Countdown Has Begun!!!!

And, I can’t hardly believe it! LOL Yesterday was the 1st of the month, so I was at 14 days out of from departure for Arizona and suddenly I find am over halfway thru the 2nd of the month!  I have been busy though on preparations for my upcoming travel.

I have mapped out my route…….. First night away from here will hopefully find me in Hawthorne, Nevada: a trip of 336 miles.  Then on the 16th I should reach Las Vegas, after covering another 312 miles.  Not sure where I will stay as there are several rv parks in the area, but don’t want to wander far from Hwy. 95 which is my highway of travel for the most part until I get closer to Arizona.  Have forgotten the mileage from Las Vegas to Blythe, California (third stop of the trip), but it is not anywhere near 250 miles, which will probably be a relief by that time as I haven’t driven many miles at a time in quite some time.  The fourth day of my journey (actually should be Sept. 19th) should find me beating my way through traffic and on into Mesa after covering less than 200 miles.  Can’t wait to see my new home for the winter!

Besides mapping my route, I’ve also managed to start emptying extra weight from the rig, gave a bunch of groceries to a young couple who work here at the park in McCloud.  Not only did they become new parents less than 3 months ago, but they just moved into an apartment of their own and are trying to get it stocked.  Amazing how many bottles of this and that a person can accumulate during a 5 month stay in one place! LOL  The fridge is down to foods to feed me until I leave and not much else.  It’s a whole lot easier to live on “fast food” or a sandwich whipped up in a hurry along the way than it is to haul extra weight that I might or might not eat before arriving in Mesa.  Besides, what I save in gas by not hauling the extra weight will make my pocketbook happier.  Going to be laying out a chunk of cash on gas as it is, so anything I can do to keep those expenses down will only be to my advantage.

Also have gone through a lot of stuff today that I had brought along from my old life and managed to pitch even more weight from the trailer! LOL  Not sure why some of that junk didn’t end in the garbage bin while I was still in Montana!   Oh well, no matter what I have tossed, I probably still have more stuff with me than I really need, but it takes time to really figure out what is needed and what we can actually do without.

I do need to get the oil changed in the van, and tire pressure checked on the van and the trailer, but it looks like I will likely do all that next week on my days off as it will be more accurate the closer to departure date that I am.  Besides, I have already been to Redding and back today, went with Tricia to take her truck back in for the “detailers” to finish a job they were supposed to have done for her last week.  They did a sloppy job and now they have to make it right.  Being that Redding is over an hour from here, we were gone for a good four hours before we got back, so it’s like I have already had two days of things to do in one day off! LOL  Guess that means its time to kick back and read a book.

See you later!!

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Just in case you have not seen them, I put them on a separate page, so check out the link above that says Photos-California.

Since I am really not sure how to do a lot of this stuff with the posting of media, I think I’ll have to have a page for each state just to make sure they don’t pop up here on the front page all the time!  Hang in there with me, I’m learning as I go!

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Since it has been a long, long time since I wrote….

It really is time for an update or two.

My summer in McCloud has been fantastic!  The gas and fuel prices made for some empty rv spaces we really didn’t want here (as has been the case all across the tourism industry), but most all weekends have been seeing us near full capacity.  The season is winding down, with Labor Day weekend just a few days ahead of us, to be followed by my departure from the park on Sept. 15th.  I sure am going to miss this beautiful location and my new “family”.  All the people I have worked with are dear to my heart in so many ways.  I’m going to miss them, though I just may be back here again next summer!  Tricia, the sweetest manager I have ever worked for has already said I have got to come back should I not find something else that draws me more towards the east coast.  It’s going to have to be a mighty tempting offer for me not to consider coming back, let me tell you! LOL

Being at the base of Mt. Shasta has been a real delight.  Every time I look at the mountain I see something new and different.  When I first arrived Mt. Shasta was still covered in snow, but as the summer has passed the snow has receded to show the glacier near her top.  Fortunately, no fire has struck on the mountain this season, though the whole northern part of California has suffered through some extreme blazes.  We had some smoke here in the park on occasion, but nothing compared to the surrounding areas.  Redding (only about 1 hr. and 10 minutes away) really has been slammed with smoke, and fires came mighty close to that city, but they are recovering and time will only help them more.  Many folks from that area came to stay with us for a few days just to breathe cleaner air and we were not only glad for their company, but happy they could see further than the end of their street and inhale purer air for a while.

Because of the fires I haven’t done all the exploring I would have liked to do up here, but it just wasn’t smart to go into unknown to me territory to see the sights.  They will still be there next year or at some future time for me to investigate.

So, what else happened around here while I’ve been in the area?  Well, Danielle, one of my co-workers had her baby girl about 2 and half months ago.  The sweetest doll you have ever seen!  Her name is Riley and she has the chubbiest baby cheeks you have ever seen.  And a head of hair that many people would love to have! LOL  That girl is never going to have to worry about thin or limp hair!  I sure hope her mommy brings here by the park again one day before I leave so I can hold her once more before I take off.  Babies smell so sweet and special, don’t they?

