Monday, March 2, 2015

What happened to Steve and Karen?

Posted from Casa Grande, AZ        (Click on Pics to Enlarge)  

Well, nothing, really.  We've just been in the same location for the winter and I haven't felt the need to blog about our "daily" activities.  Looking back, though, I can't believe it's been 3 months since my last blog. We actually received several e-mails from readers asking if everything was alright. (Thanks folks.)

Karen has been enjoying alternating daily between water aerobics and pickleball.


She's also had time to continue some colored pencil drawing classes.


I, of course, have been playing a lot of pickleball.  The resort had an in-house pickleball tournament in mid-February.  I believe we had approximately 260 players participate.  Karen played Women's Doubles 3.5 with a partner she'd just met a week or so before.  They didn't medal, but played well considering their limited playing experience together.


I entered the Men's Doubles 3.5, but we also failed to medal.  On the third day of the tournament we played in the Men's Doubles 3.5 (age 50-59) group.  We played well and won the gold medal.


On February 26th we took a break from the Palm Creek "summer camp for adults" atmosphere and pulled the MH up to the Good Sam National "The Rally" at the Phoenix International Raceway. I was actually surprised at how much room we had between rigs. Much more than some rallys we've attended.

We had been informed that the parking at these events would be less than ideal, but the tram system worked well and moved folks efficiently back and forth to the inside of the track from even the considerable distance we were parked.

We had a nice time attending the many educational seminars.  We went to several seminars given by our friends Chris and Jim Guld of GeeksOnTour.com.  We always enjoy learning new tidbits of technology from the Gulds.

There was musical entertainment on the stage each evening, although the sound properties left a bit to be desired. The stage was set up inside the track and the crowd used the track seating in the grandstands.

This was our first Good Sam national rally to attend and we had an overall good time. We'll probably attend another one someday.  It was announced that there were approximately 2579 people in attendance at the rally.  This is just a picture of part of the rigs outside the track.


While at the rally, we had a nice visit with Kris and Bill Osborne (SeeingtheUSA.com) who had come in to visit for the day.  We celebrated Karen's birthday and everyone had a piece of birthday cake.

As fulltimers you celebrate wherever you are!  LOL














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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 In Review

2nd Year of Fulltiming Summation
Posted from Casa Grande, AZ

It's the time of the year when so many bloggers post a "year in review" or a summation of what occurred during the year.  Well, I've decided to follow the leads of others and do a summary of a few of the "key" points during our first year of fulltiming.
I'm not going to re-hash the places we've been, nor show pictures of significant stops. Hey, that's what the past blog entries are all about.  Please feel free to look back at our blog during the first year if looking for something specific.

Ok, here goes.

We began 2014 in Casa Grande, AZ at Palm Creek Golf and RV and we liked the place so much that we decided to return for wintering over this year, so we ended the year there as well.
Due to a family health issue we traveled back to Virginia to spend some time in that area before heading up thru the midwest.  We attended a few rallies along the way, then turned north to take in some of the national parks in ND and MT.
It was getting toward the end of the year by now and time to begin our trek toward AZ.  We stopped at several locations in UT (planning to return) before arriving in Yuma, AZ and getting some dental work taken care of in Algodones, MX.
Click on this link if we're interested in viewing a map of our travels in 2014.
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Because I'm a bit anal when it comes to numbers and statistics here's a breakdown of our second year on the road showing a comparison to 2013.
Transportation Related

                                                  2013                  2014

Motorhome:        
       Miles Traveled                   9095                  8384
       Ave. MPG                           8.58                  8.40
       Total Cost of Diesel Fuel   $4162.53          $3781.76
        Ave. Price per Gallon        $3.61                $3.78

Honda Fit:                   
       Miles Traveled                    8592                7886
       Ave. MPG                           39.34               35.70
       Total Cost of Gasoline       $777.66           $674.96
       Ave. Price per Gallon         $3.56               $3.05

Camping Related (Figures include all utilities as well)

Total Cost                               $7387.21          $8942.69  
        Ave. Price per Day          $20.24             $24.50
        Shortest Stay                  1 night               1 night
        Longest Stay                   60 days             74 nights
Types of facilities (separate locations, not nights)
        Pr/Comm/Fairgrnd             18                  23 
        StPks/COE/CoPks              7                    3
        Member Pks (TT, SKP)       9                    6
        Tiffin Service Center            1                    1
        Dry Camp (Boondock)         1                    1
Total Locations                         36                 34

We actually camped in a total of 19 different states during the year of 2014 and stayed an average of 10.73 days in each location.
I have all of the budget line item figures for the year as well, but because this varies so much from person to person I've decided not to post charts for these figures.
Should anyone be interested in a "budget" item please do not hesitate to either leave a request in the "comment" section below or send us an email at the address listed in the top left portion of this blog page.
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Summation and General Comments Pertaining to the Second Year on the Road

Last year I used the phrase “we’ve had a blast during our first year of fulltiming”.  Well, that phrase continues to ring true in 2014. There is just so much to see, and so many places to visit in this beautiful country we live in.
Here's wishing everyone a safe travel year in the coming year.
Hopefully, we'll meet up with a few of you on the road this year.
(OF NOTE) We began writing this blog in December 2012, just prior to our fulltiming life on the road. We've now had over 117,000 page views to date. That’s an increase of 35% over the prior year. We never thought that so many people cared about what, and where we were.  We began this blog just as a "diary" for ourselves and to let our family know a bit more about our travels on the road.  THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS READ OUR BLOG!

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