Monday, May 31, 2010

Many Thanks and "What Is ROD?"

Our current location:  Moab, Utah

We were treated to this wonderful scene along Hwy. 50, west of Blue Mesa Ranch, on our way to Utah.  Wow, who wouldn't think this was a beautiful sight to behold?

I would like to say Thank You to all who sent their Happy Birthday wishes to me.  Birthdays are good.  We're going to get them anyway, so we may as well just enjoy them!   Unfortunately, I began feeling ill Saturday afternoon and we decided to head out of Gunnison one day early and drive to Moab.  I think the very high altitude we'd been living with for over a week had finally gotten to me.  Breathing was difficult and sleep also became difficult.  Today is now much better at about 5,000 feet in elevation. 

In a recent comment about my RV Park Review for Blue Mesa, Sue and Doug asked the question, "What is ROD?"  I apologize for not making clear what type of program I was writing about.  I get to typing out my thoughts and fail to remember that everyone isn't on the same page as I am.  Sorry, Sue and Doug!

ROD...Resorts of an affiliate campground membership program.  We purchased a camping membership program back in 2001 through K/M Resorts in Washington state.  That entitled us to stay at each K/M resort for up to 2 weeks FREE.  We are free to go from park to park in that system.  There are 8 or 9 parks in the K/M system.  Later we upgraded our plan to include Coast to Coast and Resorts of Distinction parks.  We pay $180.00 per year dues (fixed amount) for the ROD parks.  We can then stay at any park in that system for up to 7 days in a row for FREE.  We are allowed to go to each park in the peak-season twice in a calender year.  Supposedly, we may be able to extend our time at a park in the off-season, but we haven't had that opportunity yet.  There are ROD parks in over 25 states and 2 in Canada.  For instance there are 17 parks in California and 20 in Washington. 

Sometimes when we go to an ROD park they may charge $2.00 a night extra for WiFi and sometimes they do not.  There are a few parks that do not give the ROD members full hook-ups.  Personally, we have only had that happen to us once.  Most of the time we get the same service as any other camper.  Since we bought into a campground membership program several years ago, we now try to use them as often as possible.   It helps to save in our rent budget for the month.  We are trying to put those RV parks to use for us as fulltimers.

We arrived in Moab, Utah early Sunday afternoon.  We will only be here for 3 nights and then we'll be moving on again.  More adventures along Highway 50.  In a few days we'll be traveling through Nevada on the part they call "the lonliest road in Ameica."

Hope everyone had a nice weekend.

Until next long for now!



Been to Moab a couple times & enjoyed the town & area very much. We stayed at the Portal RV Park & thought it was a good Park. So much to see & do around Moab. Arches for sure. The Castle Valley loop drive was nice as well as it meanders through the the Manti LaSalle National forest. Highway 128 is a very scenic drive along the Colorado River between Moab & Cisco, There was a quaint little eatery in Moab called Milt's Diner we liked too. Enjoy your stay in Moab.

Jerry and Suzy said...

Margie - we missed your birthday, but we hope you had a fine day. The lonliest road is one we have wanted to follow, so we'll be interested in your comments. Don't think you'll find any ROD along that route!

Rick and Paulette said...

You'll love the Arches National Park in Moab - we were just there this April and it is spectacular. Make sure your camera's batteries are all charged up because I'm sure you'll be snapping tons of photos there.

Gypsy said...

I've always loved Rte 50 through Nevada. Just be careful when going through the towns because the speed drops down to 25 mph pretty quickly; I got stopped once doing 45 going right past the police station! He was pretty decent with me and told me to go back to town and take a rest stop, get some coffee, etc. I don't care for the little towns, but the scenery from the highway is amazing.

Paul and Mary said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day.

I was hoping our paths might cross in Sacramento. But, it looks like we'll be there before ya'.

Safe travels!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

As you know We have been at the Lake with very limited oportunity to use the internet, in the interest of not overdoing the privilidge of using the wi-fi at the City Office where he used to work Sam limited his usage to getting his mail and posting his blog which he composed in Live writer off line and then just posting it. This limited his actual usage so he wouldn't wear his welcome out while using their service. I got home a little while ago and have had a chance to look at some of your recent blogs and you are so right about your way of seeing things changing. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna

Levonne said...

I look forward to following your blog.

Carol K said...

We hope you are feeling better now! Thanks for the explanation of ROD. Hope you enjoy your time in Moab.

Sue and Doug said...

thanks for info on ROD..we may have to look into that!!..

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Oh that view in your photo is really nice! You take such good pics. Thanks for explaining the ROD acronym and what it meant.

Can't wait to see the pics of Moab and Canyonlands!

Karen and Steve
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