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Camp Conery Group Campground, Canyon Dam, CA

I just have a few old photos of the Camp Conery Group camp.

Camp Conery can be reserved for a weekend or for the whole week through PG&E: 916-386-5164

The free boat launch is about a half-mile away.  There is a free picnic area for Lake Almanor within walking distance from the campground.  You do have to cross Hwy 89 so you’ll want to accompany your children.  This group camp has flush toilets, showers and a great kitchen in the A-frame.

One workamping couple gets a FHU site and cares for Camp Conery and the Picnic Area.

Check out other PG&E campgrounds and local information on our website: http://www.pamperingcampers.com/California.html

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Rocky Point Campground, Lake Almanor, Canyon Dam, CA

These photos are from 2008.  No doubt the Chips fire changed the landscape in the area but Rocky Point Campground was untouched by the fire.

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Rocky Point Campground uses 4 – 5 workamping couples/singles to care for 160 sites.

It is a beautiful PG&E campground on Lake Almanor close to Canyon Dam on Hwy 89.

Workamping for American Land & Leisure

I love it when I can get 15 seconds of fame!  So, when Kelly Fenley from the Eugene newspaper The Register-Guard called, I jumped on it!

Jo 'n Don
Jo 'n Don

Occasionally, a journalist wants to do a story on ‘what local retirees are doing’.  When Kelly called American Land and Leisure, Gary referred him to us.  Gary Huntington is the Hiring Manager in the Orem, Utah based company.  Don and I are Area Managers for AL&L in the Siuslaw National Forest, Central Coast Ranger District.

Here’s the article: Retirement on the launching pad

Since I’m already talking about myself, I’ll just extend this 15 seconds to 20.

Jo with Pole Saw
Jo with Pole Saw

I’m not above laughing at myself.  I think Don wanted to document the size of the tree that I actually cut down.  Don gets up-close-and-personal with a real chainsaw.  But I’ll only use this battery-operated pole saw.  I usually just trim off branches.  When he showed me the pix, I thought I looked a little nervous. hahaha  Like, “I wouldn’t touch that with a 6 foot pole!”

Jo doin' the Pole Saw Happy Dance
Jo doin' the Pole Saw Happy Dance

If you can’t make work fun, what’s the point in getting out of bed in the morning?  Mind you I was whining, the whole time, that the battery wouldn’t last.

You’ve got to love people to workamp in campgrounds.  If you are happy to greet people, between shoveling fire pits and cleaning toilets, they will feel welcome.

Greet customers with a smile
Greet customers with a smile

Another aspect of workamping for AL&L is fee collection.  Most people are good about paying their fees “within 30 minutes of arrival” as the rule goes.  But for those who don’t seem to think it is important, Don has a unique way of explaining what the campground and day use fees are used for…and timing can emphasize the point.

FeeCollectionTechnique-TP
Need TP? Pay Your Fee 🙂

What?  You say there’s a log in the tent area?

Moving a log
Let me get that for you! 🙂

We are ready to tackle anything for you!

AL&L-Man
An AL&L Man is ALL Man!

We appreciate all the customer feedback.

Customer Feedback
AL&L gives extensive training, including how to get Customer Feedback

If the customer gives any negative feedback, it is an opportunity to fix something that is broken.  If they give positive feedback, we have a better chance of repeating our good behavior!

Redman Campground was our first workamping “gig” for American Land & Leisure.  We have been with them ever since.  We have worked for them in Utah, Idaho, Oregon and No. California.  What a great company to work for!

Temple Bar, AZ to Death Valley, CA

Joshua Trees remind me of something out of  a Dr. Seuss book 🙂
Joshua Trees
Joshua Trees

We drove out to Temple Bar Marina on Lake Meade.  The campground is pretty but they don’t have any with electric hookups.  Since it’s cold, we don’t want to use up all our propane on heat.

Temple Bar Campground
Temple Bar Campground

The pinnacle on the right is Temple Bar.

Temple Bar
Temple Bar

Here’s our view from our full hookup RV site.  Not the most scenic, huh?  But it was only $18.50 for the night.  The AZ resorts are saying there aren’t as many RV’ers this year.  Maybe they’re staying put because of the weather?  It makes for pretty sunsets though!

View from RV site
View from RV site

Death Valley sounds like it would be warm.  Let’s go there!

Death Valley Entrance
Death Valley Entrance

See, we really did go to Death Valley.

Devil's Cornfield
Devil's Cornfield

Here’s the Devil’s Cornfield, in front of the sand dunes.  We stayed at Stovepipe Wells.  They had a few RV sites with electric hookups ($30 – no table, no firepit).  The entrance fee is $20 and you’ll pay $1/gallon more for fuel if you don’t plan ahead.  The second night we did without electricity (it was warmer) and camped at Sunset Campground for $12 (no table, no firepit).

