2021 Travel Log

 

This page is our travel log for the year 2021. This way our family and friends can see where we visited and stayed at throughout the year as well as future confirmed reservations on where we will be staying or are planning to be staying at. We will update this page as we travel or should our travel plans change. The oldest entry is at the top of the page and the most recent entry is at the bottom of the page. We started traveling fulltime on June 22, 2011; we started living fulltime in our RV in May 2010 while we were preparing our home for sale and selling off most of our possessions. This is our 11th year of fulltime traveling and our 12th year of living fulltime in our motor coach.

Here is a link to Our Visited Places; this is our page listing all of the places that we have been to together "as a couple" since 1996.

Date(s) Location Event/Resort and Travel Notes
12/03/20 -
01/02/21
Indio, CA Stayed at WorldMark Indio (Room 4302) in Indio, CA for 30 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR suite, 1 BA, with a Full Kitchen. This resort is one of Debbie's favorite WorldMark properties. We chose this resort for our Christmas 2020 and New Year's Day 2021 holidays. This resort is located in the Coachella Valley of the Palm Springs area. We love WorldMark and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: From 12/06/20 to 01/07/21, the Commiefornia Governor Newsome locked down the state as part of the COVID PLANdemic/SCAMdemic. Because we were already checked into the resort for a 30 night stay, we were allowed to stay. From 12/17/20 to 01/02/21, we were the ONLY guests checked into this resort. It was strange having the entire place to ourselves for over 2 weeks, when the resort has 100s of rooms. It was like being at a humongous, fancy ghost town, and the hand-full of remaining staff were there to only serve us. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Note: We were able to park our RV in a gravel parking  lot close to the timeshare.

Note: Both of us took care of Doctor and Dental Appointments since in the same area for an extended period of time.

01/02/21 -
01/04/21
Indio, CA Dry Camped at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino (Indian Casino Free Dry Camping) in Indio, CA for 02 nights. Large, level gravel parking lot with plenty of room and space. Day temp high of 65F and night temp low of 40F.  (Latitude: 3343'25.24"N / Longitude: 11611'42.88"W)
01/04/21 -
01/18/21
Palm Desert, CA Camped at Palm Springs RV Resort (Thousand Trails) (Site 184) in Palm Desert, CA for 14 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. This campground is situated in the Coachella Valley. This is a very nice 25 acre Thousand Trails preserve with 401 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $585.00 allows unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 110 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!

Note: Our annual maintenance fee will be going up from $585.00 to $595.53 starting on 01/24/21. Our dues will raise one more time after that in January 2022, and then will be locked in for life with no more raises starting in August 2022.

