Working and visitors

For the first five years of our full-time RV life, we only worked from mid-May to the end of December.  We spent January thru March just hanging out in Florida, but I would get bored by March.  I need to have something structured to do with my time.  This is the first year we will be working all the way thru mid-April, at Westwind RV and Golf Resort.   (yes I know, “poor us” having to stay in one place for six full months!)

Our current job is a good test to see how this longer winter job will work out for us, from both a financial standpoint, and on my “boredom” meter.  We probably won’t decide until the end of March what we will do next winter.  We really want to give this a good try, and see how everything goes.  Ideally, it would be nice to find shorter term jobs, and be able to travel more.

Work in the office/registration has definitely picked up.  January was very busy, and February has been crazy as well, as this is the peak of the snow bird season.  March is when we start taking reservations for next season, so we don’t anticipate much of a slowdown at work until early April.  Dan has been busy on the golf course, and enjoys cutting the fairways, and rolling the greens.

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But once again we have been faced with the sad reality of life.  Monday we noticed an ambulance down the street from us, in front of the motorhome of the work camper that works opposite days of Dan on the golf course.  His wife had a heart attack, and passed away.  We spent some time with him yesterday, and he told us they should have started RVing earlier in life.  We hear that all the time.  Don’t wait on your dreams, whatever they are.

We did have some visitors this past month, which we always enjoy (our door is always open!)  As Makena posted in her blog, Dan’s parents were able to visit for a couple of weeks.  They were able to golf a few rounds on the par 3 course here in the park that Dan works on, as well as participate in many other activities that go on every day in the park.  They had a great time, and we were happy that they were able to make it out to Yuma for a visit.

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Our friends Joan and Steve stopped in as well.  They volunteer at the Lake Mead Recreation Area in Nevada.  Due to the government shutdown, they were not able to work, so they drove down for a visit.  We learned some new card games, and talked about future work camping and volunteer jobs. We also got together with Henry and Terry, that work in the pro shop here.  All six of us worked together at Crazy Horse Memorial, so it was nice reminiscing about that summer.

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Joan, Jonell, Dan, Terry, Henry and Steve

Friends from Wisconsin, Dean and Jeannie texted us that they were passing through Arizona on their way to California for a volunteer work camping job, so we had a quick breakfast visit.   They spend the winters traveling in their Airstream, and summers back in Wisconsin.  It’s probably been five years since we have seen them, and it was great catching up with their adventures.img_2333

While Dan’s parents were visiting, Dan’s cousin Dave and his wife, Dee, stopped by as well.  They are over-the-road truck drivers, and were in Yuma to pick up a load.  It was a quick hello, as they had three days to get to Georgia.

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The big Quartzsite RV show took place at the end of January, and we drove up to check it out.  It was basically a giant flea market, but we did meet up with Terry and Wendy for lunch.  And as you can see, it was cold out in the desert!

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Our park has a concert series where they bring in tribute bands, and we have attended several of the concerts.  Some good, some okay.  Dan’s parents were able to see ‘December of 63,’ a tribute to Franki Vali.  It was an excellent show, and Dan’s mom was able to meet the band!

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And then there was the very energetic ABBA tribute band…

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Quote for the Day:  “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” – Marcus Aurelius

8 thoughts on “Working and visitors

  1. Do they ever let just one of the couple work? My hubby can’t work anymore, but I would maybe enjoy a winter working in a couple years. Crazy horse is where we met you and got started in our planning! Hubby got cancer and is in remission, however his neuropathy too bad to be on feet. We’re blessed we spent those 27 days on our honeymoon exploring. We’ll still live in rv and travel, just no hiking.

  2. Hope all is well in Yuma fellow cheeseheads. We are workcamping up in Mesa at a large rv resort which sounds similar to yours. Hoping to hear how you like your experience. We work at the bar and grill in food service here. Looking forward to some Brewers games! Coming up for one? Would be great to meet up!

    • Julie

      What park are you working at? We may go to Phoenix for a quick day trip. But we plan on staying in AZ for 2 weeks after we finish 4/15, and do more exploring of the state. Will you still be in the Mesa area? We would love to get together.

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      • We are working and living in Val Vista Village but will be moving to Mesa Village next Friday. Still working at Val Vista until probably 4/15 and then we will leave for Cottonwood May y 1st. Yes, let’s try and get together!! You can email me at gramolls@yahoo.com if that works best and we can put something together!

  3. Good to hear from you, and sorry about the passing of your friend. We, too, had news of an RV friend who passed away last month after battling multiple myeloma for a few years. His wife, Sherry, has always told us she wished they had started sooner. I am glad we all did.

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