Larry Farquhar

Our adventures, from Larrry's viewpoint.

November 2011 Travel Log

November 24, 2011 - Seabreeze RV Park, Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, CA: Happy Thanksgiving! I had some free time, so thought I'd try to bring you up to date on what we've been doing all year. Yes - we're still living and traveling full time in our new motor home. With summer work and maintaing 8 web sites, I don't have much free time to write on this web site. I mainly keep this site operational for reference.

We had another great summer working in the Tahoe National Forest. The summer went pretty smooth without any serious camper problems. However, next year (2012), we're moving to work in the Inyo National Forest. We'll be withe same company, but just in a different location. Larry will still be an "Operations Manager", but Connie will become an "Administrative Assistant". She'll miss not having her own Camp Store to manage and operate. Instead, she'll be doing whatever is needed to help Larry run the place. We'll be staying in a campground in Mammoth Lakes, CA. But now we'll have full hook-ups! For the past three years, we haven't had much electric all summer. While we adjusted, it sure will be nice to always have electric to run everything!

The area we'll be working in encoompasses the Mammoth Lakes area, the Reds Meadow area, June Lake, and many campgrounds on Tioga Pass. This entire area is a popular tourist area. For the past three years, we've had a quite, hidden area to manage. Now, we'll be in a high traffic area. We'll have about 66 employees (hosts and maintenance) work with us, and about 3 times the revenue and expenses to manage. It'll be different, but we're looking forward to it.

After our recent work season concluded (end of October), we headed to the Seattle area for a couple weeks. We enjoyed visiting with Kenny and Wendy Ayers (Larry's sister). We also visited with our eldest daughter Leslie and her husband Andy, along woth our grand daughters Kaylee and Khloe. We stayed at the Burien Elks Lodge for most of the two weeks. While on a noisy highway, the price is good. Besides, there's not may places in the city for a large RV to stay. We had full hook-ups at this Elks lodge for $15 a night. As a special bonus, Andy gave Leslie a birthday present of paying for our youngest daughter, Cindy, to fly up from Arizona for a week. Cindy stayed with us for the week, so we had our entire immediate family together. It was great, impromptu family renuion.

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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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