Maximize Your RV Adventures with a Thousand Trails Pass

From geocaching to “roughing it” in the British Columbia interior, the Thousand Trails membership has opened-up a world of possibility and adventure for retirees Glenn and Eva Hamakawa. The couple have been living in Langley, British Columbia for 18 years, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find them at home.

Thanks to the Thousand Trails pass these two happy campers spend at least seven months of the year in their RV —4 months down south during the winter, and “dry camping” in the B.C. interior during the summer months from June to September. “But just because we’re in our RV doesn’t mean you’ll find us at home,” Glenn says. “When we’re not RV’ing, we’re cruising,” he laughs.

“The last two years we’ve had the membership we’ve been able to explore and go on new adventures affordably,” Eva says. “Being retired we couldn’t go to all these places without it.”

Glenn and Eva’s neighbors had the pass and invited the couple to a road show in Langley so they could check it out too. “We weren’t sure about going,” Glenn says. “We weren’t RV’ers at the time, we preferred camping. But it turns out we liked it, it eased us into RV’ing and gave us more time to spend in our trailer during the winter season.” What’s the difference between camping (also called dry camping) and RV’ing? According to Glenn, it’s the hook-ups!  

“During the summer we do more back country camping,” Eva says. “Our RV has solar panels and a large fresh water tank, so we’re self-sufficient. We love to go fishing and enjoy the lake in the interior. But when the winter hits and our water start to freeze, then it’s time to go south.”

In the past, Glenn and Eva travelled to the U.S. before getting a pass, but couldn’t stay for as long. “We’ve done trips that were 5 weeks in Washington and Oregon, but we were paying $30 – $50/night. It was too expensive,” Glenn says.

Explore More with Thousand Trails

Now, with the Thousand Trails pass Glenn and Eva have been living the RV lifestyle to its fullest – going to different places at their leisure, visiting new parks and going back to their favorites. “We really enjoy traveling and going to new places,” Glenn says, “but our favorite park is Cultus Lake. It’s close to home and a spot where we can get the trailer set up and ready for summer or winter, depending on which direction we’re headed.”

Last winter, with the Thousand Trails membership Glenn and Eva went to California for the first time. Using the pass in the Southwest Zone allowed them to ease themselves into the snow bird lifestyle. “California was great, but a lot wetter than we expected,” Eva said. “When we left there was a foot of snow here in B.C. We went through Washington, Oregon and then California. Our plans took us to Seattle in March,” she says. “We went to Idyllwild [in the San Jacinto Mountains] where we were at a 7,000 ft elevation and there was lots of snow, but overall we enjoyed the park.”

Roughing it during summer in the back country of Canada and the Northwestern states, then RV’ing at different Thousand Trails parks during the winter months allows Glenn and Eva to extend the time they can spend in their RV. “When we’re in the parks we’re usually in the hot tub in the evening after dinner, it’s very relaxing,” Glenn says.

Venture Off the Beaten Path

Hot tubbing is great, but when it comes down to it one of this couple’s favorite activities is geo-caching. “We really enjoy geo-caching, and the pass allows us to visit new areas, geo-caching in towns and cities you don’t normally go to, and we always find new and interesting sites,” Glenn says.

“Going to all the different parks lets you explore, too,” Eva adds. “You go off the beaten trail to get to some of these parks and you can explore and see cities you wouldn’t otherwise see. That’s one of the nice things about Thousand Trails, is it takes you off the beaten path,” she says.

Even though they’re far from home, the “staff are very friendly and make you feel welcome at all the parks,” Glenn says. “That’s really important to us.”

So, if you’re looking for an affordable way to get the most out of your RV, or just want to test out the RV lifestyle, then consider a Thousand Trails membership. Like Glenn and Eva, you’ll be able to maximize your RV adventure while gaining affordable access to hundreds of parks throughout Canada and the United States. Visit ThousandTrails.com for more information.

Snowbirds, Come Warm Your Soul in Southern California!