01/18/21 -
02/15/21
Cathedral City, CA Camped at Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort (Thousand Trails/Encore) (Site 128) in Cathedral City, CA for 28 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. This Encore RV Park is located in the beautiful Coachella Valley of California. There are 135 concrete parking pads with full hook-ups, and 15 sites will fit 45 foot rigs. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $595.53 allows unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 110 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails/Encore Campground!
02/15/21 -
03/22/21
Menifee, CA Camped at Wilderness Lakes RV Resort (Thousand Trails) (Site 327) in Menifee, CA for 35 nights in a 30 Amp FHU site. We are allowed an extra week stay twice per year for a $29.00 fee which we used to extend this stay from 28 to 35 nights. This campground has canals with ducks, geese, and other water birds. It is located in Riverside County of Southern California with a short drive to fishing & boating lakes, the ocean beaches, pine covered mountains, and several large SoCal cities. This is a very nice 80 acre Thousand Trails preserve with 523 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $595.53 allows unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 110 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!
03/22/21 -
03/29/21
Beaumont, CA Camped at Cherry Valley Lakes Resort (C2C/RPI) (Site 45) in Beaumont, CA for 07 nights in a 30 Amp FHU. This campground has 100 total campsites, with more than half being big rig friendly. This is a very nice Colorado River Adventures campground that allows booking through C2C and RPI. We are C2C Deluxe/RPI Preferred Gold with Resort Connections members. These private campground memberships allow their members to use affiliated public RV parks for C2C Deluxe for $9.20 daily & RPI Preferred $10.00 daily for FHU sites. This campground has nice amenities, two fishing ponds, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT so this is a highly recommended RV Park!
03/29/21 -
03/30/21
Hesperia, CA We spent the night at our friend's home in their guest room. They let us store our RV on their property three different times this year so we could stay in timeshares for several months. Ski Resorts such as Lake Tahoe, Big Bear, Brian Head, Vail, Salt Lake City, and others have massive availability during the spring & fall shoulder seasons when no snow skiing and no summer vacation. Desert destinations such as Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Lake Havasu, Phoenix, Yuma, and Scottsdale are full of timeshare availability during the hot summer months. When staying in hot summer climates we do most outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours, and do inside activities with air conditioning or hang out in a shaded area around the swimming pool during the hottest time of the day. You could live full-time in 1 to 3 BR suites in 3 to 5 star resorts in these shoulder & off season areas for an average cost of around $300.00 per week.
03/30/21 -
04/19/21
Big Bear, CA Stayed at WorldMark Big Bear (Room 3-209) in Big Bear, CA for 20 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR suite, 1 BA, with Full Kitchen. This timeshare is an Interval International (II) Gold/Premiere rated resort. This resort is located between the cities of Big Bear Lake and Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest. It is only a short drive to Big Bear Lake & Lake Arrowhead. We love WorldMark and we love staying in timeshares!!!
04/19/21 -
05/01/21
Palm Springs, CA Stayed at Vacation Internationale - The Oasis (Room 20A) in Palm Springs, CA for 12 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR EZ Suite, 1 BA, with a Full Kitchen. This timeshare is an Interval International (II) Silver/Select rated resort. Located at the foot of the majestic Mount San Jacinto in the Coachella Valley, this resort is an oasis in the desert with 8 pools, 9 jacuzzis, 4 fountains, and over 27 acres of manicured landscaping. This resort also gives each guest a bicycle of their choosing FREE OF CHARGE to use during their entire stay. We are Prestige-Platinum level owners with Vacation Internationale (VI), and we love staying in timeshares!
05/01/21 -
05/15/21
Palm Springs, CA Stayed at Diamond Resorts - Palm Canyon Resort (Oasis Bldg., 2nd Floor, Room 3229) in Palm Springs, CA for 14 nights in a 2 BR Suite, 2 BA, with a Full Kitchen. We were able to rent this 2 BR suite on hot week availability at 100 days or less from Vacation Internationale. The normal discounted suite cost for VI owners is $510.00 per week, but since we are VI Prestige-Platinum level owners, we got 50% off at a cost of $255.00 per week, or $510.00 total cost. The cost to book this same accommodation directly with Diamond Resorts at their lowest military discount rate (avg daily rate $189.07) would have been $2,646.98 for the 14 night stay. We love Vacation Internationale and Diamond Resorts and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: Since we were driving to the mountains of Lake Tahoe next, we had a complete brake inspection done on our 2003 Ford Explorer on Weds., 05/12/21. We ended up getting new brake pads on all 04 wheels, new brake rotors on the front 02 wheels, and the brake lines flushed and replaced with new brake fluid. The Ford Palm Springs Motors took 09 hours to do the job at a total cost of $1,019.76.

05/15/21 -
06/05/21
South Lake Tahoe, CA Stayed at Diamond Resorts - Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort (Room 332A) in South Lake Tahoe, CA for 21 nights in a 1 BR Standard Suite, 1 BA, with a Full Kitchen. We stayed here during the Memorial Day holiday as well as Deb's Birthday. This is a very nice lakefront resort located next to the Ski Run Marina. At an elevation of 6,245 it is a great place to beat the summer heat with daytime highs averaging 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during our 3 week stay. This timeshare is an Interval International (II) Gold/Premiere rated resort. We were able to rent this 1 BR suite on hot week availability at 100 days or less from Vacation Internationale. The normal discounted suite cost for VI owners is $410.00 per week, but since we are VI Prestige-Platinum level owners, we got 50% off at a cost of $205.00 per week, or $615.00 total cost. The cost to book this same accommodation directly with Diamond Resorts at their lowest military discount rate (avg daily rate $197.10) would have been $4,139.10 for the 21 night stay. We love Vacation Internationale and Diamond Resorts and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: On Weds., 05/26/21 we took a 2 hour cruise of Lake Tahoe through Tahoe Cruises onboard the Safari Rose out of the Ski Run Marina.  The normal cruise cost is $90.00 per person/$180.00 per couple. We prepaid for our cruise through Diamond Resorts and got their  discounted guest price of $162.00 per couple. The sightseeing cruise included a narrated history of the area as well as a trip to and from Emerald Bay.

