Larry Farquhar

Our adventures, from Larrry's viewpoint.

September 2010 Travel Log

September 17, 2010 - Jackson Meadow Recreation Area, Tahoe National Forest, CA: I know it's been a very long time since I've updated our travel log. This is mainly that we haven't been traveling, and Connie is now extremely constant being on Facebook. We've been working again this summer in the Tahoe National Forest on northern California. Larry is a Operations Manager (District Manager) and Connie is the Camp Store Manager. Now that the busy camping season is over, we have time to relax and plan for this winter. We'll finish up here the end of October.

These past months have been fun and frustrating. If you've ever thought about being a camp host, feel free to email me. I manage 22 employees, with most of them being camp hosts. There's various levels of working as a camp host. In some locations, a camp host is an easy job (usually volunteer). At other places, it can be work, but not too hard. Then there's some places where the camp host works real hard. There's many factors that create the level of work. The number and size of the campgrounds, is here an office or not, how is fees collected, how many times a day, the number of toilets to clean, and how busy the campgrounds are all dictate how hard the camp host job will be. The ATTITUDE of the camp host is also EXTREMELY important. I've had camp hosts that have tough jobs, but do a great job and enjoy it because of their wonderful attitude. I've also have camp hosts who have a fairly easy job and complain about everything, making life difficult for themselves.

Connie's Camp Store Connie in HER Store
Connie's Camp Store Connie in HER Store


Connie and I plan to return back here again next year. If I haven't scared you away and you're interested in being a camp host, I'm starting to hire our staff for the 2011 camping season. Being a camp host can be very rewarding. I also need a few good maintenance men to work next summer.

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March 2010 Travel Log

March 7, 2010 - Davis Monthan AFB FamCamp, AZ: After having a great time at the Ortona South Locks on the Caloosahatchee River, we knew we needed to start getting out or Florida. We still had many other military campgrounds we wanted to visit for our other website. That was one of the original reasons for making this trip to the Southeast. We started heading North and stopped at the Escapee RV Park in Wauchula, FL. Since Lazydays had given us 5 free nights stay at their RV Park in Tampa, we decided to stay there for a couple nights. Besides, we get free meals their with the "Crown Club" that came with the purchase of our new coach.

Their RV Park is "okay", but a bit crowded for me. Besides it being a free stay, we also wanted to relax in the hot tub. In addition, we had some registration papers to pick up from them, In addition, our purchase included a free 90-day trial of the Thousand Trails RV Park membership system. If we liked the program, they would waive the $7000 initial registration fee for us to join the Thousand Trail system, only paying the $500 annual dues. We selected the West Coast zone, knowing that's where we spend most of our time. If we decide to join, we figure we'll need to use their parks at least 21 days a year to pay for itself. Once you're a member, stays are free. Our rules allow us to stay 2 weeks free, then out for a week, than back into any TT park free for another 2 weeks. We could repeat this system all year. If someone uses these parks, it could be a great deal.

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January 2010 Travel Log

January 25, 2010 - Ortona South Locks, Corps of Engineer, FL: These past couple of months have gone by pretty quick. In December, we rushed from Alabama to Florida to see about purchasing a new motor home. You can read about that experience and decision here. We ordered the Tiffin Phaeton and had to wait for it to be built and delivered.

In mid December, our daughter Cynthia (and friend Melanie) flew in from Arizona to spend a week with us at Disney Cindy_DisneyworldWorld. Since our Jeep doesn't have a back seat, we planned on renting a car. But wait! We figured it would be more cost effective to camp at Disney Worlds "Fort Wilderness" campground and NOT rent another car. This would save on renting a car (which would sit in the parking lot most of the time), and save on the daily parking fees. In addition, Disney would provide a free shuttle for the girls to and frm the airport. So we stayed a week at "Fort Wilderness"! It worked out very well, as the girls could have their own schedule to visit the various Disney parks, without relying on us for transportation. The campground was $66 a night, except the last night being $99. WOW! That's the most we've ever paid (and want to pay) for a campground. But this was the weekend before Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, MANY of the RV's in the campground decorated MORE than I've seen regular houses decorated. TONS of lights, animation, and blow-up decorations all over the place. We all had a great time that week. Connie and I really enjoyed spending time with Cindy and Melanie. Friends Bob and Joyce Childre, who live in central Florida, also came down to Fort Wilderness for a few days. We spent the days with them visiting the various Disney parks, while the girls went off at their own pace.

