02.24.19 Decorating the walls at Casa de Chauvin

Sometimes I really miss all the adventures we’ve had while living on the road in Dora, our motor home.

Since moving into our sticks and bricks home (that’s what motor home folks call their house), the walls are kinda empty except for televisions and a couple of pieces of decoration.

Roy recently came up with a great idea to decorate the walls.  We’re going to take some of our favorite photos from our travels and have them printed on canvas!  The five years on the road were filled with many adventures and we always want to remember them.

I started going through all our travel photos to pick out some fo the ones we love the most from the first photos from 2012 up to the time we stopped traveling last year. What I’m finding, while going through all of these blog posts, is that they are bringing back so many special, heart happy memories. I noticed that our smiles in the photos are such genuinely happy smiles coming from the joy in our hearts seeing all of the amazing things our country has from coast to coast.  God gave us the gift of travel and adventure at a time He knew we most needed it.

I finished that process recently and have picked out 371 photos!  We’d have to add many rooms to our house to have enough walls to hang all those.  I can see this is going to be a huge endeavor to narrow it down to our 10 (at most) favorites.

We didn’t know how these canvas prints would come out.  We first had Easy Canvas Prints make a recent family photo into a canvas print for both of our son’s families for Christmas.  We loved how those came out and our son’s families loved them as well. Using a two for one discount they offered the price was very reasonable.

We looked at several different companies to price having a three part canvas print made from a photo I took while standing on the bridge across Niagara Falls that goes from America to Canada.  This is the original photo.Canvas Campus is who we ordered our three part photo of Niagara Falls wall art from. They offered a free 8″ x 8″ canvas print with any purchase of $99 or more.  Our order was exactly $99 so we sent them the photo below of Roy and I when we went to Colorado the first time and toured the Colorado Rockies stadium.  We got to sit in the dugout and another visitor took this photo where I’m calling down to the bull pen for a relief pitcher! The Niagara Falls split picture is made up of three 30″ high x 20″ wide canvases. It is now hung up on the wall over our sofa.

We love it there! We have such great memories of Niagara Falls and our time on the Maid of the Mist that this is perfect for our living room.  You can see the Maid of the Mist in the lower right hand corner of the photo. Here’s the Coors Field photo on canvas.

l am thankful that God allowed us to experience all of those memories and we are so happy to have been able to share a lot of them with you on Dora and the Explorers!

Next we’ll order three separate canvas prints of three different views of the Grand Canyon.  That will go in our bedroom over the bed.  I plan to have several canvases around the house that are not three part but we thought this was a good place to start so we could see if we like it, and we do!

If you are interested in having your photos put on canvas I’d recommend shopping around.  They all seem to have different specials at different times.  Some of the companies have way higher shipping prices than others.  We were pleased with the final work of both Easy Canvas Prints and Canvas Campus.  The Niagara Falls canvases came in laid out wrong the first time but the company came through sending us the correct prints the second time at no cost and in a very fast manner.

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!

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02.21.19 SOLD! Coast to Coast Premier RV Resort Network Membership SOLD!!

UPDATE: WE SOLD OUR COAST TO COAST MEMBERSHIP

If you live in an RV or travel often throughout our beautiful country in an RV, you will be most happy to learn that we are selling our Coast to Coast Premier Membership for only $2,000. New memberships can go as high as $10,000 for the exact same benefits.

Our Coast to Coast membership was one of the absolute best purchases we made when starting out on our adventures.  It paid for itself in the first six months. We no longer have our motor home so we are offering our Coast to Coast membership for sale!

Included in this membership with Coast to Coast, you first become a member of a home park.

Our home park is TLC Wolf River in Pass Christian, Mississippi. If you purchase our Coast to Coast membership then TLC Wolf River will be your home park.  They have 140 full hook-up RV sites, waterfront RV campsites, a swimming pool, play area for children, a boat launch, laundry, Wi-Fi, and clubhouse with cable TV and showers.

