3 Camping World Lots that Work Great for Overnight Rest Stops

If you shop as much as we do at Camping Worlds across the country and are Good Sam Members, consider using the store parking lots for rest stops during your travels.

Image courtesy of Camping World.com

Image courtesy of Camping World

On our recent trip from Southern California up to the Pacific Northwest we made use of three great Camping World parking lots. Rather than checking into a campground for the night, we tend to push through when we’re making long hauls. This last trip certainly qualified as a long one with a little over 1,400 miles from Slab City, CA to Anacortes, WA!

It just seems foolish to me to spend $30 or more when we’re only going to be stopped for eight hours. So instead of spending the money on campgrounds we put the money away towards something we’ve been wanting for the RV or maybe just a dinner out when we reach our destination. Besides, being able to stop and rest, make lunch/dinner, or use the facilities at will, is one of the best perks of traveling with an RV!

The first Camping World we stopped at was in Bakersfield, CA. I was a little leery about it before we got there. Mostly because while listening to local radio during previous trips through Bakersfield we heard a few too many stories about crime in the city.  So we were pleasantly surprised by how nice the area around this store was. This is one of the largest Camping Worlds we’ve seen and it’s tucked into a massive auto sales mecca so I’m guessing security around there was pretty good.

This is a Google image of the store and parking lots, the red arrow is where we parked. (You can click on the image to enlarge it and then hit back arrow to return to this site.)

Camping World - 5500 Wible Rd, Bakersfield, CA

Camping World – 5500 Wible Rd, Bakersfield, CA

The lot was easy to navigate and while we were there (from about 11:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.) it was very quiet.

The next stop for us was about 437 miles north in Anderson, CA. We popped into the Camping World of Redding. Again, even though the parking lot is very close to I-5, it was quiet enough for us to grab a good 6 or 7 hours of sleep. The key is getting there late and leaving early. 😉

Here is the Google image of the store and lot.

Camping World of Redding, 3700 Auto Mall Dr, Anderson, CA

Camping World of Redding, 3700 Auto Mall Dr, Anderson, CA

And finally, the last leg of our journey was from Redding, CA to Burlington, WA. It was long push of 668 miles, but we stopped a few times to stretch our legs and grab a bite to eat. Other than Portland and Seattle, this part of I-5 is fairly rural, so driving is much less stressful, making longer driving days not so tough. (Says the passenger, not the driver… lol)

The courtesy spots at Camping World of Burlington have power hook-ups which was a nice surprise. The store didn’t open until 10:00 (Sunday hours) so we had to hang out a little later in the morning then we normally would have. We had some odds and ends we needed to pick up so this worked out well.

This is the Google image for Camping World of Burlington, WA.

Camping World, 1535 Walton Dr, Burlington, WA

Camping World, 1535 Walton Dr, Burlington, WA

As far as I know the only requirement for taking advantage of a Camping World courtesy spot is that you must be a Good Sam Member, which of course we are. Also, as a return courtesy to them, we always get there well past closing and leave before they open, unless of course we need supplies.

If you have any great Camping World lots that you’ve used in the past we’d love to hear about them. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂




SNAFU at the Salton Sea

Situation Normal All Fouled Up… at the Salton Sea…

The Salton Sea

The Salton Sea

I think I may have jinxed myself the other day when I said we made it out Slab City without incident. I really should know better, but… what can I say? I was happy to get out of there.

Anyway, after a quick Facebook status update to let people know we were out of there and passing the Salton Sea, we ran into a little snag. Being on the road full-time “bumps in the road” are inevitable. But it still stinks when you hit them.

After being flagged down by a fellow RVer … we stopped and found this…

Ought-Oh! That doesn't look good.

Ought-Oh! That doesn’t look good.

Yes, that’s our bumper starting to rip apart. Where it’s welded to the frame is fine but the bumper itself peeled apart… which caused our bike rack to flop down and drag along the pavement. Thankfully we didn’t drag it for too far as we were flagged over by the very nice gentleman who let us know it happened.

But it was long enough to do some damage to my pretty little sage green bike. Ugg… 🙁

Looks like I need a tire and rim. Bummer!

Looks like I need a tire and rim. Bummer!

Joe’s bike got a little wear mark on the front fork from mine grinding into it but it could have been much much worse. Thankfully we didn’t lose the entire bumper which could have caused an accident. Wfew!

So with a view of the pretty Salton Sea in the background, Mr. G. got to work removing our spare tire and bike rack and then securing the bumper back up using tie-down straps.

I'm so glad he can handle any SNAFU!

I’m so glad he can handle any SNAFU!

The good news is – we can safely get to Washington now. The bad new is – we now have my bike in the camper (making quick bathroom breaks and parking lot over-nights a bit of a hassle) and our spare tire and Joe’s bike piled are now on top of the stuff already in the bed of the truck (making us look like we’re trying out for a remake of Sanford and Son.

Sanford and Son... on the road again! (Sorry if you're too young for the reference.)

Sanford and Son… on the road again! (Sorry if you’re too young for the reference.)