We called the Tiffin motorhome factory to see when our new Phaeton would be scheduled to be built. It was scheduled for December 14th. We would liked to have gone and watch it being built. but we spent the week at Disney World instead. We could have gone to Alabama afterwards, but the new motorhome would be in the paint shop by then. Watching paint dry didn't sound too exciting. Instead, we headed east to Melbourne, FL to stay at Patrick AFB for a few weeks while we waited for delivery of the new coach.

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October 2009 Travel Log

10/31/09 - Rachel, NV - Happy Halloween!We've closed all the campgrounds and are now heading to Arizona. As a change of pace, we decided to go through Nevada instead of California. Since we've never been in this part of Nevada, we decided to go a little out of the way and drive the "Extraterrestrial Highway". This road borders the infamous Area 51. We stopped for the night at the "A'Le'Inn" in Rachel, Nevada. This little diner has RV sites and tons of stuff on Aliens. We'd heard about it and wanted to see for ourselves. A cute little diner with photos and alien souveniers. Just another tourist gimmick (which worked to get us here). But the lucky part was they had a free BBQ rib dinner to celebrate Halloween. Many of the local residents had a get together at the diner and invited us to join them. Good food!

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September 2009 Travel Log

9/15/09 - Jackson Meadow Recreation Area, CA - Things have finally slowed down around here. Not many campers coming in, although the weather is still nice. Since business is slowing down. I've had to lay-off some camp hosts and reduce the work hours of the others. We're now keeping our new store open only on the weekends. Even then, it doesn'tmake much money. I almost feel like we'd be better off closing everything now and leaving. It still costs a BUNCH of money just to keep thngs open for the few campers we get. But this is also the timeof the year that maintenance can catch up on painting. We also enjoy the quiet campgounds and actually have time off! We'll start closing the campgrounds in about a month, with the last once to close the end of October.

We've started making our winter travel plans. Last year, we sat still for a few months in Arizona. That was the first winter we didn't move around. This year, we plan to make a trip to Florida. But first, we'll be heading further north to Bellingham, Washngton to visit our eldest daughter (Leslie). She and her family are moving up there any day now. We'll go there and spend a week, getting a grand baby fix, then head to Queen Creek, Arizona for another week with our youngest daughter (Cynthia). Then it's almost a straight trip to Melbourne, Florida. We'd like to get to Patrick AFB by the middle of December. Disney World has a Military Appreciation offer going on until December 23rd. Being retired military, Larry can get a FREE 5-day park hopper pass and Connie can get the same pass for half-price. We already took advantage of the California Disneyland offer earlier this year. It's been a few years since we've visited Disney World. Connie really likes Epcot Center.

We wanted to do some RV traveling this winter. SInce we're limited to the southern states for warmer weather, we figured FLiroda was a good destination. We enjoyed our last visit there in 2006. We plan to visit MANY military campgrounds and RV Parks along the way, to update the informatin and write reviews for our U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Parks website. Besides Disney World, we also plan to attend the HUGE Tampa RV Show. We'll also be conducting our "4th Annual Website Users Gathering" for the MIlitary Campgrounds website. We have a couple other winter projects planned that we'll talk about later. We figure we'll take about 45 days to visit Washington, Arizona and travel to Florida. Then stay in Florida for about another 45 days, then slowly make our way back to Northern California, via Arizona, for the next two months. As usual, all plans are written in "jello" and can change every hour. The only deadline we have is to be back in Northern California the first week of April for another season of working in the Tahoe National Forest.

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