Thursday, March 2, 2017

Winter 2017 in Orange Beach, AL

After checking the winter long range forecast, we decided to try the Gulf Coast for our winter. We chose Orange Beach, Alabama after we got a gig at Buena Vista Coastal Motorcoach Resort. This is a very nice resort, but for me it did not meet my expectations. I won't go into detail yet about our experience. The sites are very nice and we were assigned site 102 which is next to the beautiful pool that has a lazy river attraction, water slide, and waterfalls.

One of the benefits of coming here was being close to friends who are currently in the Florida area. We got to make a couple of two hour trips to Destin and then to DeFuniak Springs for visits to them at different RV resorts.

One of the highlights of this visit was participating in the Mardi Gras parade at Orange Beach. The resort had entered a float in the parade and us workampers had a blast throwing beads, candy, and balls to thousands of smiling faces.

                        Kathy and fellow worker, Vickie enjoying a ride on the Mardi Gras float.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Day Drive To Bristol

The fun part of our nomad lifestyle is being able to decide on a moments notice what we want to do. We saw an ad with the little Geico gecko standing in Bristol over the state line marker of Tennessee and Virginia and said I want to do that! It was only 1 1/2 hours away so a good day trip.

We stopped for lunch in the cute town of Morristown. The downtown area was like taking a trip back in time. It was interesting how it was set up for 2 levels. We checked Trip Advisor for recommendations for a local restaurant and found The Dutchman. I enjoyed a Rueben sandwich and fries while Bruce had the French Dip and baked potato. We had a good laugh over their bathrooms. We never figured it out but Bruce walked in on a lady...

Very nice scenic drive, found the downtown area and a place to park. Nice to have our little Honda instead of the F250 in places like this. There's not that much here but did find Uncle Sams. I thought in was a general store but it is a pawn shop, oh well, talked with a nice clerk about the geeko commercial and off we go to stand in the middle of the street for our photo ops.

                                         Straddling the state lines of Tennessee and Virginia in Bristol!

We strolled down the street, laughing how we'd cross the state line several times. Decided we could us a snack and a beer so went into Quaker Steak. They would not let me bring my tea in say "people try sneaking in alcohol" Really? It's that big of a deal that on a hot day they won't let me keep my tea or even offer to replace it when we leave? I will not give an establishment my money that has that kind of customer service!

Again, looked up Trip Adviser for another place to go. Cootie Brown's they say, so off we go! What a wonderful choice!! Hot wings and ice cold beer at happy hour. A great server, Jimmy, took wonderful care of us.

When in Bristol you have to go by the speedway so next stop on our way out.

What a wonderfully fun spur of the moment day!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Windshield Shade Project

After getting a couple of very expensive price quotes for a windshield shade, we decided to tackle it ourselves. We bought some "Coolaroo" shade fabric and some "EZ Snaps". The fabric was ordered from ebay because we could get it quicker than from Lowes. the EZ Snaps are a Canadian company.
Our last price was quoted at over $600 but that was for the windshield and the two side cockpit windows. We have right at $50 in our windshield. The "Coolaroo" was a 6' X 15' roll for about $18.

First, we attached the base for the EZ Snaps. We chose the ones with the adhesive backing instead of the ones with screws for the body.

Then we just cut the fabric to the approximate size of the windshield and attached it to the posts on the EZ Snaps.

It may not be quite as form fitting as those real expensive ones, but we think it turned out nice. Now we will see if we notice the drastic reduction in heat coming through the windshield like we hope we do. Looks pretty nice if we may say so ourselves!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Roaring Forks Motor Nature Trail - Gatlinburg, TN

What a beautiful day for a drive on the Roaring Forks Motor Nature Trail! This is the road going into the park. Once you enter the park, the road is a one way, one lane road. A beautiful, relaxing drive to see mother nature at her finest!
 I just took a quick shot of this cabin as we drove by it. I think it was the Ogle cabin but I'm not sure. We already want to go back and do some more exploring and this will be one of the stops next time.
There are several pull outs along the road to be able to stop and enjoy the scenery.

We stopped at the Bales Place to stretch our legs and get a small glimpse of what life was like in the early 1900's.

So sad the vandalism but loved the 3 doors lining up. I'm sure this helped with ventilation during the warm summer months.

I thought the fences on this property were so interesting. It helped with the visualization of life back then. To picture kids running along the fence. Chickens out in the yard. Cows mooing from the barn. Such a simple, yet hard life.

 The babbling brook that created such a sound throughout the yard and even up to the cabin.
One of the roadside waterfalls. I appreciate the fact that our government has preserved this wonderful area!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Oklahoma to Tennessee for the Summer

We secured a workamping position at the beautiful Two Rivers RV Resort in Sevierville, TN for the summer. We left Oklahoma City on April 6th and drove to Little Rock, AR. We booked a two night stay at Downtown Riverside RV Park in North Little Rock. It was an okay park on the banks of the Arkansas River but it did have nice views of downtown Little Rock and some bridges. Our site had a nice view of the skyline and the river.

The park is not fancy but it is clean and in a good location. We would stay here again when in the area.

We then made it to Parker's Crossroads RV Park in Tennessee. This was our second stay here and we like it just fine for a overnighter. Friendly staff, decent rates, level concrete sites, and a clean park with easy access from I-40.
The last stop is Two Rivers Landing RV Resort and what a nice place this is! Smaller park with 55 beautifully landscaped sites. The park is on the banks of the French Broad River and the river front sites are for Class A motorhomes and some Super C motorhomes. The second row has a nice river view and does allow 5th wheels and travel trailers.
There is much to do and see here in the Smokey Mountains region, so we are looking forward to a great summer.

We are in site 28 and it is very nice.

 Our swimming pool that borders the river.

A view down riverfront motorhome row.

Visiting Family In Oklahoma

We left our winter home in Tucson, AZ in early March and headed for Oklahoma. We stopped in Truth or Consequences, NM for a two day visit at Elephant Butte State Park. The park was fairly nice and we got a lake view site which was nice.

We found  Riverbend Hot Springs Resort and Spa and booked a hot spring session two times, one day time and one night time under the stars. This is a very nice spa that overlooks the Rio Grande River. You have a choice of a public or private spa, and we chose the private spa for privacy and relaxation.

The patio waiting area.

We then headed to Lawton, Oklahoma to spend some time with family prior to heading to Sevierville, TN for our summer workamping gig at Two Rivers Landing RV Resort.
We parked the motorcoach at our daughter's home and actually poured a gravel pad, and then used landscape timbers as a border. We used only enough electricity to keep the batteries charged since there is no 50 amp hookup and we have our own bedroom in their house.

 Our next project is to add hookups so we can stay in the coach when we visit. 50 amp electricity is a must! Water and sewer is already near, so we should be okay. After about a one month visit, we headed east to Tennessee!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Replaced Shelf with Slide Out. Love, Love, Love It!

Another inconvenience we had was the cabinet under the stove. Here we stored pots and pans but we had to get down on our hands and knees to retrieve whatever we needed for cooking. Seems like much of the time what we needed was way in the back.
We went back to Lowe's and purchased Rev-A-Shelf, a double shelf that has sliding trays. It seems to be of great quality and it was not hard to install. I did have to remove the one permanent shelf in the original cabinet, but it was not a big deal. Basic hand tools and a cordless drill made it pretty simple. A short time later we ended up with the project completed and it is so much easier to slide the shelf out and retrieve whatever you need. Happy Camping!

Now with the drawers extended.

Loaded with our pots and pans and it works great!