One of the great benefits of a home park is that while most parks are closed to reservations during holiday weeks or weekends, reservations are open to home park members.

As a home park member, you can stay there for two weeks at a time, for just $5.00 per night. There is no limit on the amount of times you can visit during a year. After you’ve stayed a period of 8–14 days, you must leave the park for one week before you are allowed to return.

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You can even show up any time you want at your home park! You do not need to make a reservation. They don’t offer guaranteed sites but you give them your three favorite sites and they will try their best to give one of those to you when you stay there! If you want to make reservations you can ask for your favorite spot then!

If you don’t have your RV with you when you plan to stay there they have rental travel trailers and 5th Wheels available for $35.00 per night.

Your membership also allows for guest usage. If your guest is closely related to you, they are allowed to come stay at the park even without your company. If your guest is a friend, neighbor, or distant relative, we ask that you be here with them while they stay. Guests can stay at the park for $20.00 per night or in a rental for $35.00 per night, and with the exception of a small handful of holidays and special events, they can camp as often as you do.

TLC Wolf River Resort’s memberships can be left to your children which is an incredible benefit if your children get bit by the RV bug like you were. Memberships expire upon the death of their third owner.

TLC Wolf River is so close to many of the amazing attractions the Gulf Coast has to offer. TLC Wolf River is just three miles north of the 26 miles of sugar white sand beaches that run along the coast.  Some of the best seafood around can be found at the 13 resort style casinos along the coast.

We’ve found it to be a very peaceful, relaxing park where we’ve met many great RVers.  We love to park along the lazy Wolf River! If you want to learn more about TLC Wolf River Resort, visit their website at http://www.tlcwolfriverresort.com, or you can go to their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Tlcwolfriverresort.   They are located at 23098 Freddie Frank Rd, Pass Christian, Mississippi 39571 (228) 452-9100.

TLC Transfer Fee and Annual Dues:

TLC has a Home Park Transfer Fee of $250.00
TLC Current Annual Dues are $349.00

Once you’ve become a member of a home park like TLC Wolf River, you can become a member of Coast to Coast, the RV Resort network.

Purchasing our Coast to Coast Premier plan will allow you to stay at their network of over 200 private, member-only resorts across the United States and Canada.  At these private resorts you get to stay there FREE, YES FREE!!!

Coast to Coast members can stay FREE at around 200 high-quality RV resorts across North America for 2 weeks at a time during peak season, and 3 weeks at a time during non-peak season.  Some resorts have a sales tax or electricity fee. It was never more than $5 a night during our travels.

Many of these Coast to Coast parks have rental RVs as well.

Coast to Coast also gives you access to over 200 Good Neighbor parks. These parks are 4 and 5 star rated Woodall’s public campgrounds. You may stay at these parks for $15.00 per night.

Every year when you renew your Coast to Coast membership, you will receive a complimentary Good Sam membership card which you can use to get discounts at Camping World and discounted access to over 2,200 Good Sam parks.

Coast to Coast offers a variety of discounts on other products and services as well.

  • Affordable week-long getaways through Hopscotch Holidays to fabulous condominium resorts around the world starting at only $99 a week
  • Vacation packages for destinations in the U.S. and internationally
  • Ocean cruises and river cruises to explore new worlds
  • Airline tickets, hotel, and rental car reservations for leisure or business travel
  • Dining, shopping, entertainment, movie, recreation, and golf discounts you can use to save money every day

Coast to Coast is a really great program. One of the best investments we ever made. There is a lot to learn about Coast to Coast to get the most out of your membership.   Check out their website at https://www.coastresorts.com/ to learn more!  Our membership is an original Premier membership.  The new ones they promote on their site have a little different rules than ours does.  Like there is a $10 a night charge with the new premier memberships, but in our membership it is FREE!

