Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Daily Grind

 

It has been a long time since I have updated this blog. Since our kids left us about a month ago we have settled back down into our daily chores. The campground is full and we have been very busy. On our two days off we have not been doing very much but getting caught up with laundry, groceries and our financials.

Hitch itch is starting to set in and we are only at the halfway point. Some of the campers that come in really leave a big mess to clean up, and sometimes the mess in the restrooms require a hazmat suit. It is only a small percentage but the mess they leave can ruin your day. I think our human tolerance level is getting full. We are looking forward to the day when we can just be retired again and slip off somewhere and be alone.

This company manages many campgrounds in California and several are located here in the San Bernardino Mountains. They have had several Camp Hosts quit at other campgrounds so they have been scrambling to get things done. They ended up having to move the other camp host couple that we worked with to another campground. I do not think they were too happy about it. The campground has no electricity so they will have to run their generator all the time. The company will supply the fuel for it but still I would not want to put the wear and tear on my generators.

So with the other couple gone, we have more to do. We start at 8am and will work straight to 1pm and stop for lunch. If it is a light day for checkouts we can usually get a few hours off in the afternoon. We go back out from 3:30 to 4:30 to check bathrooms, then come home for dinner. We then head back out around 6:30 to check compliance on vehicle tags and to make sure the vehicles are backed into the sites per the fire codes. We will also have firewood on our cart to sell and then give the bathrooms a final check around 8pm. It makes for a long day when we have to break up our 8 hours. We usually will make it back to the rig around 9pm. We are technically never off duty during our 5 days on.

Last week we celebrated our 36 year anniversary by driving to the coast to check out some campgrounds that are close to the beach. We checked out Carlsbad South State Beach and was not too impressed. We do not think we could fit in most of the sites and at 50 dollars a night plus another 14 for the extra vehicle, 65 dollars a night for what we saw did not trip our value meter. We also checked out San Clemente State Park. It had a nicer campground but still not the beach camping we are looking for. Our beach fix might have to wait until we get to Oregon.

We stopped by the casino on the way home for some seafood and to give our donation to the slot machines. It was a fun day trip and it was good to get away for awhile. We do not have much planed for the next month or so. We are not sure how long our season will be here. After Labor Day it will slow down and they could let us go at anytime after that, but since we are the only camp hosts here, we think they will keep us until the park closes or close to it which is in November.

That’s it for now, not much to blog about when we are stationary for such a long time.

Enjoy Your Day!

 

 

 

10 comments:

Steve and Joan said...

Happy belated Anniversary! Your not making the job sound too exciting to Steve. He wants to work his hours and be done. Not sure what we will do next summer but looking forward to our Volunteer position at Lake Mead this fall. Not sure how far Las Vegas is to you but maybe we could get together before you leave California.

Anonymous said...

Dang,, it makes me tired just reading what you do each day. I'd come help you but I'm afraid it would just dig into my down time to much. You understand don't ya??!!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

I must be retired to long, I actually thought this was going to be about coffee:)

Mike and Terri said...

Happy anniversary! Gosh, you're really keeping busy! Glad you were able to slip away for awhile to celebrate your anniversary.

Catherine, Jo Beth and Grace said...

Happy anniversary! Bummer that you are having to pick up the slack for other camp hosts- just like work isn't it? Some things never change. I cleaned bathrooms at a research lab in college and I was amazed at what people can do to a bathroom even in an office building.
Hang in there, hope we can meet up sometime again.

gypsygirl said...

Happy Anniversary! Hang in there, 6 months is a long time to be in one spot but think of all the money you ate saving.

John and Carol said...

Happy Anniversary. We know all about hitch itch. We've been stationary for almost five months and are looking forward to being back on the road. You certainly have a lot required of you for this "gig". Hope to see you back on the road soon.

John and Carol said...

Happy Anniversary. We know all about hitch itch. We've been stationary for almost five months and are looking forward to being back on the road. You certainly have a lot required of you for this "gig". Hope to see you back on the road soon.

Dan and Tricia said...

Happy Belated Anniversary! People can be slobs at times. Ugh

Janice L Evans said...

good to get an update from you guys. . .