Seasonal Campground Openings with Recreation Resource Management

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We need hosts or host couples for 2017 at the campgrounds we operate on the east side of Mt. Whitney, in California.   The position pays wages and includes a host site and utilities.  You can find pictures and information here and here.

We ask you to take two steps to apply:

1.  If you have not already done so, apply for a 2017 camp host position at this link.   If you have already put in an application, you do not need to do it again, but you will not be considered without an application.

2.  Please contact Thomas Dillard by email at RRMJobs@camprrm.com to communicate your interest.  Our jobs database has lots of people in it, so make sure they know that you are interested in this particular job.  Please do not contact them until you have completed an application.
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Note that after completing the application, you will be asked to take a short personality profile assessment so we can learn more about you.  This will help us ask better questions in the interview process.

If you have any difficulties, each page of the application should have a button says “Technical Difficulties?  Get Help Now.”  By clicking this button, you will reach representatives of Applicant Pro, the company that hosts the application, and they should be able to help you complete the process.

Find more free Work Camping opportunities on our web page at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/workamping.htm

Want to Work Camp? Go West Young Man! Go West Young Woman!

Niki and I just received this note and will be adding “Hoodo” to our work camping listings on our webpage at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/workamping.htm. “Hoodoo Recreation” is responsible for 150 campgrounds in the Northwest.

“I just stumbled upon your site (Love it!).  I thought you might want to add HooDoo Recreation (out of Oregon) to your source for workamping opportunities in Washington and Oregon states.  I’ve hosted for them before (as a local emergency host) and most places are for FHU RV site + pay!  Love Hoodoo!” -B&L
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Find more information about “Hoodoo” and how you may fit in at http://hoodoorecreation.com/hoodoo-recreation-employment/
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The following is from the HooDoo website:
“Our hosts range from “volunteers” who receive a stipend to help pay for utilities to mostly full time attendants and managers who receive a place to stay and a higher salary. About half of our host sites have electrical hookups along with water and vaults. The earlier you commit to working with Hoodoo, the better the chances are that you will get the location that you want. In general though the nicer the campground and the better the hookups. The lower the wage, the more isolated the campground the higher the wage.
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We have more then a hundred hosted campgrounds in Washington in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie, Wenatchee and Gifford Pinchot National Forests or in the Deschutes National Forests in Oregon. About a third of the campgrounds will have hosts living in the campgrounds and the other two-thirds will have attendants who stay in one campground and visit other campgrounds as well. Hoodoo provides work trucks for almost all attendants who have to travel as part of the job. We start our hiring process in October, but hire throughout the season through August.”

Travel safe and enjoy life’s journey,
Jack and Niki

Iowa Camp Host Position open for the 2017 Season

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Hi from Cantril, Iowa.
We have a Camp Host Position open for the 2017 Season.  Starting date is on or before May 1, 2017 and runs through October 31st, 2017.  We are a small RV campground in the heart of the Villages of Van Buren County.  We have 12 full hook up sites and one water and electric only site.  Along with tent camping and 2 cabins.  Please let us know by either emailing mast6@netins.net or 319-397-2251 Alton or Mary Jane Mast if you would like more information.  There are 2 websites to review one is cantrilia.com or Villages of Van Buren.

Received by snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com  2/2/17

Price reduced on our truck & 5th wheel trailer combo

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2011 Excel 5th Wheel and 2011 F-250 Gas Tow Vehicle For Sale
$48,000 for both
or $38,000 for just the 5th Wheel

We are regretfully coming off the road after 8 wonderful years due to some medical (eye) problems. Our Excel trailer is built for Four Season use and has all the comforts and amenities of home from Fiberglas roof and fireplace to central vac and Queen size, extra comfortable, bed. The Ford F-250 tow vehicle was specifically ordered from the factory in Kentucky with the hitch & equipment to tow it easily and safely.

