Southern California for the Holidays Brrrrrrrrrr!!

Off to sunny SO CA to warm up – HA!

I couldn’t wait to get out of Fernley and down to SO CA for the holidays.  I will warm up for sure down there and enjoy all the nice sunshine.  I stopped in Beatty, NV again where it was a bit warmer then Fernley but not much.  Then headed straight to Orange County to visit family and friends.

I stayed a few days in a pull through site at O’Neill Park.  But then realized it was not a good site for either solar or WiFi so moved to a back-in site where everything is good.  Great solar and 4G Internet.  How could it get much better?  Well as it turns out it could be much better.  The weather was freezing.  It seemed like I was back in Fernley.  One night it rained on the valley floor but snowed in the Saddleback Mountains just a short distance away.

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Chica and I went over to my sister Bev’s home and spent the holidays with she and my brother-in-law Bob.  We had a great time and Chica was glad to see their dog Lando. They get along great and loved to run in the park.

Visited my Mom

Bev and I took Chica over to see my Mom one afternoon.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics.  We did go back another day to visit her without Chica and I got this clip of her.  She put on Bev’s glasses and was interested in going through her purse.  HA!  She is doing well but is very frail and doesn’t talk too much.  It sure was good to see her though.

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Chica visits Santa 

Bev and Bob have a cute Santa in his sleigh.  Chica fit in there perfectly and she was very content sitting on Santa’s lap.

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I’m sure she was wishing for lots of cookies and fun toys to play with.

Here Chica is with Lando.

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Plus a pic of Chica, Lando and my sister Bev.

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Heading to the beach

In a couple of days I will be heading to the beach.  I will spend a week at Doheny State Beach right on the ocean in Dana Point, CA.  I have always wanted to stay there but it was always crowded and hard to get a reservation.  It is supposed to warm up this week so looking forward to it.  More pics to come.

Soon on to Quartzsite

I usually get to Quartzsite, AZ around the 4th of Jan.  This year I will be a bit late.  I intend to arrive in Q on the 14th just in time for the show.  I will be camping at Rogers 1/2 acre as I have done in the past.  I hope to catch up with a lot of my friends when there.  If you are heading there be sure to stop in and see us.  It is a blast.

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It’s all over but the warming!

Released from Amazon

My release date from Amazon was Wed 12/18.  I was going to slack off my last day but I wound up having a great day.  I had a better percentage of items stowed then normal.  I also talked to a lot of the campers who were leaving on the same day and some that were scheduled to leave later.  Many of us are going to Quartzsite in January and we are making plans to meet up there.  I can’t wait.  I probably met more fun people this year then any of the last two years.  Aside from the hard work and the COOOOOLD weather I really enjoyed this year more then any other.

Change in weather

I figured that I would take Thursday to get organized and ready to hit the road on Friday.  However this is what I awoke to on Thursday morning.

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There wasn’t a lot of snow but just enough to make you slip and slide if you weren’t careful.  I spent the day getting stuff organized inside my rig.  Even though it snowed the temps were much warmer and by the end of the day a lot of the snow had melted.

I also had running water.  HURRAY!  Last night while watching TV I could hear the bathroom sink gurgling.  Chica was going crazy barking at the gurgling noise.  She didn’t know what it was.  The sink trap had busted loose and I was finally getting drainage.  HURRAY #2!

Great driving weather

I packed everything up, payed my final electric bill at Desert Rose RV park, hooked up the Sami and I was off into the wilderness.  It was such a GREAT FEELING to get back on the road.  I love the feeling when I am back behind the wheel!  Chica curled up in my lap as she always does when we are on the road.

I stopped in Hawthorne at the McDonald’s to give Chica a break but never stopped again except for gas.  I finally pulled into one of my favorite RV parks at Beatty RV Park.  I don’t know what it is about this park but I usually stop here at least twice a year.  The folks here are  very friendly and remembered me for the last time I was here ion October just before heading to Fernly.

California Gold (or should I say heat)

Tomorrow I will get up early and head into California where I know the temps are about 70.  (Eat your heart out Fernley!)  I will be seing my sister and a lot of good friends on Sunday.  Chica will also be happy that she can get out and run in the grass.

Glad it is OVER!

It was great having an opportunity to earn a lot of extra money to keep myself on the road.  But it sure is great that the time at Amazon finally came to an end.  The job is not exactly easy and the weather SUCKS but the money is good.  I am glad it has finally come to an end and now I am BACK ON THE ROAD!

I HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU IN Q!

 

Arrived in Fernley

My route to Fernley

I left Albuquerque on Sunday and traveled to the Meteor Crater RV Park just outside of Winslow, AZ.  It is a nice park and offers a 15% discount to Escapees.  I stayed here back in 2010 on my way to my first Balloon Fiesta.

From there I drove to Bullhead City, AZ where I spent 2 nights with my brother-in-law’s twin brother.  The weather was much warmer there then in Albuquerque with temps getting into the 80’s.

On Wednesday I drove to the Beatty RV Park in Beatty, AZ.  I always stay there at least once a year either coming or going from my winter job in Fernley, NV.