We first visited TLC Wolf River when we first began RVing full time we attended a presentation about joining Coast to Coast and having TLCWR as our home park.  We went there thinking “we’re not going to buy anything they are selling!”  After hearing all about this amazing opportunity we signed up quickly!  We have NEVER regretted that decision!

Coast to Coast Premier Transfer Fee:

Coast to Coast Premier Transfer Fee: $250  This Transfer Fee include your first year’s annual dues of $199

Email us at rosalyn@selu.edu or call us at (985) 320-8640 to purchase our membership or for more information!

Roy and Rosalyn Chauvin

02.19.19 SOLD!! Coast to Coast Premier RV Resort Network Membership SOLD!!

UPDATE: WE HAVE SOLD OUR COAST TO COAST MEMBERSHIP

If you live in an RV or travel often throughout our beautiful country in an RV, you will be most happy to learn that we are selling our Coast to Coast Premier Membership for only $2,000. New memberships can go as high as $10,000 for the exact same benefits.

Our Coast to Coast membership was one of the absolute best purchases we made when starting out on our adventures.  It paid for itself in the first six months. We no longer have our motor home so we are offering our Coast to Coast membership for sale!

Included in this membership with Coast to Coast, you first become a member of a home park.

Our home park is TLC Wolf River in Pass Christian, Mississippi. If you purchase our Coast to Coast membership then TLC Wolf River will be your home park.  They have 140 full hook-up RV sites, waterfront RV campsites, a swimming pool, play area for children, a boat launch, laundry, Wi-Fi, and clubhouse with cable TV and showers.

One of the great benefits of a home park is that while most parks are closed to reservations during holiday weeks or weekends, reservations are open to home park members.

As a home park member, you can stay there for two weeks at a time, for just $5.00 per night. There is no limit on the amount of times you can visit during a year. After you’ve stayed a period of 8–14 days, you must leave the park for one week before you are allowed to return.

TLC WOLF RIVER MAP

You can even show up any time you want at your home park! You do not need to make a reservation. They don’t offer guaranteed sites but you give them your three favorite sites and they will try their best to give one of those to you when you stay there! If you want to make reservations you can ask for your favorite spot then!

If you don’t have your RV with you when you plan to stay there they have rental travel trailers and 5th Wheels available for $35.00 per night.

Your membership also allows for guest usage. If your guest is closely related to you, they are allowed to come stay at the park even without your company. If your guest is a friend, neighbor, or distant relative, we ask that you be here with them while they stay. Guests can stay at the park for $20.00 per night or in a rental for $35.00 per night, and with the exception of a small handful of holidays and special events, they can camp as often as you do.

TLC Wolf River Resort’s memberships can be left to your children which is an incredible benefit if your children get bit by the RV bug like you were. Memberships expire upon the death of their third owner.

TLC Wolf River is so close to many of the amazing attractions the Gulf Coast has to offer. TLC Wolf River is just three miles north of the 26 miles of sugar white sand beaches that run along the coast.  Some of the best seafood around can be found at the 13 resort style casinos along the coast.

We’ve found it to be a very peaceful, relaxing park where we’ve met many great RVers.  We love to park along the lazy Wolf River! If you want to learn more about TLC Wolf River Resort, visit their website at http://www.tlcwolfriverresort.com, or you can go to their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Tlcwolfriverresort.   They are located at 23098 Freddie Frank Rd, Pass Christian, Mississippi 39571 (228) 452-9100.

TLC Transfer Fee and Annual Dues:

TLC has a Home Park Transfer Fee of $250.00
TLC Current Annual Dues are $349.00

Once you’ve become a member of a home park like TLC Wolf River, you can become a member of Coast to Coast, the RV Resort network.

Purchasing our Coast to Coast Premier plan will allow you to stay at their network of over 200 private, member-only resorts across the United States and Canada.  At these private resorts you get to stay there FREE, YES FREE!!!

