We finally made it back to Arizona! I have to say that since we have been on the road, Arizona is one of our favorite places. And it never fails to impress.
Since becoming full time rv’ers, we have found that many full timers establish a winter destination and return there every year. About half the RV parks in the US close down for the winter, leaving only those in the western and southern states available. We got into this whole thing to travel and really don’t want to be tied down to one place and so far have spent our winters in Florida and Arizona.
But it seems that the state of Arizona has us back again for the second year in a row. Back in early summer, I applied for a position as a Social Media Director for a group of resorts in Arizona. I didn’t really think that they’d consider me, but I like to always keep options open for additional income.
And what do you know? I was hired! This is a year-round position that I can do from my coach anywhere in the country as long as I have internet connection. They do require, though, that we spend our winter season in Apache Junction, AZ at the largest of the resorts.
We arrived at the resort the first week of November, after spending a little time with family in Atlanta. My job is to document all the activities, update Facebook and their websites, and create a weekly email newsletter.
Dave’s job? Well he is so far taking the winter off. That may change if he gets bored, but it is nice to know that between my websites and the two companies that I do social networking for, we can pay the bills and enjoy traveling.
Shortly after arriving, we noticed that about 2 dozen or so people in the park have motorcycles. They were happy to have us join them and so far, we have been on three long motorcycle adventures. Finally, the motorcycle is getting some use.
One of the first activities that I documented this season was called the “Mystery Tour”. Basically, everyone who wanted to go met at the entranceway where we were handed maps. We carpooled to the mystery location and then enjoyed a fun tour. Here is the movie that I put together afterward:
The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix were amazing.
If you ever get a chance to be in the area, we highly recommend a trip out to see them. Meridian RV Resort does a mystery tour once a month and we can’t wait to see where we will be going next!
My new job has me going outside my comfort zone in a lot of areas. I’m required to attend and document all functions and activities.
Things like the Shooters Club where we literally took our tiny KIA 4-wheeling through the desert to the local shooting range. No cell phone signal, lots of loud guns, and possibly snakes. Craziness.
We have been to lots of great dinners and have seen some great live entertainment! Oh, and I will also be covering lots of fun events outside of the resort! Things like the Tumbleweed Christmas Tree in Chandler, State Fairs, The Renaissance Festival, and much more.
And the season has just begun. Stay tuned for more of our adventures in Arizona. We will be here until the beginning of April.