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Borrego Springs, CA

Monday, June 8, 2015

I slid into home base today!

I often have expectations for what’s going to happen during the day when I get up in the morning.  So today I expected a calm day off with a few things to take care of on my ‘to do’ list.  Little did I know that this was going to be an exceptional day.

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                                     Tonight’s few photos are from around Harris Beach State Park.

I had a couple of phone calls to make on my list for the day, and I started out by calling a credit union in Minnesota.  I’ve been paying off a loan with them for my present rig.  According to my calculations, my final payment was a couple of weeks ago on May 20.  I was calling to confirm that the rig was now totally mine, and that they would be sending me the title.  It is, and they did.  Yahoo!  I’m once again free of debt.  A good feeling for sure.

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Next up was to put in a call to Jojoba Hills Escapees Park to see if I had moved up at all on the list for getting a site there.  When I first applied for membership in the park in April, I was 21st on the list for a site.  Well, it turns out I had advanced to the number 10 spot on the list, and the lady I spoke to said it shouldn’t be too long before I got a call.  That was encouraging.

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Then I headed off to town to pick up a few grocery items.  You see, Sue and Mo would be arriving this afternoon to stay at the park for four nights, and I had promised to make New York BBQ chicken one night.  Well, I was low on vinegar and poultry seasoning, so I had to stock up.  It turned out they had a tire blow out on their way here, and arrived much later than they planned, and were obviously worn out from the stress of the day.  I talked to Sue briefly before she went back to her rig to recuperate.

Anyway, once I got back to the rig from town the phone rang, and it was Jojoba Hills calling to ask if I’d be interested in site #228.  What??  I just talked to you two hours ago, and I was tenth on the list.  How could that be?  It seems the nine people ahead of me had turned down a previous offer because they weren’t ready to commit, and that really made me #1 on the list.  Incredible!

IMG_1073While talking to her, I was scrambling to find my map of the park.  I’ve outlined in red the site on the lower left.  She told me I had until 10:00 tomorrow morning to either accept or reject the offer.  If I rejected the offer, I would be put on a 30 day hold, and not receive any calls if other sites became available during that time. 

It took me about five seconds to say I’d accept site #228!  That’s been my plan all along. Take whatever site is available as there’s the option to trade sites once you’re a member.  Holy Moses!  I was on cloud nine!  I was dancing around the rig.  If I remember correctly, 228 is on one of the top tiers of the park and looks down on pond 3.  I won’t know for sure until I get there in the fall, but I don’t think there is really a bad site in the park.

So that’s how I slid into my new ‘home base’ today.  It’s another one of those curve balls of life, and I hope you can tell that I’m really excited to begin this new phase in my journey down the road.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

47 comments:

  1. Yup, that's a good day...good for you! And congrats on paying off the rig!

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  2. it is wonderful Judy to hear the joy in your post. Joe and I are so happy for you!!

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  3. It was a great day!! All that good news except for your friends flat tire. Emma will have grass...perfect! :)

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  4. Great news. Now you can enjoy your new freedom from debt, while knowing you have a place to call home. I would call it a wonderful Monday:-)

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  5. Congratulations, Judy! What a great day for you! :-)

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  6. Ho-ho, Jojoba Hills -- yeehaw! Does this mean you'll spend winters there, and not volunteer at a NWR somewhere?

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  7. Wow, I'd call today a home run. Congrats on all the great news. But sorry to hear about the flat delaying your friends. Becki

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  8. Crikey ........ sounds like the perfect day. Just one thing. This new park. It's for Escapees????? Crikey Judy ..... have you been in gaol???? I've NEVER met anyone that's been in gaol before. They have parks in the US for escapees?? Fair dinkum??????? Was Emma in gaol with you????? Did she help you escape????? I need to know more about this park. Is it in Oregon too?? You sure sound happy to be going there. I can't wait to hear more about it. Is it near the beach, a mountain, the desert, a city??? Crikey I hope it's not a City. I don't like cities.

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  9. Congratulations! We're going to Jojoba Hills in a few weeks. I'll take some pictures of site 228 if you want.

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  10. Congratulations, everything is coming together!

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  11. All that good stuff on the same day... wow! all your moons or whatever must have been lined up just right. Congratulations!

