some paper projects for fun.  I am practicing my routines for teaching Zumba at Rio Bend when we get there.  That should be by November 1st.

This was about 6:30 pm