Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Flowing Lake County Park, Snohomish, WA

A nice county park with boating, fishing, swimming and, yes - CAMPING!  There are rental cabins, tent spots and RV spots with hook ups.  This is only 20 minutes from home for us, so we took a little drive out to see what was there.   My only regret was that I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the roped off swimming area/playground; they were mowing and I didn't want to get in the way.  Also, I missed getting a photo of site D3; it would accommodate a large rig, a boat and a car.  Site #15 was also pretty bit (see that photo below).  You can check on rates and other information by clicking here: Flowing Lake County Park, Snohomish, WA

         This is spot # 15.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #14 Hot Air Ballooning in Snohomish, WA

I have been posting my 100 Day Challenge pictures on my other blog, Betsy's Blah Blah Blog, but I thought I'd share this morning's picture here as well.  If you are ever visiting Snohomish, WA, you will learn the area is famous of antique shopping, skydiving and hot air ballooning.  The hot air balloons often take off from a big grassy area near our home.  I was hoping to catch the launch today, but I was about a block away when I heard the whoosh.  I got a few decent pictures though.  The company that owns this balloon is The Balloon Depot .

Friday, April 17, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #12 - Thousand Trails Thunderbird

We've all explored campgrounds or seen photos of places that look like wonderful places to set up.  I have one of those places just 15 miles from home.  Mind you we have yet to camp there, but I have been out to explore Thousand Trails Thunderbird Preserve in Monroe, WA many times.

The camp ground is split into 3 areas.  The main area with the full hook ups, the bath house, pool, and family lounge is on the south side of Ben Howard Rd.  The other two areas are on the north side of the road, and offer views of the Snohomish River.  These sites offer water and electric only.  There are port-a-potties available, but regular bathrooms, showers, etc., are in the main campground area.

I'm a "view person".  I have wanted to bring our 5th wheel out here for a long time.  The spots are back-in only (in fact all the sites in the campground are back ins), and we have a nice view window out the back of the rig.  These spots along the river would offer great sunrise views (my favorite), bird watching, and so on.  Once our rig is repaired (or we buy a new one, which ever comes first), this will be one of our first stops.

I didn't take any pictures of the rest of the campground, sorry.  Just pictures of future views for my dream board.

Friday, April 10, 2015

RV Show at the Evergreen County Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA

We are probably a year away from buying a brand new rig, but we do spend a lot of time looking at floor plans and checking out different 5th wheels.  There are so many brands, and so many levels of quality.  What we have determined is that if we are going to full time it for 5-10 years (that's the current plan anyway), we are going to want what we want.  While cost is important, it will not be a deal breaker.

Right now we have a 2005 NuWa Hitchhiker II LS.  We love the floor plan and are looking for something similar but with a W&D connection that isn't crammed into the bathroom.

For whatever reason, the dealers did not bring the "new" fifth wheels to the show.  I guess the newest models won't be arriving until June.  Some of the sales people we talked to said they had new rigs at their permanent locations, and we should stop by and see them there.  For the ones we talked to that actually listened to what we were looking for, we will be stopping by at some point.  For the ones that didn't listen, and just wanted to push whatever they had on hand, well, we won't be your customers.  Your loss.

We've narrowed down our major front runners to Forest River, Arctic Fox and DRV.  The Forest River models at the show were not the top of the line, and the ones that were there were used rigs, more than a few years old with floor plans that were no longer available.  Arctic Fox said their new rigs would be coming in this June.  We will be following up with them then.  I'm one of those people that can read reviews and become educated about the quality of the finishings, but I really need to see it and get a feel for it before I can make a decision.  DRV did have one rig there that I liked.  If I ordered from the factory, there might be a few things I'd see if we could customize.  Like I said, if I'm going to live in something full time for 10 years, then I am going to want what I want.

Here are a few pictures I took of the DRV Mobile Suites rig.  I think this was a 2014 model (or maybe even a 2013).  The inside pictures did not turn out as well as I would have liked, but they will do.  At least it did have the rear window that we want.  We would take out the couch and put in swivel recliners, so we can enjoy the view.

Not the best show I have ever attended, but it was free for us with comped tickets from the sponsors website and the parking was free.  The other plus was I got in half of 10,000 steps for the day climbing in and out of the various rigs!

