Functionin' at the Junction! Our new winter home!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Dec 31, 2008

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

  We've settled into our winter "home", and started working (but not very hard!) as camp hosts here in Apache Junction, Arizona, about 40 miles east of Phoenix, at the foot of the Superstition Mountains.  Our job as camp hosts entails being on duty every other week (weeknight evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday) to register and lead  any late-arrival guests to their RV sites when the office is closed.    Our site is close to the front gate, which closes every evening, so we can see if a motorhome, fifth wheel, or trailer shows up at the gate - we let them in, hop in the provided golf cart, and show them to their assigned site.  This park has over 500 sites, and there are mobile homes (park models) on about half of them, so it's still a  pretty busy RV park, with many, many snowbirds who come back here every year.  There are very large contingents of Minnesotans here, and a lot of Canadians from the Western Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.  A surprising number of French Canadians from the Province of Quebec come every year, as well.  I took that information as an opportunity to refresh my knowledge of French, so I offered to translate the resort's rules into French so they can be handed out to the Quebecoise when they come in...of course that's a much easier project with the help of so many online translators, but it was fun to read through it and tweak it - and today I met a woman from Montreal at the pool with whom I attempted a bit of a conversation with my rusty "Franglais"!  Of course, a job like this does not have much in the way of pay involved, but the great benefit is having a site and utilities paid - and of course, not moving = not spending, which is a very good thing!  
   We will be moving a little bit in the next few weeks, though, as we're flying back to Michigan over Thanksgiving to celebrate my Mom's 90th Birthday with a little party, and when we return, we'll take the "home" to Southern California for two weeks so we can get our annual doctor appointments taken care of, and we'll manage to see as many of our old friends there as we can squeeze into that short time.  The company Christmas party that we always have such a good time at has been a victim of the hard times, so we'll miss that annual dress-up event this year.  : (  
   We also took a little jaunt this past weekend, driving the car back up to Cottonwood (where we were about three weeks ago) to visit my old friend Sherry, and to do a few odd jobs around the house for her.  Greg likes nothing better than to have an opportunity to fire up his cordless drill and tackle a project or two - and he was happy to be able to help Sherry get a few things accomplished before she has surgery this week.  We really have enjoyed being able to spend some time with her  - and until last month, I hadn't seen her in about 11 years!
  But, after those three weeks, we'll be back here 'til mid-April, when we'll enjoy the spring race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway before starting back towards Michigan for my niece's wedding and related events.  We're hoping we'll get a work-camping job at the resort we normally stay at in Michigan, too, which will give us a place to stay during the summer months.   Of course we're going to miss our usual wild and crazy travel schedule, and the opportunity to visit so many of you as we travel the world as we know it...but with the way the drop in the market has affected our retirement's what we've gotta do!  We'll still manage to squeeze in a few visits here and there, as we move from work-camping job to work-camping job, and when we get some time off from these jobs, we can take shorter trips in the car, instead of always moving the "house".  For now, it's another phase of our "Great Adventure" - and an opportunity to stay in one place long enough to get to know some people, and to learn the layout of the grocery store!
   A couple of things I know that I like a lot already...the most amazing sunsets out in front of us every evening; the pink glow of the reflected sunsets on the Superstition Mountains behind us site every evening; and the 86 degree pool (which was actually a couple degrees too warm on this 90 degree afternoon!).  This area is also a lot more metropolitan than many of our RV parks are, so there are lots of choices of grocery stores, department stores, and malls - something I'm not used to having!  It's also kind of neat that the American AND the Canadian Flags are flying on the flagpoles outside our rig, and between them, one of the tallest palm trees ever, with rope lights decorating it, all the way up the trunk! 
  So, that's what's up with us, as we near the end of 2008...we'll give you some of the stats about our total travels this year in a later blog!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE! 
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starlagurl on

Those ARE...
some nice sunsets. You are lucky to find a job like the one you found here. Very cool blog, thanks for writing it.

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

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