 

Needles, CA, to Parker, AZ

The Needles Ward had their Primary program this week.  What a great bunch of kids!  I couldn’t believe how loud they sang out.  It was a great program.  We continued south on, I-40, into Arizona.  This is rugged country!
Hwy 40
Interstate 40 Scenery

 We turned south, onto Hwy 95 (AZ).  There is a Hwy 95 in CA, also, to go down the lake on the California side but we wanted to be in AZ.  Lake Havasu is a really long, deep, lake.  It is downstream of Lake Meade.  There is a Lake Havasu State Park, just south of Lake Havasu City.  That wasn’t our first choice because it doesn’t have electric hookups.  But we’ll use it as a fall-back if the others are full.  We don’t know quite what to expect the week before Thanksgiving.

We stopped to look at Cattail Cove State Park, on the south end of Lake Havasu.  It was a little crowded, and we couldn’t get a spot on the water, but there were some sites available if we needed to come back here.  They were running a special: stay 5 nights and get the 6th and 7th nights for free.  The Host was also offering a pot luck Thanksgiving dinner – hahaha.  We decided to get a look at River Island State Park before we decided.
River Island State Park, Parker, AZ
River Island State Park, Parker, AZ

We went a little further south on Hwy 95 and around the south end of the lake but the Hwy doesn’t cross the Parker Dam.  River Island State Park is another pretty campground with hookups and hot showers.  This one is not crowded at all and we found a spot overlooking the river for $23/night.

River Island SP - near Parker, AZ
River Island SP - near Parker, AZ

 Don is looking forward to NOT driving for a couple days.  I can see why the snowbirds flock here!  Although, I am very confused about what time zone we are in.  All the maps I look at say we are in the Mountain Time Zone.  But our phones must be picking up the signal from the other side of the river, which is California.  Maybe we don’t care exactly what time it is. 🙂

Vineyards, Windyards and Needles

When we left Santa Rosa we wanted to avoid the Bay Area.  We went south on Hwy 101, somehow got to Hwy 12 and then to I-5.  This route took us through Napa Valley.  We could smell the grapes and the rolling hills of vineyards in fall color were beautiful.
Fall Vineyards
Fall Vineyards

This is an unusual, but effective, way to fly a flag!

American Flag
American Flag on Tree

We had originally planned on travelling down Hwy 99 but I-5 was moving along nicely so we stayed put.  This is farm country!  Orchards, vineyards, dairy and even wind.

Wind Farms
Wind Farms

We even found huge cotton fields in the farmland of California.

Cotton Bales
Cotton Bales

We did finally get bored with I-5 and crossed over to Hwy 99.  We spent the night in Tulare.  We’d found Sun & Fun RV Park in our Escapees directory.  It said they give a discount to members, which they did, but the price had changed since the directory was printed.  We did laundry there and they had nice, hot, showers in a warm building.  I’m a little slow but I’m beginning to figure out that the parks that give discounts aren’t getting enough business.  This one smelled like a dairy farm and was noisy with the Hwy and train tracks close by.  I think the last train blew his whistle around 11pm.

Needles, CA
Needles, CA

It was raining when we got up this morning and it continued most of the morning.  We took Hwy 58 to Barstow then got onto I-40 out to Needles.  We’re staying in Needles tonight.  This is a pretty area just north of Lake Havasu on the California side.  We found a pretty, fancy, RV park called the Palms River Resort.  $30 for FHU’s and all the amenities.  They are right on the river.  They sell park model homes here and they employ workampers.

Palms River Resort
Palms River Resort

The sky cleared, revealing a bright, full moon.  It’s in the mid-60’s and the low is expected to be in the 40’s.  It’s the first time we haven’t had the heater on since we left Idaho, I think!

Westport to Santa Rosa, CA, via Hwy 1

Look at the perfect dome shape the flowers make on this little sand flower growing in the dunes.
Sand Flower
Sand Flower

 We continued south on Hwy 1.  Miles and miles of gorgeous shoreline in northern California!

Hwy 1 - roller coaster
Hwy 1 - roller coaster

We had a little change of scenery today.  There were some forested areas; even some redwoods.  These aren’t redwoods but it made a pretty arbor over the road.  The drive to Santa Rosa took a couple hours longer than we expected.  Lots of small towns with 25 mph limits; in addition to all the twists and turns with 10 – 20 mph limits.  The trees were a nice change and were, actually, kind of a relief from the sheer cliffs.

Forested Areas
Forested Areas

Something else that was a little odd, was the open range land way up on the cliffs.  There were cows right next to the road!  Just a little something to add to the stress.  We both said we would NOT take this route with our 5th wheel.  We only saw 1 other RV on the whole highway and it was a Class C.

Hwy 1 - southbound
Hwy 1 - southbound

 We were getting a little weary of the steep shoreline roller coaster so we turned inland on Hwy 116 at Jenner.

Jenner, CA
Jenner, CA

The drive up the river was nice.  Monte Rio is a cute little town.  We saw lots of vineyards, in their fall colors, as we came into Santa Rosa.

SantaRosa-FallVineyard
SantaRosa-FallVineyard

We had a wonderful visit, although too short, with family and spent the night outside their doorstep.