Coast to Coast members can stay FREE at around 200 high-quality RV resorts across North America for 2 weeks at a time during peak season, and 3 weeks at a time during non-peak season.  Some resorts have a sales tax or electricity fee. It was never more than $5 a night during our travels.

Many of these Coast to Coast parks have rental RVs as well.

Coast to Coast also gives you access to over 200 Good Neighbor parks. These parks are 4 and 5 star rated Woodall’s public campgrounds. You may stay at these parks for $15.00 per night.

Every year when you renew your Coast to Coast membership, you will receive a complimentary Good Sam membership card which you can use to get discounts at Camping World and discounted access to over 2,200 Good Sam parks.

Coast to Coast offers a variety of discounts on other products and services as well.

  • Affordable week-long getaways through Hopscotch Holidays to fabulous condominium resorts around the world starting at only $99 a week
  • Vacation packages for destinations in the U.S. and internationally
  • Ocean cruises and river cruises to explore new worlds
  • Airline tickets, hotel, and rental car reservations for leisure or business travel
  • Dining, shopping, entertainment, movie, recreation, and golf discounts you can use to save money every day

Coast to Coast is a really great program. One of the best investments we ever made. There is a lot to learn about Coast to Coast to get the most out of your membership.   Check out their website at https://www.coastresorts.com/ to learn more!  Our membership is an original Premier membership.  The new ones they promote on their site have a little different rules than ours does.  Like there is a $10 a night charge with the new premier memberships, but in our membership it is FREE!

We first visited TLC Wolf River when we first began RVing full time we attended a presentation about joining Coast to Coast and having TLCWR as our home park.  We went there thinking “we’re not going to buy anything they are selling!”  After hearing all about this amazing opportunity we signed up quickly!  We have NEVER regretted that decision!

Coast to Coast Premier Transfer Fee:

Coast to Coast Premier Transfer Fee: $250  This Transfer Fee include your first year’s annual dues of $199

Email us at rosalyn@selu.edu or call us at (985) 320-8640 to purchase our membership or for more information!

Roy and Rosalyn Chauvin

07.29.16 Challenges of RVing in the Northeastern United States

CTDEMEMDMANHNJNYRIVTxlgSaturday, July 16, 2016 – We’ve experienced challenges RVing in the Northeastern part of the United States that we haven’t experienced anywhere else. Don’t let this stop you from traveling up here because what you see and experience far outweighs the challenges, just be prepared for it. We were not!

If we were quite wealthy we could probably avoid some of these issues because we could choose to stay at the one that has it all regardless of the cost.

We have some criteria I use when finding a place to stay: Do they have space for Dora’s length? Do they have 50 amp, water, sewage or any combination of those. Are they along the way or are they way out of our traveling path? Is there a Coast to Coast resort in the area? How much do we have to pay if we’re not staying in a free Coast to Coast resort.

The issue with length is a problem with a lot of Boondockers Welcome, National Parks and State Parks RV spaces which cannot handle a 39 foot RV. Most regular RV parks can but others (like those I just named) cannot. We haven’t found traveling anywhere on the roads and highways up here to be a problem with Dora’s size, but finding a place to stay has been difficult because of this.

In our normal traveling life throughout the South, Central, West and North Westany the RV parks we stay at provide us with water, electricity and sewage hookups. This is considered a Full Hook Up to RVers. In the Northeast we’ve become use to not having at least one (sometimes two) of these at every park.

At some parks in the rest of the country, we have to pay $2 to 5 dollars a day to get 50 amps and we always gladly do that. Up here, either they only have 30 amp (which is a huge difference from 50 amp) or they have no sewage hookup. All have had water but not having a way to get rid of the water (dishwashing, bathing, clothes washing water which collect in the gray tank or the “stuff” that goes down the toilet into the black tank), life is difficult.