On to Fernley

Then on Thursday made the 288 mile drive up highway 95 to the Desert Rose RV Park in Fernley, NV.  This will be home for Chica and I for the next 2+ months.  The weather was very nice during the day with temps in the low 70’s.  However it is colder at night with temps in the low 30’s.

Parked in my old space from last year

Last year I reserved my old space #140.  It is close to the office and in the front of the park.  Shannon greeted me as I drove in.  She is in the same space as last year right next to me.  Rodger also came over to say Hi and told me how things are going thus far.

Requested to be a picker but got stower instead

I had requested on my Amazon application that I wanted to be a picker.  Instead this year I will be a stower.  The stower puts all the merchandise on the shelves.  I am hearing good things about this job and it will be much less walking then the picker job I had last year (12-14 miles per day).  Already I am glad they gave me this job and I haven’t even started.

My first day will be tomorrow when I have orientation.  I will have the same work days as last year – Sunday through Wednesday with Thursday, Friday and Saturday off until the peak season hits.

Lots of honey dos today

I have lots of things to take care of today including a nice long shower, lots of laundry, set up Drs. appointments for renewing my prescriptions, empty out my car, hook up 20 gallon propane tanked supplied by the park, etc.  So I will be busy.

I will try to take some pics and get them in my next post of the surrounding area.

 

Lazy Daze are one TOUGH rig!!

After spending the holidays with my family, I flew back to Reno on 1/2.  I had left my rig at the airport just like I did last year.  Only problem was that the weather this year was much harsher then last year.  When I got to the rig I noticed that the heater was not running.  I had set it on a low temp (about 55) to keep the rig warm inside.  I checked the lights and none of them worked as well.  My house batteries were completely dead.  BUMMER!!!

The truck battery was OK so I started it and drove the 2 miles to the Reno RV Park where I was able to hook up to their electricity.  I also noticed that my propane tank was empty so I had that filled up.  Now I had both electricity and heat.  I turned on the water pump for just a second to see if it was working but heard nothing so switched it off immediately.

None of my SeaLevel gauges worked so I couldn’t check any levels.  I basically had to thaw out everything to get it working.  The problem was it was late in the day and I had a doctor’s appointment in the morning.  So I turned on the heater to 70 and left it running all night.  By the way the temperature got down to 6 degrees in Reno that night.

In the morning, the gauges were still not working.  I headed out to the doctor and took care of that and then stopped by Jiffy Lube and had the truck serviced before I left Reno.  Then I was on the road to warmer temperatures.  I made it to Beatty, NV which is about 100 miles north of Las Vegas.  The camp host said it was only going down to 20 degrees.  Much warmer then Reno, but still not warm enough for me.

When I got up the following day I checked the gauges and sure enough everything was working as it should.  My levels even read the same as they did when I left Fernley way back on 12/24.  I couldn’t believe it.  I turned on the water pump and it even worked as it should.  AMAZING!!!!

My Lazy Daze is one tough rig to have survived that cold.  I had been following the weather in Reno while I was in Southern CA and I noticed that it snowed and the temps never got above 30.  I think two things happened while I was away.  The first was that I ran out of propane.  My tank only holds 7 gallons and I had it filled before I left.  Because it was so cold it used it all up.  Second, it snowed and the snow covered my solar panels.  It was so cold that even during the day the snow would not melt so the panels could not recharge the house batteries .  Since the heater was running to try and keep the temp at 55 it ran down the batteries.

I left Beatty, NV and headed 211 miles to Bullhead City, AZ where I will stay a couple of days with my brother-in-laws brother.  It will give me a chance to get organized and stocked up for my trip to Quartzsite.  It only got down to 30 here so it feels warm compared to Reno.  I can’t wait to get to Quartzsite.

Back on the road again!!

Love to be back on the road

I finally got back on the road again and it feels SO GOOD!!!!!  I left Reno and drove to Beatty RV Park just outside of Beatty, NV on Highway 95.  These pics shows the road and surrounding desert.

What a bathroom!

I had stayed here last year but did not use the bathroom facilities.  If you are here be sure to check the bathrooms out.  They will blow your mind.  This is what the bathrooms look from the outside.

Nothing spectacular.  But it will blow your mind when you open the door.  It is like bathing in a 5 star Las Vegas penthouse.  The shower is floor to ceiling marble.  Very impressive!!

The BREEZE feels good!

My rig felt right at home and was glad to be back on the road as you can tell from this pic.

Great Breakfast.

I only spent one night there.  I got up the next morning and fixed myself a great bacon and eggs breakfast and then headed out.  It was so great being back on the road.  I have been in one spot in Fernley, NV for so long and it is a wonderful feeling to be traveling again.

Visiting family and then on to Quartzsite

I am now headed to visit a family member in Bullhead City, AZ and then I will head to Quartzsite where I will catch up with many friends who will be staying there.  I will also get to enjoy the RV Show in the big tent that they put on every year.

It may be a couple of days until I post again, but I will keep you updated on my adventures in Quartzsite and what is happening at the RV Show.