Sunday, February 27, 2011

Work Camping at Escapee's CARE Facility in Livingston, TX

Everyone has been asking us what is Escapees and why are you work camping there? Since our retirement in 2008 we have attended a few Escapees rallies. During these rallies we always hear about the Escapees CARE facility in Livingston, TX and all the good things they do to help RVers who are in various modes of needed care. We learned that they can stay in their RVs until they are fully recovered from their maladies or stay full-time to take advantage of the 24 hour, 7 days a week care they can receive . This link tells about what is expected as a work camper and what you receive in return:

February 25, 2011 we arrived at the CARE facility and met at a round table for orientation. At that time we were given our schedule to begin working on March 2, 2011 and a tour of the building.

We arrived through the Escapees RV Park and spent one night there until a space was available for us on Work Camper Row.

The CARE Center is located on the premises of the Escapees RV Park.

We walked over to the CARE building, taking in all the sights.

And then patiently waited for Orientation.

During our tour of the facility, we were shown where the vehicles were located for transporting. Chuck likes to drive so he was interested in what modes of transportation the facility had to offer the residents.

The next day we parked our RV into a spot located on Work Camper row and here we will stay for the next two months, March and April 2011.

Front view of other work campers RVs.

Back view of work camper row.

All the tenants have nice clean spots with storage and ramps if needed. They have plenty of room for their golf cart, scooter, car, bike, wheelchair, or whatever mode of transportation they may need.

Chuck and I were impressed with the organization and cleanliness of the park and facilities. You never know when the end of the trail will meet you at the door and if and when that occurs, we know that the CARE facility will be on our list of places to think about.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Collecting While Work Camping and Traveling in our RV

November 2010 through February 2011 Chuck and I were stationed as First-time Work Campers in Falfurrias, Texas at Countryside RV Park. Being newbees to the lifestyle we experienced cleaning toilets, swimming pool cleaning, rv rental trailers, leading RVers to their assigned spots, digging ditches, setting up for holiday functions, teaching a workshop, meeting RVers from all walks of life, and working as a team with management; and we loved it all.

Most importantly for us we also experienced traveling to the surrounding areas further south to Mexico and up North to Port Aransas, Texas. Visiting the flea markets, trade markets, and vintage stores were my favorite things to do. Many of the treasures I found I have listed on Etsy to share with you. You can either purchase them or just put them in your favorites for your viewing pleasure. Follow the link above or just click on the picture.

Happy Trails!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Our Favorite Restaurant in Corpus Christi,Texas

Chuck and I love the Tavern on the Bay restaurant located in Corpus Christi, Texas off of Ocean Drive on Peoples Street.

We've been in the area for 3 months now and decided this is our favorite restaurant. Some of the amenities we have enjoyed are the Gift Shop, the bay port where you can either rent or charter a boat for fishing, cruising, or dining; but most of all we love this restaurant.

As you drive down Peoples Street, you can see the restaurant beckoning you to hurry over and smell the aroma of good food being cooked over a grill. I'm salivating just thinking about it.

As you open the door to the restaurant you step onto a boat that has been converted into a combo gift shop, bar, and restaurant. The sign on the front says, "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry," and this expression says it all.

The drinks served at the bar include California Wines and exotic concoctions to blow your mind, but we had their delicious home-brewed ice tea and it was to die for.

The restaurant is designed under a tent on the deck and has a view of the port with boats that are docked, downtown Corpus Christi, and sea birds of every kind.

Chuck and I ordered the blackened burger and home made chips. The burger had crumpled blue cheese, with plenty of onions, on a garlic roll. If you know Chuck, that hamburger was eaten in two seconds. Menu and further description of this restaurant can be found at ........ Bon Apetite!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Visit My Handmade Gifts on Facebook

Work Camping has proved to be a unique travel experience for Chuck and I so far this year, 2011. We not only have jobs lined up through the end of the year, beginning with Falfurrias, Texas November 2010 - February 2011, then Livingston, Texas March 2011 through April 2011, and finally Blue Ridge, George May - October 2011; but we will also have Thanksgiving with my three kids and grandkids in Colorado Springs in November 2011, and then Christmas will be with Chucks two kids and grandkids in California.

I also developed gift catalogs for "Jewelry", "Crochet", and "Sewing" items handmade by me that I have posted on my Facebook Fan Page that you can access without belonging to Facebook at!/pages/Gifts-Handmade-By-Elva/186868538013119 or just click on the catalog:

Then click the "Like" button and you're ready to list the catalog in your Favorites or Bookmark.

Thank you for your interest in my blogs.

Happy Trails!