A busy start to the new year

Happy belated New Year and New Decade!!

You would think with working just two days a week, we would be living the life of leisure, and having a lot of free time on our hands, but we have just been busy, busy, busy.  This is turning out to a year of change for us, and it has been both exciting and stressful.  So let’s get caught up…

On Christmas Eve, we picked Dan’s parents up at the Mesa Airport, about a three hour drive from Yuma.  Dan’s brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Julia, rented a house in Tempe, Arizona, for the week of Christmas.  Their three daughters were also able to fly in for Christmas.  It was nice to spend the holidays with family!  Thank you Gary and Julia for inviting us over for Christmas, as well as the matching “Minnesota Go Jump in the Lake” t-shirts that we all received!

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On New Year’s Eve, we drove Dan’s parents, Joan and Stu, back with us to Westwind RV and Golf Resort in Yuma, as they were able to rent a park model for the month of January.  We didn’t have to worry too much about them, as they had a busy month of activities, with golf, dances, block parties, and cards.  We enjoyed spending time with them, during their “free” time!

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Fridays and Saturdays have been busy with work, as well as volunteering at the Friday night dances, and attending the Saturday night concerts in the ballroom with Tom, Ellen and Bob.  Dan and I are both involved in several golf leagues on our off days.  I have played more golf in the last three months, then I have in ten years.  We sell tickets for the 50/50 raffle at the dances, to raise money for Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.  Last year they raised close to $5000 from the raffle, and this year we should exceed $5,000.00.  Here we are with Henry and Terry, the Golf Shop Managers (and former co-workers of ours at Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota).

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We have seen several excellent concerts, including a tribute to John Denver (which my sister LuAnn would have loved)…

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as well as an excellent tribute to Linda Ronstadt.

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We did manage a few trips up to Quartzsite, one for the annual RV show, and another to meet up with friends Wendy and Terry (met them work camping at Luton’s Teton Cabins).  And Wendy and I managed to find another “big chair” to sit in.

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Today we had a ‘Mardi Gras’ parade in the park.  We decorated one golf cart, to represent the golf course.  Since we were in the parade, I only have a few pictures from the staging area of some of the other decorated carts.  In addition to candy, we threw (gently) golf balls to crowd gathered in the park to watch all the decorated golf carts.  Here we are, ready to go!

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Some of the other floats…

CHANGE IS COMING!

As I have previously mentioned, we will not be working this summer (our first time in 6 years). We will spend the entire summer in Alaska traveling with friends Karen and Al, as well as two other couples (one of which we just met this week in Yuma).

We have spent the past month or two seriously looking at various RV’s, as we don’t plan on taking our 5th wheel to Alaska.  We have looked, and talked with dealers in Oregon, Michigan, Las Vegas and several in Arizona, regarding Class A’s, Class C/B’s and truck campers.  Ultimately, we decided to go with our original plan of getting a truck camper. It will make it easier for us to get into many of the smaller campgrounds, allow us to boondock (camping without hookups) more often, and make us much more mobile.

This year, Westwind RV enforced the rule of no truck campers allowed in the park.  So we spoke with management regarding our plans of picking up our camper in March.  They advised that we would not be allowed to stay in the park.  Our friends Dave and Marilyn, who have a house in Yuma with a 30 amp hook-up, were kind enough to allow us to park at their place, for the month of March, and then we would leave.  We told our managers in the golf shop that we would only work through the end of March, and skip the two weekends in April that we were scheduled to work.  We had also advised them that we would not return next year, as we would not be allowed to stay in this park with a truck camper.  And, we did not want to rush to purchase something else after our Alaska trip.  They were fine with all of this.

Well, three days after we got all the details squared away with everyone, the corporate owner of Westwind (he owns several RV and mobile home parks), fired the managers here.  And the next day, among many rule changes, they changed the rule regarding truck campers.  Any type of RV is now welcome at Westwind RV.

So now we can stay at the park and finish out our commitment for this season.  Our last day will be April 11.  We are still leaning towards not coming back next year, as we need to see what happens with all these management and rule changes.

We have been super busy going through our 5th wheel and making piles of “stuff going to Alaska” and “stuff to keep, but not going to Alaska.”  Downsizing from 400 square feet to 80 square feet has been challenging, and a bit overwhelming.  Sometimes I just have to sit down and stare at all of our crap…I mean stuff!  Fortunately, Dave and Marilyn will let us store some stuff at their house.  They are such wonderful friends!  (we promise that someday we will return and pick it up!).  Of course we still have stuff at my sister Margie’s, brother Brian’s, and Dan’s parents to sort through as well…someday!

Here’s a quick peak at what we have put an offer on, and will pick up next month.  A 2008 Host Truck Camper.  Once we pick it up, I will have a blog with more pictures, as well as an update on the downsizing!

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We hope all is well with everyone!  Until next time!

Quote of the Day:  “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

 

 

 

11 thoughts on “A busy start to the new year

  1. WOW big changes for sure, but exciting at the same time. What are you plans for your 5th wheel?
    Enjoy this beautiful weather we are experiencing here in Yuma, we are out in the Foothills for the season.

  2. So great hearing about your lives, work and travels. Seems like forever since we have seen each other. If you ever get back to South Dakota in the summer or TX the rest of the year please look us up. Safe travels.

    • Iris

      We miss seeing you and George! We are thinking with a truck camper, we can be more mobile, and travel more. But we need to try it out for the summer first!

      Take care

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    • Laurie

      You and George have certainly been busy! Lots of exciting changes for you. We have California on our list, and hope we can get together someday. Take care

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  3. Keep an eye out for us! We met you guys 6 years ago on our honeymoon at crazy horse. We sold our house and are hitting the road in May and going to Alaska all summer!! We now have a topper on the truck also.

    Chelle and Donnie Coffee

  4. Happy for you two that you are having so much fun as well as “working” Dang good luck going to 80 sq feet of space but know you two can do it if anyone can. Are you selling the 5th wheel or keeping it in storage? Keep traveling and posting Our plans are to do the Canadian Maritime (just us not a tour) this summer. Hopefully that happens.

    • We will be trading in the 5th wheel. So no sales taxes, and they will be giving us money! I’ve heard the Canadian Maritimes are beautiful. Have fun exploring! Take care

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  5. Hello! We have somewhat of an understanding of what you are going through. As I think you know, we spend 2 weeks camping in our popup and 2 weeks in a condo from December through March. None of the condo complexes allow us to park our camper (a total of 13 feet with tongue) in a parking spot. On the flip side, many RV resorts don’t allow popups. We’re thinking of selling the popup and buying a van for serveral reasons. We can use it as our second vehicle (my Subaru is 18 years old), it would be allowed at condo complexes, the hard sides will make it safe in bear country, and we’re sick of towing. We think we’ll just buy a Ram Promaster (it has front whell drive) and fix it up ourselves. It will require quite a bit of downsizing on our part as well. Looking forward to hearing how it goes with you.

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