We’d like to keep the package together because it travels so effortlessly but will sell the 5th wheel separately if needed.

NADA lists the price at $68,000 for the trailer with all of its features but we are selling it for $38,000 because we have made the big decision and it’s time to move on.

Did I mention ALL NEW TIRES on the truck and the trailer in 2016?

Read all about both truck and trailer and see the photos on Craig’s list at
http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/rvs/5956172320.html
We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

We are the owners – Jack and Niki – from snowbirdrvtrails.com.
We have the trailer on site with a reputable dealer in Ruskin, FL and may be viewed at any time.
See more about us at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/aboutus.htm and you may
Email us at snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com.

Planning to come to Florida to catch a Spring Training Game?

“Encore” just sent out a map with where the Grapefruit League teams play and locations of their campgrounds and RV Parks nearby. You don’t have to be a member of Encore to stay at their places and we have used them from time-to-time – not the best and not the worst but sometimes convenient.
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What’s the best Winter RV Route from New England to Florida & the Gulf?

What is the best RV route from Canada and the Northeast  South in Winter? We often receive that question from RVers that are still working and just have some precious vacation days to spend in the land of palm trees, gentle breezes and gorgeous sunsets.

We also hear it from retired folk like ourselves that are simply getting a late start heading South due to health, family or other commitments.

We have put together a page to begin addressing it with maps, some suggested stopovers, photos and reviews at

http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/besteastcoastwinterrvroutesouth.htm

There are many variables for each person’s trip. How many miles do you want to go on a travel day? Do you like to stop in RV Parks, rest areas or truckstops? How do you find a Northern campground that’s open all Winter? There are many other questions to consider.

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We have attempted to answer some of those questions on our page. It’s a start and we invite you to consider it then send us other questions you may have to and we’ll do our best.

Safe travels,
Jack & Niki
snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/

What does it cost to be an RVing Snowbird?

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A Snowbird RV Route North from Florida

Niki and I are RVing Snowbirds. Each Spring we feel the urge to be on the road again and heading North for cooler Summer temperatures. Then along about September we begin to feel those Northern nights cooling down and the leaves beginning their Autumn change. That’s our signal to start packing up for our journey South to spend the Winter months in the land of palm trees and warm Gulf breezes.

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Our Snowbird RV Route South to the Sunshine State

We have spent the last eight years as Snowbirds and moving our Fifth Wheel with the Seasons. We’ve taken different routes on most trips and have pretty much covered the best North and South RVing routes from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast and Florida, and from the Atlantic seacoast to the Mississippi River.

You probably had many of the same questions we had starting out, like will we be able to afford this kind of lifestyle? Well, we have kept a trip diary from those early days and have been sharing what we have learned both here on our blog and on our website at snowbirdrvtrails.com.

We have a great deal of information on the website including photos, videos, dining & campground reviews, RV route maps, and sections on Workamping, Fraternal (Clubs & Organizations) and Off-Season Camping in the Northeast and how we plan the trips as well as tips on repairs and additions we have found useful for our rig.

We’ve just added a chart that breaks down the actual costs on two recent Snowbird trips. For comparison we show the stats on a quick seven day trip North to spend the Summer Season in the Adirondacks and compare it with a long and leisurely 17 day trip to spend the six Winter months Season at a nice RV Park on the “Sun Coast” section of the Gulf in Florida. You’ll find the mileages and the costs for gas, camping and dining as well as the Seasonal rates at both destinations and our costs for propane and electric.

You’ll also find links to the photos, reviews and trip reports for each trip. As always, if you have any questions send us (Niki and Jack) an email to snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com and we will do our best to answer you.

Safe travels and enjoy the journey,

Jack and Niki
Snowbird RV Trails

Clearwater Dining – Bascom’s Chop House

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On the occasion of my 72nd birthday this past Sunday evening my Niki treated me, son Jay, his wife Kathy and granddaughter Maggie to a wonderful dinner at Bascom’s Chop House. The service was first rate and the menu selections were totally mouth watering. It is the perfect place for outings for any special occasions with special people.

