Happy New Year!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2012

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Countryside RV Resort

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Sunday, January 1, 2012

   Sitting at the pool today, here in our park at the base of the Superstition Mountains, I couldn't help but think how wonderful our life has been, and how lucky we are to be able to live this way!    It's New Year's Day, it was 80 degrees, we've been spending time with Jess, Tom and Zach, who live about 20 minutes away, in Gilbert - and last week, Keri was here from Boston for a week!  What's not to love?
   A quick review of exactly where and why we're here, and what we're doing:  This is Countryside RV Resort, and Encore (ELS) park, which is all part of the Thousand Trails family now.  We spent the winter of 2008-2009 here, when we served as Camp Hosts, escorting in RVers who arrived after hours.  This winter, we're actual employees, working 20+ hours a week.  I work in the office, checking in guests, collecting electric bills from seasonal and annual residents, making reservations, doing projects, etc.  Greg is working maintenance around the park, doing handyman plumbing, electrical, property clean-up, and generally helping out.  We started near the end of November, and will be here until early April.   At that time, we'll head back to Cedarlane RV Park, in Pt. Clinton, Ohio. 
   The two parks are VERY different -  Countryside is more like a traditional mobile home park - it's all concrete and gravel, with more than half of the 560 sites being taken by permanent park models.  70 of the residents live here year-round, and the rest are pretty much snowbirds.  Many of these seasonal residents have been coming to this park every winter for 20+ years - so they really are close friends!   I'd say that about 3/4 of the winter residents are from Minnesota, with a liberal dose of Michiganders and other Midwesterners.  We also have a good sized contingent from the Western Provinces of Canada.   In late January and February, we will have caravans of a couple dozen or so RV's coming in to stay (from 4 days to 3+ weeks) from Quebec.  We always enjoy brushing up on our French language skills to help out when these visitors arrive.  I translated the park rules into French 3 years ago, and have just checked them out and we'll be using them again this year.
   Cedarlane, our summer working home, is more like a traditional campground - although about half of the 300+ sites there are seasonal campers - they are still campers!  All are trailers or 5th wheels (except for maybe 2-3 "getaway cabin" style park models) - and even the Seasonal Campers are mostly there on weekends, or for a few weeks out of the summer only.  At Cedarlane, we'll have ~150 campers coming in every weekend all summer, while the majority of our RVers here at Countryside will be coming in this week and staying for one to three months!
   So, other than our move from Arizona to Ohio in April, and our travels after we leave Ohio next Fall (we don't know where we'll head then), most of this year's blog will be more every day life, with a few side adventures thrown in!  (You didn't think we'd REALLY sit totally still for that long, did you?)
   Come Along - we're happy to have you join us!
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