Not having 50 amp, like I said, is a huge difference from having only 30 amps when you have a large RV like Dora is. We have two air conditioners, a full size refrigerator, a microwave/convection oven, washer and dryer, hot water heater and television with a speaker system. To run all that at the same time you need 50 amps. Smaller RVs have only one air conditioner (which is all 30 amp can handle), no washer/dryer, smaller refrigerators, smaller powered or no microwave/convection oven, and no speaker system to drain the power.

MV5BMTQ1NDY0MDgxOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDU4OTU2MjE@._V1_UY268_CR87,0,182,268_AL_When we only have 30 amps we can only run one air conditioner. We also can only run one of the following: hot water heater, or microwave, washer/dryer at a time. Life becomes a little like “Green Acres” when they only had so much to use and had to alternate between appliances. This does not make for a relaxing, good quality life which we love to have! It’s become our norm lately to just have to accept being without.

We have an adapter that lets us plug into two side by side 30 amps to get 60 amps allowing us to run everything. To be able to do that you have to have no one parked next to you which has only happened once since we’ve been up here.

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The issue with the sewage seems to be handled by the parks without sewage hookups, by a “honey wagon” which is just a large tank driven from RV to RV on specific days of the week after you’ve signed up and paid for it. I just think this is terribly crude. One park I asked about it when it kept happening that there was no sewage hook up offered, said that their RV park is built on granite and that they’d have to blow up the ground to install the sewage connections. I haven’t asked others but we haven’t had a sewage hook up for weeks since we started traveling throughout the upper northeastern states. Even with them sucking it all out, we’ve been faced with our tanks being 100 percent full of grey water before the sucking day arrives. We’ve had to ration water so that we don’t fill up before our time. The disgusting thing is that when your grey tank starts to overflow it doesn’t do it outside, it does it in the shower coming up through the hole in the shower floor.

The issue with Coast to Coast up here has been a severe lack of parks. Three of the northeastern states have zero Coast to Coast parks in their states. Two others only had 1 or 2 and not in a ctc-master-logogood location for us. One of our options is to stay in a Good Neighbor Park using trip points through Coast to Coast. Normally parks in the rest of the country ask for 1500 trip points per day. In the upper north east they want between 3000 and 4000 per night. Because of these limitations up here we’ve paid more for RV stays this last two months than we normally do in a full year or more. We really work at creating a traveling path that cost us the very least in diesel for travel and in which park we stay in for cost.

passport america indexPassport America up in the northeast does not allow you to stay at their park normally for more than a day or two at a time, and a lot don’t take PA during the summer months. I did find two places that let us stay there for five days and that was after searching through dozens of RV park listings in Passport America. At those two parks we paid almost twice the normal daily rate we are used to at other Passport America parks.

The hills, mountains and valleys are beautiful up here but a good number of the parks have very unlevel parking spaces which cause us to have to use blocks and even one time our back tires were up off the ground. At the one park we were still leaning which causes some disorientation when walking through Dora.

Lastly reservations need to be made up here at least a month in advance to be assured of a spot. That is not the cast in the rest of the country. As long as we made reservations three days in advance we’ve always been able to get a spot.

This will continue until we return to the South which makes for a little darkness over the otherwise amazing places we’ve been blessed to visit. Roy has jumped in and is helping me now with the planning for our travels. It gets so complicated sometimes that I just can’t do it and he even gets quite frustrated with it.

We’ve honestly wished we had unlimited funds to be able to not concern ourselves with this but then we know we are “quite” blessed to be able to do this at all.

I don’t like to complain about things so I hope you find this a little unusual for me. My main reason for sharing this is to prepare other RVers for what to expect in this area.

I’m happy to say we have reservations most everywhere along our path until mid September except for a week or two around Virginia Beach near the end of August.

That’s it for our issues up here in the northeast! Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!!

