02.21.19 SALE PENDING!!! Coast to Coast Premier RV Resort Network Membership For Sale

UPDATE: WE HAVE A SALE PENDING ON 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 SALE PENDING!!!Coast to Coast Premier RV Resort Network Membership For Sale

UPDATE: WE HAVE A SALE PENDING ON 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

04.03.16 Mississippi Gulf Coast – Week Two 03.28.16 to 04.03.16

hello aprilMonday, April 4, 2016 – Our last week on the Mississippi Gulf Coast was great!

Last week started with news of our granddaughter Kallie being in a serious ATV accident on Sunday evening. She was thrown from the ATV after it hit a telephone pole, was in the hospital for the evening and has been recovering since. Nothing broken but lots of bruises and she was on crutches for a few days. We went back to Ponchatoula and visited her on Wednesday. She was doing really well by then and could get around without the crutches mostly. Her daddy plays the drums so we asked her to show us her skills on the drums which is what you’ll see in the picture.

20160330_170829 (Medium) While we were in town we ate at our favorite Hammond Chinese buffet, China Palace.

Roy doesn’t like to get out and about as much as I do so there are times he stays home and I go!

On Monday I spent some time shopping on the Beach where I found a wonderful Goodwill, Sears and Dillards! Edgewater Mall is an old, but newly renovated Mall that I remember shopping at as a child with my sister and brother-in-law! I came back refreshed from my shopping with a new summer wardrobe, most of it from Goodwill so it was very low in cost!!

On Tuesday I went to the beach to read and enjoy the sun, water, waves, birds and the sounds of children playing and families laughing together! It was a beautiful sunny day even if the winds were pretty strong on the beach. I tucked everything in, sat in my lawn chair, put my hat on with lots of suntan lotion on my skin and read taking a break from time to time to enjoy watching the birds and the families playing! Here’s some photos of the beach and the birds.

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On my way home I took a longer route where I could see some of the beautiful mansions on the Gulf Coast. The coast is around 30 miles long so these are just a few of the homes to see. Maybe 1/3 of the original homes before Katrina have been rebuilt. Some cities were more destroyed than others. Pass Christian, where we are,

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Thursday evening was the Bomb Diggity Best!!! We were told about the All You Can Eat Dungeness crabs on the buffet at the Treasure Bay Casino. After having experienced the disappointment and high cost of eating one Dungeness crab in San Francisco we said yes sir, that is for us! Here’s a link to the San Francisco crab eating experience so you’ll know what I’m talking about! The picture of the one crab we ate there is pretty far down that day’s blog post but check it out and read about that experience! San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

We paid $42.95 plus tax for one very lite (we call them kites in Louisiana, they are only partially full) that we split between us in California. Here on the Gulf Coast we ate 5 overly full crabs (Dungeness are bigger than most blue crabs), a few pounds of boiled crawfish, lots of fried fish and fried shrimp and delicious deserts for $47.00 for both of us at the All You Can Eat Buffet. Treasure Bay is not the most upscale, thrilling place we’ve visited but the food more than makes up for it and the place is quite clean. They give a 15 percent Senior discount so if that applies to you be sure to ask for it.

We ate for TWO HOURS and made ourselves stop before we couldn’t walk out! Here’s some pictures of our dinner at this newly discovered favorite eating place on the coast.

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Friday, the skies opened and rain poured and poured and poured all day. We didn’t go anywhere and enjoyed the sound of rain on the roof!

Saturday, see the Iron Magnolia Antiques Post

This Sunday we went to church at First Baptist Church of Bay St. Louis, MS. We do not normally go to Bay St. Louis but it is a really lovely area. Here is a picture of the wonderful choir at the church and some of the beautiful homes along the water there!

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Sunday Chip, Misty and Kallie came to visit us before we leave here. We went back to the Dungeness Crab buffet one last time! Here’s some photos of us walking through the RV resort we are in and along the beach in Biloxi! Knowing we won’t see our wonderful family for a while is sad but they are all in a good place and doing well! We are so thankful we’ve had this time at home to get to know Chip’s new wife, Misty, and his new step daughter, Kallie! We’ve had special visits with them each time we’ve gotten together.