Like I said, little things like this happen when you’re logging as many miles as we do. We are very thankful everything worked out and that nobody was hurt during this little SNAFU. Hopefully this will be the last snag for the rest of this trip. It’s roughly 1,000 miles to Anacortes… wish us luck!

Guess that’s all for now. As, always, thanks for stopping by 🙂


Our First Boondocking Christmas…

Boondocking on Christmas you say?

Yes, that’s the deal this year. But, we are in a place where we are certainly reminded of the reason for the season.

This is a picture of Salvation Mountain in Slab City, CA.

Welcome to Slab City.

This is our boondocking Christmas spot.

This is our first year trying an off-grid Christmas so it’s going to be an experience. No utilities, no hustle & bustle, no gifts, no long lines, no decorations …. NO problem!  On the other hand, being so far away from family and friends is a huge bummer.

Still, I’m thankful for the true gift of love and to be on this amazing gypsy journey with my soul mate.

So, from our little house on wheels … Merry Christmas to all of our family and friends spread throughout this beautiful country of ours!!

Peace & Love

And yes, of course…


Moving on … to Our Christmas Eve Destination


After spending a few nights in Blythe, California at the McIntyre County Park (review after the holidays) we are heading to our to Christmas Eve destination.

In my last post I hinted that it was about 150 miles or so from Blythe.  Today I’ll give you one more hint.

One of this place’s claim to fame is a man made religous monument of sorts. We’ve had this place on our bucket list for a while now and I can’t think of a better time of year to visit.

I hope everyone is enjoying time with family and friends and making the most of the holiday!


A Sunday Drive Out in the Country… Quartzsite, AZ

Sunday was a beautiful day here in Quartzsite so we decided to take a little drive to see some sights. We weren’t interested in the mega flea market areas starting to take shape. Other than a quick browsing episode at The Gem Store, we haven’t strolled through the vendors that are beginning to set up shop here in Quartzsite, yet. I suppose we will check out the tents at some point, otherwise we probably couldn’t say we got the full “Q-experience”. 🙂

We took Cholla Road off Dome Rock and followed it until it turned to gravel, which wasn’t too far. Along the way we couldn’t help but be intrigued by the Dr. Seuss looking vegetation scattered along the roadside.


I haven’t looked into what these guys are called, but aren’t they cute?!?


There was one plant that looked so out of place to me. Its leaves were so soft and supple.  I don’t know how it thrives in this environment.

Any ideas on what this is?

Any ideas on what this is?

I also thought it was strange to see moss on a tree in the desert. I’m not sure why I thought this, but you’ve heard me say before, when it comes to plants and animal tracks I have a lot to learn!


I about jumped out of my skin when I saw this thing growing up out of the dusty earth. Yes, I thought it was some kind of snake… :-0


Snake or the head of a Loch Ness Monster… in Quartzsite. LoL

This one sort of looks like creepy sea creature …


And of course… the requisite dead wood photo…

Looking back on it I should have played with the sun and shadows a little... :-/

Looking back on it I should have played with the sun and shadows a little… :-/

We came to a fork in the road and looking at the sign which way to do you think Mr. G decided to go? LoL

Hmmm... choice seems easy, right?

Hmmm… choice seems easy, right?

Yes, we chose the “Oh Poo Run”. But not for too far. We ran across a couple of posted claims that were pretty cool. The notices looked fairly new so I wonder how often people are out there prospecting. We didn’t see anyone around the day we were exploring.


The next sign was set off the road a bit and probably a marker for folks to find a spot they’re looking for. I thought it was the coolest sign we’d seen all day. 🙂

Land of the Free... Home of the Brave

Land of the Free… Home of the Brave

Once we made it back to the fork in the road we took Lapaz Valley. There was a mine set in the hill the Mr. G wanted to check it out. He made his way into the tunnel until he came to a split and turned around. He said it was about 55 paces. Ugg, just thinking about it makes me feel short of breath. I gingerly stepped inside and made it about five very short tippy-toe paces and hightailed it out of there!

Mr. G making his way inside

Mr. G making his way inside

I made it as far as the inside door…

"Authorized Personnel"... yep, that leaves me out!

“Authorized Personnel”… yep, that leaves me out!

It was pitch black inside but the flash on my phone actually worked pretty well. However, not well enough for me to consider going any farther.

Babe??? Can you hear me???

Babe??? Can you hear me???

Thankfully he answered me right away… otherwise the rest of the day would not have been as peaceful and pleasant. LoL

Looking back out to daylight from as far as I was willing to go

Looking back out to daylight from as far as I was willing to go

We made our way out on Lapaz Valley Road which connects with 95 out where the Long Term Visitor Areas are located. There’s no doubt more and more RVers are arriving every day. I’m not sure what our plans are just yet. We’ll need to move on to somewhere on Sunday, just not sure if we’ll be going to the LTVA or heading out of town. But then we usually never know what’s around the next bend in the road. 😉

"Cruising down a dirt road..."   Life is good :-)

“Cruising down a dirt road…” Life is good :-)

Guess that’s all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