We’ve had a number of wedding parties, group gatherings and family reunions here in the park, so helping make sure everyone had their needs met was a big part of our job, most times fun to help make happen, at others rather trying, but experiences I will treasure all the same.

I did make a couple of trips to Redding and even a few up to Yreka (only 45 minutes away and they have the closest Wal-Mart which explains most my trips, I’m sure), but I have to say the most memorable day I spent happened when Tricia and I went to a Lavender Farm!  Yep, it was a lovely day.  We stood in 10 acres of lavender fields looking over a glorious valley and listened to the bees humming in the blossoms.  I’ll have to see if I can find the link to their site for you, so hang on a couple of minutes while I make a side trip in my computer! LOL  http://www.mtshastalavenderfarms.com Take a look and drool!  Tricia got a few pix, I’ll see if I can download them tomorrow or the next day, I’ve already yakked long enough for now.  And, I still haven’t told you all where I am heading next, have I!!???!!!!!!!

Well, you gals on my quilt list know, since I did drop in there a few days back to let you know, but you are still the only ones besides my family and friends here in the park.

So, without further ado…………….

I am heading for Mesa, AZ.  No snow for me this winter! LOL  I’ll be working at http://www.orangewoodshadows.com as the Activities Director and I am so excited not only about the location, but the job itself.  While I have organized lots of activities over the years for many organizations, I have never had a position like this one!  And, truthfully, I would never have even considered trying if it hadn’t been for Tricia suggesting it.  She opened up a whole new field for me when she said she thought it would be perfect for me.  Well, time will tell since I will be down there for 7 months giving it a try.  And, I’ve already been told by the manager of that park that I would be welcome to come back next winter, if I should choose to do so.  The man hasn’t done more than read my resume and talked to me a couple of times on the phone, so we will see if he still feels that way after the season.  It looks to me that everyone in the park enjoys playing in their spare time, so I have a feeling I am going to have a grand time there making even more new friends and family, cause I love to “play”, too! LOL  And just think, I am going to be only 3 hours from the Grand Canyon!  I’ve flown over it and driven within about 50 miles of it, but I have never had the chance to actually stand on the Rim and say I am at the Grand Canyon, but I will do it some time this fall!

Well, I am really getting off here now.  McCloud has a small library which I found just a day or so after arriving last April and I just had to go get a couple more books to help pass my evening hours these last weeks before heading south.  I had thought I would only return the books I had checked out a few weeks ago and say good-bye to the librarian today, but those books just called to me once more, so I’m going to go read a bit before hitting the pillows.

Pictures coming soon!!!

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LOL! When I’m not traveling or working, I have a few other things that help me waste much of my spare time….. Yep, I love playing games online and have done so for several years. While Club Pogo is by paid membership, they do have a lot of games online that you can play for free. All you need to do is go to http://www.pogo.com and register. After that, the fun you have is all your own, just don’t come back and blame me if you burned dinner or forgot to do the wash because you were having too much fun!

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Memorial Day Weekend

I wish you all could be here at the park with me, it is almost full for the beginning of the tourist season, even though it is raining like it does most Memorial Day weekends and I love it!

Actually, all of us who work here are getting a big kick out of seeing so many rv rigs in place inspite of the horrid gas prices everyone is having to deal with this year. 

We had most of 70 trailers and motorhomes come in just yesterday! LOL  Yep, it was a very busy day here on the desk, but with 3 of us manning different stations it worked very well inspite of the small office area we have now.  Last year the office was remodelled and while the office space shrank we did end up with a nice little store for our guests to pick up the odds and ends they forgot to bring along or hadn’t realized they might want.  Several have been in just this morning to make their purchases of catsup, pickles, cereal, etc.  Of course the kids have already been coming in to buy candy bars or to ask for fish food to feed the trout we have in our ponds (nope, no fishing allowed onsite, these are our pets! LOL), so even though the weather may not be the best, everyone seems to be trying to find ways to continue enjoying themselves.

Wow! I just looked out and it’s really raining now! Yoikes!  It had been a rather gentle rain, more like one of those cozy, curl up in a chair and read or quilt kind of rains, but now it is coming down almost “bucket load” fashion!  Well, I’m comfy here in the office and know that my little house on wheels is nice and dry, so it doesn’t bother me one bit.  And, I have a feeling the mushroom pickers are jumping up and down with joy right now since we hadn’t had any rain in the area since before I arrived here a month ago.  The mushrooms will be popping up all over!  Not that I plan on going out to pick any for myself, too much work to my way of thinking, but maybe I’ll get lucky and someone will come along looking for a buyer! LOL  If the price is right I wouldn’t mind a mess of morels to saute with my dinner one night!  Yum- yum!  Makes my mouth water just thinking about them! LOL  Also tells me it’s about lunch time, so I guess I’ll close for now so that when Tricia comes to cover for me I won’t be leaving this post just hanging around forgotten instead of posted.

But, do remind me to tell you about our frogs one of these times, okay???!!!!!!!!

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