Wow, so much has happened since I last posted. We sold our sticks and bricks in November of 2017 and left Aurora Colorado for our first Workamper gig at mountain spirits RV park in Mimbres NM. Signed up for 3 months and stayed 6. Really loved the park and people. Went to Texas and have worked in management in 3 parks up to date.
came to Houston metro area because MK was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic cancer and some of the greatest oncologists are in this area. Found a Doc in Huntsville and after a year of treatment and a gene specific drug, she is cancer free!
all during this time we were able to keep working at RV parks, all in the Conroe area of east Texas: leisurelanerv, woodland lakes, and now Forest Retreat.
working in all four parks becomes a tale of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. More about that next time
Safe Travels, keep it between the lines and out of the ditch. /:-)
This is our 2013 Heartland Wilderness
Here we are at Sugarloafin campground in Leadville Colorado, elevation 10000+feet, near Sugarloaf mountain, hence the name they selected. Its also near Turquoise Lake, and Twin Lakes which are great fishing lakes.
We've camped many times at Sugarloafin, its a really nice Family owned camp.
There is a small camp store, clubhouse, and propane refill site. All sites have full hookups, some have concrete pads for picnic tables, and fire rings. In the summer they have an all you can eat ice cream social for 2 bucks a head. You do have to bring your own bowl and spoon. You can find our more on their website - www.Sugarloafin.com.
We like this camp mainly for the peaceful atmosphere but also very much because its just about a mile from Historic Leadville, Colorado. Buildings from the 1800"s, one of the oldest continuously open Bars in the State. There are some really good Museums, old silver mines and tours, a train ride into the high places which used to carry silver down to the city for shipment to faraway places. Oh, and lets not forget all the great places to eat and shop. Can't go anywhere without eating and shopping, right?
Like I said, check out the camp website. No, I don't get any commission.
Like I said in my last blog, we found the trailer floor plan that we feel will meet out needs when we go full time. As it turns out, its not a Bunk house plan, but it has the space for our Crafts and plenty of living room for the pups and us. Its 36 feet long, has three slideouts, a spacious bedroom, U shape dinning area, a sofa, and two rocking, padded, easy chairs. There's a large screen TV that goes up or down in a cabinet at the push of a button. Of coarse you will find that most late model RVs come with build in TVs and audio center.
We were fortunate in that we saw this trailer on our favorite dealer's website. Its a 2013 Heartland Wilderness 3175 RE. Some folks had traded for a big Diesel Pusher and it was on the lot for only two days. Someone else had looked and liked it but didn't want to make a down payment until they brought Father to give approval. Well like I said before, we looked at a LOT of trailers and this one felt right so we made the down payment and did all the paperwork. We went back out to look at it some more and while we were inside, the previous party showed up with Father but it was too late. They were not real happy.
In our sales rep's cube was a sign that said, "Don't let someone else drive off with your trailer because you hesitated to make the down payment." Something to remember when you go shopping for your RV. If you have a change of heart, most places will refund your down payment.
If I didn't say so before, our favorite dealer is Four Seasons in the Denver Metro area. You can check them out at www.rvfourseasons.com. no, I don't get a commission.
Next time I'll post some more pics along with the floor plan. Gotta figure our how to get them from my phone into my blog. Where's my Millennial Daughter? Be sure to check out the sidebar, that RV button will take you right to Amazon. Yes, I might get a commission.
Until next time Keep on Dreaming.
You know when you have that dream and you start waking up and the dream starts to get fuzzy or breaking up and you try to go back to sleep but the dream just won't pick up where it left off? Well, that's kind of what's happened since our last post. Oh, we're still headed down that winding road, but we've had a few detours. That ever happen to you? You know what I mean, right?
MK was out in my MINI cooper one day and while stopped at a red light, a man in a Big Dodge Ram did just that, rammed into her, pushing her into the SUV in front of her. You know, whiplash, bruises, glass in her hair; police insisted she take ambulance to emergency room. She did; nothing broken but 90 days of physical therapy. Oh yeah, MINI was totaled. Dealing with third party insurance is a nightmare, not a sweet dream. Make sure you have coverage on your RV and other vehicles with a "Reputable" insurance company.
We got a lawyer (FDAzar.com) and we learned that Personal injury lawyers don't handle vehicle claims. Had to do that on our own; not a sweet dream.
Well, we were still able to keep looking for our Dream Travel Trailer and we were looking at "Bunkhouse" floor plans. And as I said before, there are a lot of them out there and by some great manufacturers. Just to name a few, (I have no connection to any of these) Mesa Ridge, Prime time, Winnebago,Keystone, Forest River, Heartland, and many others. You can google any of these and find out about their products.
As we looked, we found the Bunk House bunks had many different configurations. Some had bunks on one side with no slideout, some had bunks on both sides with both slideouts, some had three bunks with one slide out and the other over an outside kitchen. We favored the double bunks with double slideouts but Surprise, they were out of our price range.
Price range is a real consideration when trying to find a floor plan you like and will feel comfortable in.
Ah, but we did find a floor plan that we like and that we feel will work for us. Its made by Heartland, and I'll tell you about it in the next Blog.
By the way, that RV thinks you want in the sidebar will take you right to Amazon and RV stuff. Check it out. Also we have a new Facebook page -Make a new plan stan@makeanewplanstan. Check that out too and give us a like.
Till next time Keep on dreaming.
This is our 2015 Cherokee Wolf Pup, our most recent travel trailer. Prior to this we had a 2003 Splash, a 26 footer. Before that we had numerous Pop up campers, and yes we even did the tent thing. We've been in all the states except New England, Oregon, and Washington.
Early on in the late 70's when I was in the Home building business making pretty good money I had a dream. I was going to own the Largest Blue Bird RV on the road, and I was going to have a Driver/Butler and a Maid/cook. Well, surprise, here came one of those "downturns" in home building. There went the business, there went the money, there went the dream. Well, at least the dream was put on hold. Until now, that is.
We are both retired now and the time seems right. We started making plans in November 2015. First we had to decide on what kind of Travel trailer we want. We are both craft people and we want space in the trailer to make our things. I do leather work, wood carving, oil painting, and jewelry making. MK does jewelry, sewing, crocheting, and wedding veils. We figured we couldn't do that at the dining table. So our first thought was "Toy Hauler", they have large rooms mostly in the back of the trailer separate from the living area. We looked at a lot of Toy Haulers and then one day a salesman asked what we were really going to do in that space. Told him about our crafts. Surprise, He said maybe we should be looking at "Bunk House" trailers.
The man, Rick was his name, pointed out the extra weight that is required in the rear of toy haulers to carry the extra weight of the "Toys", which is not required in the Bunk House trailers, and, the bunks could be removed and we would have room for all our crafting equipment.
We've looked at a lot of shows and dealerships for Bunk House trailers. Surprise, many have the name Bunk House, however, there are more floor plans with bunks than Dodge has Rams.
Well, we found the plan that fits our plan. More on this in our next post.
My window on the world
My window faces north,the artist's favorite.
We love north light. Out my window I see pine trees, spruce trees,aspen trees,
and asphalt and ranch houses. Yea I live in a working class neighborhood. Ah,
but I see light. The light of labor, the light of politics, the light of
religion,the light of caring, the light of humanity,the light of love. I see
things that would dim those lights and I see things that brighten those lights.
Some of those lights can be captured on canvas others can be captured on the canvas of the mind.
Today I saw the light of Snow-3-5 inches. Its a beautiful sight because we need the moisture desperately.