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  12. Sooooooo excited for you!!! I'm anxious to see photos of this place...PLUS paying off your debt..you are in fat city, girlfriend...bask in the mud!! Oh, and have fun with your visitors!

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  13. What an outstanding day! Congratulations on owning your home and having a place to call home!

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  14. I am doing a happy dance for you this morning and I don't dance!!! Congratulations Judy--that is awesome news!

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  15. "Debt free"...the American dream.
    Congratulations on your new "home base." That sure is a beautiful place to call home.

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  16. Congratulations. I know you'll be happy with it.

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  17. Wow. That's pretty quick to get a site there. I had heard usually the Escapee Parks take years and years to get a site. It looks like an incredibly beautiful place from pictures I've seen in the past. I really think you'll love having your own lot and a home base where you'll make some friends and have some companionship. Are you familiar with Google Earth? You can "drive" right there and check it out yourself. I just took a tour myself and I think I found your side.....it looks pretty spectacular from the air! Congrats!

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  18. Wow! Congratulations! I've read only good things about Jojoba Hills. It should be a good place for you.

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  19. Wow what a big day! Congruous toons on paying off the rig and securing your site at Jojoba Hills.

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  20. Fantastic news. I think you will really enjoy having a place to go to when you just want to relax. And it is such a beautiful park.

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  21. Wow, that's great news Judy! I thought for sure you'd have to wait months and months. How perfect to get a site so soon. That's such a nice area of California-- close enough to conveniences and day tripping to the coast without having to live in the hustle-bustle. Congrats!

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    1. Crikey ..... thanks Lynne. Now I know where Judy's going!!!!! California ...... now wonder she's happy, aye??

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  22. That sure was quick. I would really like to have a site there someday, but we have a lot of other things to do first. I thought it would take a coupe of years to move into first place on the list. I have the application package in a drawer. Someday we may be neighbors!

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  23. Congratulations on turning that curve ball into a HOME run - I am so happy for you !!! Does this mean you will not be returning to Imperial NWR this winter ? Think how happy your family will be when they come to visit - such a beautiful location with great amenities. Once again your persistence paid off - and you will have the best of both worlds - Volunteer/Travel and Volunteer/Leisure - Best Wishes

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  24. What great news....hard to imagine a better day.

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  25. We are happy for you. Now you need a golf cart.

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  26. Wonderful news! Good things happen to good people. Hope you didn't wear out the floor on your newly paid off motorhome... :cD

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  27. I'm so excited for you! House is paid for, and you have a spot! That's wonderful news!

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  28. What wonderful timing--pay off the rig just before buying into a permanent space. Way to go, girl!

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  29. congrats to you and Emma it was a wonderful day all the way around

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  30. I think I'd be the happiest about paying off the mortgage, and then ecstatic on getting a good site in the Park. I hope I get to see you in Oregon before you leave.

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  31. I hope you are not entirely quitting volunteering. You offer so much knowledge and passion. But congratulations on paying off your mortgage and getting a site where you want it.

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  32. Oh, my gosh, Judy! I am so excited for you! I've been told not to be put off by the length of some of the waiting lists because there are many reasons a particular site might not be wanted by people ahead of you, and it has nothing to do with it not being a good site. WOW! Wow! Wow! That looks like a good location to me. Can't wait to hear more. Congratulations! :)

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  33. WOW Judy what a day you had! Congratulations on both fronts! You are now full owner of your rig and have a home base to park it in. Life is definitely good for you and Emma!

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  34. Congrats, what extraordinary good luck for you!!

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  35. That was fast! Congrats on your new lot.

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  36. Congratulations, sounds like you made a "home" run:)

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  37. So glad to hear this good news for you! I've always had a soft spot for Jojoba Hills !!!

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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  38. awwww. . .what wonderful news. . .on both accounts. . .yaaaa!

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  39. Hi, Judy -- That is really great news that you moved up the list so quickly. I am happy to hear that you got a spot, as I know you and Emma will enjoy it there, as did I. I met a nice single lady in 215 while there (for the life of me, I can't recall her name.) I used the showers and laundry room next to the wood shop while there, and they were always nice and not crowded. So I think you will enjoy it there. Congratulations on sliding into home!

    Suzanne (who was in 434 while you were there.)

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  40. Congratulations ... a home base is a good thing to have.

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