We have had a delightful week parked at our friend Nancy Kissack‘s place here in Atwater, California but it’s time to move on. I’m afraid that if I stay any longer she may have to put me down as a dependent on her tax return.
Except for parking at my cousin’s house in Michigan, another cousin’s in Ohio, my daughter’s in Arizona, and one longtime friend’s place in Arizona, I think this is only the third or fourth time we have stayed in someone’s driveway in our 16+ years on the road. We’ve had many invitations from our readers and RVing friends but the timing and our schedules have never worked out. And to be honest, we have sometimes been hesitant to do so because we’re such night owls that we feel like it would be rude to park at somebody’s house and then stay up working until 2 a.m. or so before going to bed, and then not waking up until 9 or 10.
Hopefully we have been able to repay Nancy’s hospitality by helping her out with some projects around her house. We have rebuilt some light fixtures for her, installed a digital dusk to dawn switch for her security lights, and changed a hard to access light bulb in her bathroom. We’ve also shared a lot of laughs, enjoyed some great food, and had a lot of fun. Thanks for your hospitality, Nancy. We look forward to seeing you again somewhere down the road.
Today we’re going to the Atascadero Elks lodge, which has an RV park for Elks members. We’ll use it as a base while we visit Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, and some other places on the Central Coast. And from there?
Who knows? Maybe further south. We have never been to the Escapees Jojoba Hills co-op near Aguanga, California and this might be a good time to pay them a visit. We have several friends who own lots there who keep telling us we don’t know what we’ve been missing. Lolly Hadzicki from Revolution Kites has invited us to stop by their factory in Poway for a tour. There are several Thousand Trails campgrounds in southern California that we’ve never been to, so we may also check a couple of them out. And I’ve got some author friends that live near Temecula and San Diego, so we might try to connect with them while we’re in the area.
We have reservations in Apache Junction, Arizona starting December 1st, so we have about a month to kill between now and then. It’s kind of nice not having to be someplace and we are really enjoying that freedom.
After reading about my new drone in Sunday’s blog, my friend Richard King sent me a link to this YouTube video posted by the folks from the Outside Our Bubble blog of a flyover of their Tiffin motorhome cruising down a back road in Utah. Pretty cool, huh?
And if you have never been to the big RV gathering in Quartzsite, Arizona, here is a drone flyover of Quartzsite by the same folks.
One question that comes up all the time when I hear from new or wannabe fulltimers is what to do about health insurance. The folks at RVer Insurance recently posted this link to their RVer’s Guide To 2016 ACA Open Enrollment on the Escapees RV forum.
One final comment before I close for the day; our free drawings run from Thursday to Sunday and those are the only days anyone can enter. In Monday morning’s blog I announce the winner. But every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I receive anywhere from three to a dozen entries for the prize that has already been drawn. I don’t know if people think they are getting a head start on the next drawing or what they are doing, but all it does is force me to go in and delete their entry. And when they get deleted often enough their name automatically goes into the spam file and then they can’t enter any more. Please folks, one entry per drawing and only enter during the active drawing periods.
Thought For The Day – You wouldn’t worry so much what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.