06/05/21 -
06/07/21
Hesperia, CA Dry Camped at our friend's house for 02 nights.
06/07/21 -
07/12/21
Menifee, CA Camped at Wilderness Lakes RV Resort (Thousand Trails) (Site 124) in Menifee, CA for 35 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. We are allowed an extra week stay twice per year for a $29.00 fee which we used to extend this stay from 28 to 35 nights. We stayed here during the Independence Day (4th of July) holiday.This campground has canals with ducks, geese, and other water birds. It is located in Riverside County of Southern California with a short drive to fishing & boating lakes, the ocean beaches, pine covered mountains, and several large SoCal cities. This is a very nice 80 acre Thousand Trails preserve with 523 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $595.53 allows unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 110 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!

Note: In route to this campground we purchased 74.646 gallons of diesel for the RV @ $4.019 per gallon for a total cost of $300.00.

07/12/21 -
07/25/21
Beaumont, CA Camped at Cherry Valley Lakes Resort (C2C/RPI) (Site 61) in Beaumont, CA for 13 nights in a 50 Amp FHU. This campground has 100 total campsites, with more than half being big rig friendly. This is a very nice Colorado River Adventures campground that allows booking through C2C and RPI. We are C2C Deluxe/RPI Preferred Gold with Resort Connections members. These private campground memberships allow their members to use affiliated public RV parks for C2C Deluxe for $9.20 daily & RPI Preferred $10.00 daily for FHU sites. This campground has nice amenities, two fishing ponds, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT so this is a highly recommended RV Park!
07/25/21 -
08/22/21
Menifee, CA Camped at Wilderness Lakes RV Resort (Thousand Trails) (Site 126) in Menifee, CA for 28 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. This campground has canals with ducks, geese, and other water birds. It is located in Riverside County of Southern California with a short drive to fishing & boating lakes, the ocean beaches, pine covered mountains, and several large SoCal cities. This is a very nice 80 acre Thousand Trails preserve with 523 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $595.53 allows unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 110 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!
08/22/21 -
09/21/21
Oceanside, CA Stayed at Vacation Internationale - Marina Inn (Room 114) in Oceanside, CA for 30 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR Suite, 1 BA, with a Full Kitchen. This resort is located on the Pacific Ocean at the Oceanside Marina. We had easy, close access to the USMC Camp Pendleton. We stayed at this resort during our 25th Wedding Anniversary, Don's Birthday, and the Labor Day holiday weekend. We are Prestige-Platinum level owners with Vacation Internationale (VI), and we love staying in timeshares!
09/21/21 -
09/22/21
Hesperia, CA Dry Camped at our friend's house for 01 night.
09/22/21 -
10/12/21
Menifee, CA Camped at Wilderness Lakes RV Resort (Thousand Trails) (Site 163) in Menifee, CA for 20 nights in a 30 Amp FHU site. This campground has canals with ducks, geese, and other water birds. It is located in Riverside County of Southern California with a short drive to fishing & boating lakes, the ocean beaches, pine covered mountains, and several large SoCal cities. This is a very nice 80 acre Thousand Trails preserve with 523 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $595.53 allows unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 110 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!

Note: On 08/28/2021 we purchased an 86 acre farm in Texas. Our full-timing RV adventures will end 10/12/21. Our escrow closed on 10/08/21. We are still going to utilize our Thousand Trails membership as well as our Timeshares for all future vacations. I will still log-in our campground and timeshare trips, but they will be few and far between from now on.

12/06/21 -
12/31/21
Osage Beach, MO Stayed at WorldMark Lake of the Ozarks (Room ??) in Osage Beach, MO for 25 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 4 BR penthouse (ground floor), 3 BRs with King beds, and the fourth BR with twin beds (sleeps a total of 8 people), a Full Kitchen, and a private hot tub on deck. We chose this resort for our Christmas 2021 holiday, so we could invite family and friends. This resort is located at the Lake of the Ozarks in the Ozark Mountains. We love WorldMark and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: Reservation completed; Cancel by date is 11/26/2021.

Here is a link to Our Visited Places; this is our page listing all of the places that we have been to together "as a couple" since 1996.


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