Southern California is the place to visit when winter’s cold blanket covers the ground. Southern California has warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. In the middle of winter temperatures range from 14-22C (57-72F) with an average temperature of 20C (68F). Imagine waking each day to beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures while you enjoy a breakfast of fresh strawberries, grapefruit and avocado. Did you know there are over 500 varieties of avocado! Eight of them are grown right here.

Adventure Awaits!

With two major city centers – Los Angeles and San Diego – Southern California has an excess of exciting things to offer. Whether you’re a history buff, an exotic animal lover, a connoisseur of world class wines, or on the hunt for celebrity autographs, your days will be filled!

Los Angeles Area

Have your camera ready when you visit Tinsel Town. Be sure to check out the Walk of Fame, which has immortalized more than 2,400 celebrities. Shop till you drop on Rodeo Drive. Take a walk on Venice Beach. Let the child within come out to play and plan a Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm adventure.

For a change of pace, be sure to quench your thirst at one of the many spectacular wineries in the region. Malibu Wine Safaris offers guests the opportunity to tour its 404 hectare (1,000 acre) Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard in an open jeep, meeting camels, zebras, and even a celebrity giraffe!

San Diego Area

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! The San Diego Zoo is home to more than 3,700 animals, both exotic and domestic. The city has over 90 museums, filled with various exhibits of interest. View the city in a different way. . . take a boat tour with one of the many great companies in the area or hop on the Old Town Trolley.

When it’s time to switch up the pace a bit, visit one of the area’s incredible wineries. From second generation winemakers to organically farmed grapes, the award-winning wines produced by these wineries are sure to please your palate.

Pull in and Relax

There are several RV Resorts to choose from in this area. Some are high in the mountains, others are under palm trees and beside fish canals. Choose from being close to major centers or getting your fill of Mother Nature.

Wilderness Lakes RV Resort

Not far from Los Angeles (123 km/76 mi) is Wilderness Lakes RV Resort. You’ll love the fishing canals that weave their wave through the 80-acre park. Temperatures here are very mild in the winter and there are about 20 golf courses nearby, several within a 20-minute drive of the park. When you want to dine out, or have fun shopping, head over to Old Town Temecula, about 25 minutes away. The Pechanga Resort and Casino is a 30-minute drive miles south of the resort. It’s the largest gambling casino in the state with tons of gaming fun, dining and entertainment.

Idyllwild RV Resort

With an elevation of over 2,133 m (7,000 ft) this is a true four seasons resort. Nestled in the San Jacinto mountains, Idyllwild RV Resort lies halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, about 175 km (110 mi) in either direction. They have great cabins to rent,
should you decide to leave the RV at home for this trip.

Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort

Cathedral City, California, affectionately known as Cat City, is home to Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort. This is an age-qualified resort with stunning mountain view of the San Jacinto and Santa Rose Mountain ranges. Guests can even visit the burial site of the
great Frank Sinatra. This resort in halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, just outside of Palm Springs.

Palm Springs RV Camping

Imagine waking up, stepping outside and being surrounded by over 800 date palms on a 25-acre preserve. That’s what you’ll find at Palm Springs RV Camping. This is it – the heart of world famous golf country. This expansive desert community is near Joshua Tree National Park, the Living Desert Wildlife and Botanical Preserve and lots more great attractions. Take the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway up 2,440 m (8,000 ft) to the peak of Mt.
San Jacinto and take in the breathtaking views.

Oakzanita Springs RV Camping

Bring your RV for all season enjoyment. This resort has an elevations of 1,220 m (4,000 ft) in the heart of the mountains. In the winter the facilities and spa as well as RV camping amenities are open. In the warmer months, enjoying hiking in the mountains and fishing in nearby lakes. It’s only 63 km (40 mi) from San Diego to Oakzanita Springs.

Pio Pico RV Resort and Campground

This full-service, year-round resort is located a mere 30.5 km (19 mi) south of San Diego. Make this your home base and you are close to the zoo, museums and Sea World. And, you’re only 20 minutes from Mexico. Escape the rush of the city and relax in the quite of nature at Pio Pico.

No matter which park you choose, which cities or parks you explore, you are sure to take home precious memories of your time in Southern California.

 

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