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04.14.13 TLC Wolf River Resort, Pass Christian, MS

doraleavingtlcOur first weekend experience at an RV campground was a smashing success!  TLC Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian is a nice quiet private campground.  We learned a lot about private versus public campgrounds during the presentation we sat through. You have to be a member of a campground or network of campground to stay at the private one.  Neither of us went into the tlcpool2presentation even considering buying, but that’s what we did.  Lots of benefits to a Coast to Coast membership but the most important to us is having 200 campgrounds countrywide that we can stay at for $0 per night and 200 more for only $10 per night.  Our trip to Minnesota hasn’t been planned yet but it will include all Coast to Coast campgrounds where possible.

It was a new experience for us to set out our big mat and set up our rockers to sit outside under the awning.  We’ve seen so many pictures of people doing this and have sat out in our driveway under the awning but never the real experience!  The people around us were very friendly and we met a real nice couple from Abita Springs, Leroy and Judy.  They had a Fleetwood Excursion like ours but a year newer.  We enjoyed visiting with them outside their RV.  Roy saw the headboard Leroy made for their bed and told me about it.  I’ve been wanting a headboard for our RV bed and theirs sounds perfect so add one more thing to Roy’s long to do list!   When he makes it I’ll post pictures for others that might want to do the same.

We received complimentary buffet tickets to the Hard Rock Casino’s Buffet on the Biloxi Gulf Coast.  It was like a magnificent feast!  We ate Alaskan King Crabs, boiled and ourspotattlcfried shrimp, shrimp salad, fried fish, ribs, turnip greens, and the most scrumptious desserts.  Of course you have to walk through the casino to get to the buffet.  People were smoking all over the place and the droan of sounds coming from all the slot machines were kind of mesmerizing.  We decided to try a couple of penny slot machines and found out they are not just 1 cent, but 50 cents each turn.  $5 was gone within a minute or two.  The next $5 resulted in us winning $20.50 so we left ahead.  I can see how it would be very easy for people to get sucked in and lose a lot.   Between the mega decibels of noise and the smoke in the air I was very ready to get out of there quickly after we pigged out at the buffet.

The rain poured down and the wind was very strong this morning and for a long time we thought we’d be stranded there.  Oh what a shame that would be to be stranded on the Mississippi Gulf Coast near the beach.  Around noon the sun came shining through and we started getting ready to head out.  I took these pictures after the storm and you’ll see some of the standing water in the pictures.  We didn’t take pictures of the back part of the campground near the river but there were beautiful, nicely spaced spots for all size motor homes, 5th wheels and campers.

I’ve been looking into the Minnesota Twins MLB team and hope we can see them play while we’re up there.  I don’t mind supporting them but cannot imagine being anything other than a New Orleans Saint’s fan, no matter what the hometown football team is in Minnesota.

We have our address in Minnesota and it will be: 10176 Bay Club Drive, Kabetogama, MN 56669.  Still not sure how exactly to pronounce Kabetogama but I’m sure we’ll get good at it before long.  It’s near International Falls, MN.  If anyone knows of a good church near there, please let us know.

I’ve made a list of everything I can think of that I need to take care of within the next two weeks and have prioritized it by day.  I’ve completed my two things for today so I’m off to a good start.  I organized the storage areas to make room for the BBQ pit and TV we will buy before we leave for our outside entertainment.  I also created business cards to take with us and give to people we meet.  Roy has a list of sorts and will complete things in his own manner. He doesn’t like the same kind of list I need but we will both get our assigned work done by our departure date.  He had to turn down the opportunity to take care of Madisyn tomorrow which just killed him.   The things on his schedule for tomorrow are just must do things and things he can’t do with a four year old around.  Hopefully we’ll get to spend plenty of time with her before we leave.  Getting Skype set up on our computers is on Roy’s to do list and will help us stay in touch with family back home.

Our real estate agent said the couple that came on Saturday really liked our house and it made their finalist list.  Hopefully we’ll hear something soon!  I have 10 more work days until I retire!  Of course we’ll still be working but it won’t be the same and I can’t wait!  I will miss my coworkers deeply and hope we can stay connected.  Since we all work for the Office of Technology at Southeastern we ought to be able to manage that!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!