We hope everyone is doing well. We are still in Yuma, trying to remain optimistic about going to Alaska this summer, but also working on alternate plans. Our work actually ended here at Westwind RV and Golf Resort in the middle of March. The resort, in compliance with the city of Yuma’s social distancing guidelines, shut down all activities, closed the pool, library, billiards room, fitness center, and limited the restaurant to take-out only. The golf pro shop, where we worked two days a week, was also closed. The golf course remains open, but it is “honor golf” only. If you want to play, you deposit $8 per person in an envelope, and put it in a mailbox outside the pro shop. The golf shop managers were collecting the money once a day. And after today, the two full-time employees in the office will be collecting the money, as today is the last day for any remaining work campers to work.
So we have had a lot of free time on our hands. Since we had put in a lot of extra time for dances and night golf, the park continued to pay for our site and utilities until April 15. After today, we can stay for as long as we want, but we have to pay for utilities (water/sewer/trash and metered electric). It’s a great deal, and we are very thankful we have a place to stay, as so many campgrounds have closed down.
PLAN B AND PLAN C
The last four summers, we have worked at Luton’s Teton Cabins in Wyoming. Brad and Joanne, the owners, reached out to us, and offered us a cabin to stay in starting in May, as we wait to see if the Canadian border opens up, and then proceed up to Alaska. If we can cross over into Canada in June, we still plan on going. We are extremely grateful for the offer, and our “Plan B” is to head to Wyoming after May 1st, and stay there for a few weeks and see what happens. We have been watching the weather here in Yuma, and it looks pretty good until the end of the month, when the 90’s arrive. That’s also when it starts to warm up in the Tetons, with daytime highs around 60. (Although every year it has snowed on us in May!)
If Alaska doesn’t work out this summer, we will move on to Plan C, which is going back to Wisconsin. Dan’s parents have stated they have plenty of “honey do” projects on their list to keep us busy all summer! We would then go to Alaska in the summer of 2021, and look for a work camping job this fall (such as Amazon or JC Penney’s).
But who knows?! We can only plan a week or two ahead, at best right now. We are just grateful that we have options (and toilet paper!) Dan and I spent one Sunday walking to five different stores, in search of toilet paper. On the positive side, we walked 4.2 miles. On the negative side, we couldn’t find toilet paper anywhere. They have “senior hours” at the local Fry’s grocery store, so I asked our friend Tom if he could look for us when he went shopping during the early morning senior hours, as he said they are always fully stocked when he has gone. And much to my delight, when I opened up our door to let Makena out on Monday morning, there was a 12 pack of Kroger brand toilet paper on our steps!! Thanks Tom!! I felt like a teenager asking an adult to buy beer, only I was an adult asking a senior to buy me some toilet paper! My how times have quickly changed!
Since we have nothing but time on our hands, we asked our friends Dave and Marilyn if they needed help with any projects, and they quickly answered yes! They wanted to build a pergola, re-do the makeshift box around their pool equipment, and get rid of an old built-in grill that was not in use. So it was back to work for us! Below is the pool equipment enclosure.
The grill area was a challenge to take down. The back wall had to remain, as the pool equipment was attached to it. The hollow bricks were filled with concrete and re-bar. I think this thing was built to withstand a hurricane.
Eventually it came apart, and they poured concrete on the bottom as a stand for Dave’s free-standing grill.
After that was taken down, the pergola began to take shape.
A sunscreen shade was secured over the top which really looks nice.
The original plan was to put artificial grass down in front of the pool equipment enclosure, but Marilyn changed her mind, and decided on brick instead. We always knew we were in trouble when Marilyn would start a sentence with “you guys are going to hate me, but what if we……..”
Down went the brick pavers (which really turned out to be the better option).
The size of this patio changed a few times (Marilyn…) and the grass was eventually put down. It turned out well, and provided a nice contrast in color.
So we have added a few more skills to our skill set!
Quote for the Day: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Ghandi