Our rig is still in the state of disrepair.  I praying for a June finish date.  In the meantime, if I can't be camping, I can certainly be dreaming about our next rig!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tip Toe Through The Tulips

Today Kim and I made the 40 mile drive up to Skagit County, WA to visit the Tulip Festival in the LaConner/Mt Vernon area.  This has been on my bucket list for many years.  If you are in Western Washington in late March or early April, this is definitely worth a visit.  There is a Thousand Trails RV Park in LaConner, and one in Bow (about 10 miles north).

And I found this lovable guy in amongst the red tulips.

And I found this as well

Who leaves a shoe in the middle of a muddy field?  We won't even talk about the pair of underpants I saw (but didn't photograph) in the mud.

Until next time.......

Monday, March 9, 2015

Maintaining Two Blogs - Time For A Hiatus

Why do I have two blogs? That's the question I often ask myself.  It certainly isn't to produce income.  I've never mastered that, and it really isn't a motivating factor for me.  I had started my other blog, Betsy's Blah Blah Blog , back when I first retired.  I started this blog - RV Virgins - when my husband and had purchased a used 5th wheel trailer and were beginning our road trips.  Then grandkids happened, and we found ourselves traveling less, and babysitting more.  We are still traveling less, but now we are babysitting less as well.  We aren't quite ready for full timing, but we are spending more and more time thinking about it, and preparing for it.  This last month I have been digging through boxes and boxes of things I packed away after my mother passed away.  It is time that all this "stuff" finds a new home where someone will enjoy it.  Our list of things to fix, repair, upgrade, paint, etc.,  is growing and growing as we prepare to think about putting the house on the market.  The weeds are growing and growing; why is it that my green thumb only applies to weeds?  Kim continues to poke away at getting the trailer ready for what now looks like some summer time traveling, at least in Washington and Oregon.  I'm a little antsy, but there is nothing I can do about it.

As you see, I do have a tendency to get side tracked.  As I was saying, I'm trying to decide why I have two blogs.  One is to share RV experiences.  And one is for other stuff....thus the blah blah in the title.  So as I have little to say about RV experiences for the time being, this blog will be on hiatus until we are on the road again.  I appreciate all of you who have read and perhaps enjoyed our posts.  I hope to catch up with you again sometime.

If you are interested in keeping up with the goings on in our lives, my painting, recipes, spiritual topics, rants and raves, please do stop by to visit Betsy's Blah Blah Blog.

Wishing you pleasant journeys!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


The older you get, the easier it is to recognize that you are pushing too hard to make something happen.  And that is where we find ourselves this week.

Our lives were getting back to "normal" (whatever that is).  Our daughter and her two sons (ages 4 and 2) had been staying with us.  She had sold her home, and had made arrangements to rent a duplex near us.  The landlord had said it would take a month or two to get the unit ready to rent.  It just made sense that our daughter and the boys should move in with us.  Well, two months turned into nine.  The boys were thrilled.  As Sam Levinson once said, "The simplest toy ever invented, one even the smallest child can operate, is called a grandparent."  After about six months, the adults, however, looking forward to having some space to themselves.  But, I digress.  The kids moved into their own place last week, and we are working at getting back into our normal routines.

Kim has been working hard to fix the leaks, and replace the wall areas that had signs of wood rot.  He is making progress. His expectation was to get the bedroom fixed, replace the carpet, put the bed, the dresser and cabinets back in.  We would head south for a few months, and then come back and he would tackle the living room slide.  My expectation was that it would all be done before we left.  I was disappointed, but trying to be understanding.  We had rescheduled trips to the Wine Ridge RV resort in Pahrump, NV and the River Lodge Resort in Parker Dam,CA four times.  I had planned various routes and stops, depending on travel dates, more than a few times.  We were both looking forward to getting out of the rain in the PNW.

Then, as they say, $hit happens.  Kim wasn't as far along with the repairs as he had hoped.  We got a fabulous quote for removal of a huge tree in our yard that has needed to come down for a few years as long as the work was done within 60 days.  We have windows that needed replacing.  Dental work that needs doing.  But the thing that made us really rethink our plans was that the daycare center that the grandsons go to is closing in less than a month.  It is a scramble to find decent day care at any time, but in the middle of the school year, it is almost impossible.  We just didn't feel we could leave until other arrangements had been made for the boys' daycare.  

So for many reasons, we have chosen to change our plans again.  I knew it was the right thing to do because both Kim and I immediately felt a sense of relief. So much to much more time.  It's a good thing.  It will be even a better thing if we have warmer weather and reduced rain here in the Seattle area!