The wine list is long and exceptional with selections for every taste. After ordering drinks, our server Michael brought a plate to the table to present the large and varied cuts of meat available. Known for their meat that’s seasoned and cooked to perfection, there were also choices of fish like Pistachio Crusted Grouper that Niki and Kathy ordered and raved about with Kathy even saying that perhaps it was the best meal she had ever had. Maggie ordered the 8oz Filet that was so good that the teenager finished every bite. Jay ordered a prime cut steak that was so large and perfectly done that he had to take half of it home. I enjoyed the queen cut of Prime Rib which practically melted in my mouth.

We enjoyed lobster bisque soup and lettuce salads before the  main course and garlic mashed potatoes with our meals.

For dessert Michael appeared with a new plate of choices that looked too delicious to be denied and included a chocolate tort, cheesecake with a pecan crust, key lime pie, crème brulee and a couple of others.

It was a beautiful evening that we all enjoyed with plans to definitely visit again in the future.
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BASCOM’S CHOP HOUSE is located at
3665 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, FL
Phone: 727-573-3363
Reservations are advised.
Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 – 2:30 pm
Dinner Mon-Sat  5 – 10 pm
Sun  4 – 9 pm
Two great weekend specials are advertised for Friday, Saturday and Sundays.
The Petite Filet or Hand Carved Prime Rib with salad & sides for only 27.95.

Florida Day Trip – Sunshine Skyway & Popi’s Place

Today was beautiful with temps in the mid-70’s, bright sunshine and blue skies. A perfect day for a Florida adventure to a place Niki had visited in the past when she lived in Bradenton South of Tampa. When it comes to good food I’m always ready for the next adventure!

Our destination was Popi’s Place, a family restaurant in Palmetto, Florida. Part of the fun was getting there. It’s about an hour Southeast of our home in Clearwater traveling by I-275. The route takes us over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge which crosses Tampa Bay and measures 1.1 miles in length and 430′ high at its center. The views of the Bay from the top as well as the long runs up to it are fantastic. You almost always see huge oceangoing container ships coming into or leaving from the Port of Tampa. Remaining approaches to the previous bridge extend far into the Bay and remain in use as the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park and both are usually packed with anglers and their cars. All in all quite a sight.

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Shortly after exiting the South end of the bridge there is an exit for US-41 – The Tamiami Trail – which runs South toward Miami and our route took us Northward toward Tampa and Popi’s Place.

We’ve long found that looks can be deceiving when it comes to good restaurants. Popi’s could easily be passed by without a second look but not for us on this occasion. The interior is pleasant and inviting and the people are friendly. They offer a list of daily specials but we decided to pick from the regular menu.

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They have a nice listing of starters and sandwiches and many entrees starting in the $11 range. All dinner choices come with soup or salad and a choice of two sides. Niki chose the Crabmeat Stuffed Shrimp with a slightly spicy, Cajun style breading with rice and black-eyed peas. A tossed green salad and a fantastic, freshly-baked dinner roll. Rounding it out with sweet iced tea and a nice slice of chocolate cake for dessert.

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I love really good fried scallops and my plate did not disappoint me with sides of mashed potatoes & gravy, cole slaw, a tossed green salad and also a dinner roll fresh out of the oven. I picked the chocolate cream pie for dessert. Me, I’m an un-sweet iced tea kinda guy.

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Niki and I both agreed that the meals were exceptional but we both also think we may have to have a second visit just to be sure. Our trip back home turned out to be not as pleasant and leisurely – it was during drive-time and all roads in and around the Tampa area are slow going at quitting time. All in all a beautiful day and well worth the traffic inconvenience.

Popi’s Place Family Restaurant is located at 10508 US-41 North in Palmetto, Florida. Telephone: 941.729.0753.