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20160403_142922 (Medium) 20160403_142752 (Medium) 20160403_142649 (Medium) 20160403_142606 (Medium) We left the Mississippi Gulf Coast this morning after taking some final Mississippi photos of Dora and Boots on the beach! We are at Wilderness RV Resort in Robertsdale, Alabama for the next two weeks. This is an okay park where we only pay $2 per night because we want 50 amp electricity. We are about 35 miles from both Mobile and Pensacola so we’ll be visiting both while we’re here!

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Here are links to previous blogs about stays in this area, They are in date order:

https://rosalynandroy.com/2013/04/13/first-weekend-camping-experience/

https://rosalynandroy.com/2013/04/14/tlc-wolf-river-resort-pass-christian-ms/

https://rosalynandroy.com/2014/01/16/you-never-know-what-youll-find-if-you-just-stop-and-look/

https://rosalynandroy.com/2014/01/16/hot-roding-down-the-coast-on-a-beautiful-sunny-day/

https://rosalynandroy.com/2014/01/18/3873/

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04.02.16 Iron Magnolia Antiques in Pass Christian, Mississippi

20160402_140856 (Medium)Saturday, April 2, 2016 -WARNING!  WARNING!  My photos today are not great, but at the bottom you’ll find a link to their website where you can get a better idea of what’s here to fall in love with at Iron Magnolia Antiques!

Roy and I went out today to pick up prescriptions at Walgreen’s in Long Beach.   On our way back to the RV park we passed by Iron Magnolia Antiques.  We’ve driven by here several times but this time stopped.  I would not think they had so very much to see until we started looking around.  All sorts of outdoor decorations can be found in the large yard around the shop.  We loved one in particular but found it wasn’t for sale!  My dear friend Cindy LeBlanc would love this place and probably buy a lot so I hope she reads today’s blog post!

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ShopFrontInside the two houses that are connected you can roam and see sooooo much wonderful stuff!  My photos didn’t come out as well as I wish they did BUT you can check out lots of great photos on their website.    They only show a tiny bit of what’s in there.  From outside I never would have believed there would all of this inside!  The owner, Linda Ladnier was very nice and showed me some things I missed.  I have to say that if we still had a house I would have left there with an empty pocketbook and a full trunk!!  I’ll share her contact information so you’ll know where to find this great place if your on the Gulf Coast.

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Here’s their information:

Iron Magnolia Antiques and Collectibles
6030 Menge Ave.
Pass Christian, MS 39571
Ph: (228) 918-6468
Hours: 7 days a week, 12 – 5

Great directions are available on the website!! www.IronMagnoliaAntiques.com
Owner:  Linda Lanier

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02.25.14 We’ve been working, playing with Madisyn, visiting family and friends and a little bitty bit of resting!

1559840_10203090630734763_294273035_nI dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the street and not be questioned about their motives.”
-anonymous

We’re back at our Coast to Coast home park, TLC Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian, MS for 3 weeks.  Madisyn’s 5th birthday party is March 15th so that’s our main purpose for being here at this time.

It’s also one of our favorite parks to stay at, especially when we get to live next to the lazy river for the first 11 days.  Since where we’re parked is the prime area at this resort we’ll have to move before the second weekend we’re here to a location up front.  Nothing wrong with the front, it just doesn’t have the river flowing by it!

A lot of our time in the future will be spent working at our new job, but we do intend to continue including a good bit of sightseeing as we travel.  It’s so thrilling to Roy and I to be part of this new RV opportunity that I’m bursting at the seams wanting to share all about the company with you.  I have been asked to wait a bit longer so I will, but know that when it comes out all RVers will be burning up the wires about this one!!!

We went to Hammond on Saturday night to visit with Chip, Kim and the boys and Madisyn.  Braxton, one of the twins, was sick with a high fever and had to go to the hospital so we at with Chip and Madisyn.  On their way back from the hospital Kim and Braxton came by.  It’s been several weeks since he’s seen us so he was a little concerned at first about jumping in our arms but he warmed up and we were loving on  him good before long.    Of course, we loved seeing Kim, super mom, also!!

Sunday morning went went to our home church, Trinity Baptist where an evangelist/singer Kenny Evans preached and sang.  He sings in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee about half the year and visits churches around the country the rest.  HE WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!  What a tremendous blessing it was to be in a room full of our dear friends hearing this man proclaiming his love for the Lord through word and song.  We purchased two of his CDs, one is 10 hymns and the other is 10 oldies songs with a word or two changed, sung from a Christian heart.   Songs like “How sweet it is to be loved by you” and “You raise me up”, “Lean on me” and “Top of the world”.  His 12 year old daughter Savannah sings four of the songs and has a remarkable voice for someone so young.  Our son Chip came to church with us at Trinity since Kim had to stay home with the boys and they couldn’t go to their church together.

After church we picked Madisyn up and have her for most of the week visiting with us since she’s off school for Mardi Gras.  Yes for those of you not from Louisiana, we have up to a week off school for this one day holiday.  This is serious business here, but mostly we just enjoyed the time off work that comes along with it.

The last time we had Madisyn for any length of time was a year ago when we went to Disney with her, and this little girl has grown up so much in just that year.  She’ll be 5 on Tuesday and it seems like just yesterday we were at the hospital waiting for her to be born!  She amazed us last night when she wanted to text her mom and dad and she knew how to do it and how to spell everything using the typewriter.  She made a little friend here instantly.  Her name is Sophie and she’s 7 but you’d think they were the same age.  They ran up the little hills and down the little hills and up and down and on and on. I needed to work uninterrupted for a while today so Paw Paw and Madisyn went off on the coast running errands and playing on the beach and picking up burgers at McDonald’s.  We ordered Papa John’s pizza this evening and I’m loving this not cooking!

Since birthday day to a 5 year old is tremendously important we’ll be having a very special day with her tomorrow.  A special breakfast is planned and we’ll go to Covington tomorrow afternoon to meet up with her family for a Chuck E. Cheese mini-party to celebrate the birthday day.

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Happy Mardi Gras everyone!  It is tomorrow for those who do not know~!

Here’s a link to a YouTube video of Al Jackson singing “It’s Carnival Time”.  This song will be placed thousands of times tomorrow throughout New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast as the carnival spirit oozes its way through everyone whether they are celebrating on the streets or not!

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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!

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04.13.13 First weekend camping experience…….

We’re camping for the weekend at Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian MS.  This is our first experience just by ourselves and so far we’re really enjoying it.  I’ve noticed some differences in being here and living in our driveway and wanted to start off by sharing those.

The difference between sitting in our driveway and looking out the windows, or sitting outside here at the RV campground and watching people ride bike or walk their dogs or sit outside playing cars, is like dull vs. refreshing!  Yes we’ve been full time RVing since November but this is really the first time Roy and I have been away by ourselves to experience REAL full time RVing.

Several difference we’ve noticed so far:

We’re using someone else’s electricity so opening the screen door and the windows while the air is running is okay.  I wouldn’t want to do too much of that when we’re using our employers electricity but at any other campground that would be okay.  I know it’s not ecologically correct but having been brought up to turn every light out when not in use, this is a little taste of freedom!

There is nothing I NEED to be doing.  I’ve always felt I couldn’t rest or relax when there were things that NEEDED to be done.  While living in the driveway, there was always the house or the garage that needed something to be accomplished to get everything sold or the house kept in order to show if anyone wanted to see it!  Here there is only the choice between staying inside and resting or piddling and going outside and watching or going around and taking in the sights.  None of which has to be done so I can finally relax.  Roy says he feels the same way.

This morning I woke up and heard something outside and saw Roy’s side of the bed was empty so I thought he must have gotten up and gone outside to do something.  I got up and found him asleep on the sofa.  I realized that living in the driveway I’ve grown so use to knowing that if I heard a sound outside it was him.  Now it could also be someone else that’s parked near us, and it was.  That may sound very minor but in our little world it’s not!

We’re also use to being the only ones who can hear us talking when parked in our driveway.  Now we’re parked near, while not next to, other RVs and those people can hear us.  That one will take some getting use to because our private conversations after 40 years of marriage are unique and not necessarily for the outside world to hear!

Those are a few of the differences we’ve noticed first off.  I’m sure there will be many more as we experience more of this real RV full timing!

Some have asked us what our winter plans are after leaving Minnesota.  There is nothing specific planned yet but we will be applying to Disneyworld and Disneyland and other deep south campgrounds and resorts for the winter months.  If our house sells we’ll be able to be open up our working opportunities because of not needing the additional income, just wanting an RV site.  We would hope to pass through Louisiana around Thanksgiving or Christmas to be with family and see our friends and church friends.   I’ll be applying for those jobs soon since when they start hiring for winter and will post when we have something lined up.  Disneyworld is our preference.

walmartbeachYesterday evening we had our first experience broadening our horizons outside of our lifetime of living in southern Louisiana.  We went to the Wal-Mart on the Gulf Cost and it was ON THE BEACH!  Seeing the beach in front of us when walking out the store door was amazing so I took a picture.  The sky was a brilliant blue and pink and the picture doesn’t nearly capture the depth of the colors.  This store is a super duper mega Wal-Mart, nothing like our little Hammond store which I always thought was a big one.  On the mayonnaise aisle just in the Hellman’s brand they had 8 different varieties.  We were like country bumpkins let loose in the big city.  If seeing a different Wal-Mart is a neat experience can you imagine what seeing the Grand Canyon will be like.  What sheltered lives we’ve led!

Time for me to get out of here and enjoy the beautiful outside life around here.  There have been so many thoughts I wanted to share that I had to get them down while they were fresh.  I’ll write more later.  I’m including one picture of Roy actually hooking up Boots to Dora for the first time getting ready to take him on his maiden voyage.  I tookroyhookingup a bunch more pictures of Roy hooking up Boots behind Dora and he promises me he’ll dictate (notice I didn’t say he’d write it) a blog about all he did to Boots to ready him for the experience ahead of us.  When that day comes the pictures will help tell that story much better.

I truly hope everyone is having a warm clear day and enjoying it to its fullest like we are!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

04.10.13 Northward bound to live in Minnesota!

Big News!  Not that we haven’t been planning for this forever and ever and ever but finally the moment has arrived, well soon anyway!  No we haven’t sold the house.  However, Dora, Boots and the Explorers (Roy and Rosalyn) will be heading north on April 30th or May 1st to LIVE and WORK at Northern Lights Resort in northern Minnesota on the Canada border.  We’ll begin work between May 8th and May 15th and work until October 1st before the snow starts falling!  We got a workamping job there where they will pay us salary plus a full hook up RV site.

resortlayout.This is from the Northern Lights Resort home page “Our beautiful family-friendly cabin resort is surrounded by wilderness in a secluded bay on 16 acres, with nearly ¼ mile of shoreline. Lake Kabetogama (Ka-be-tow-ga-ma) is one of a chain of wilderness Border Lakes with majestic scenery and part of Voyageurs National Park on the Minnesota, Ontario border.

Northern Lights Resort (NLRO) is just a few miles from the Canada border and we will be able to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) from there.  Roy’s always wanted to see that.   They say it can be seen 200 times during the year.  Sure hope that’s while we’re there!

When we got the job offer call from them this morning I had to repress a big scream of happiness but turning my resignation in this morning was rough.  My boss Donna is my dearest friend and while I know she’s personally happy for us she’s not wanting to lose an employee.  I’ll be starting the retirement paperwork in the morning, with April 26th being my last work day.  We’ve retired one time before about 7 years ago but certainly didn’t move out of town much less 1,450 miles away!  That retirement lasted two years, let’s see how long we can make this one last!

We’re hoping to spend plenty of time with out little Madisyn before we go and she’s coming to spend the night tonight and play with Paw Paw while Grannie goes to work in the morning. Paw Paw has all the fun!

Then we’re headed to Pass Christian for a little taste of RV traveling life and will be staying in an RV park there not too far from the coast.  First time we’ll be taking Boots our toad on the road and I’m hoping for a good experience with that.

Don’t know how much posting I’ll be able to do now that we know crunch time is here but I know we’ll be posting about our travels through the US towards Minnesota.  If anyone has suggestions for RV parks along that route, please lt us know!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!