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Sunriver-Bend RV Park – Thousand Trails

Sunriver Oregon Thousand Trails Bend-Sunriver RV Park

We arrive Sunriver, a resort town in the high desert in Oregon. Reservations had been made for the dates for the show about 3 months ago. We added two days in the front of the reservation about a week prior because we were arriving early. We arrived to the RV park. They would only let us check in for the two day stay because they won’t combine reservations. They do not reserve a specific spot for you. You have to drive around and find a spot. The campground is really full and it was really frustrating to try and figure out where to we would fit.

They don’t have sewer hook ups either. Most of the spots available were too small for our RV. But we finally found one on the back part of the campground.  The fact they don’t reserve a specific spot would have been enough to make me not stay here again.  We did find a new spot closer to the front and bigger the next day.

The kids left on the second day to go to their Aunt’s in Washington, so it’s just Scot, me and the cats while we do the Sunriver Art Festival.

We have been taking the grey water in the sewer caddy every other day to the dump. There is only 2 dumps and every time we have been there they are over flowing.  No one seems to care that there was a problem.  Trash was also over flowing at some areas.

This is our first experience with a campground in the thousand trails, but we are not impressed and can’t understand why you would buy into it if this is an example of the type of facility.  The miniature golf area was in bad condition with carpeting being torn etc.  Pools looked fine though.  They did have a large community area where you could hold an event.

Sunriver is a pretty place. I would like to have more time to explore more.





Williams, Arizona

Our next stop is Williams, Arizona.  It’s about an hour away from the Grand Canyon which is why we chose it.  We stayed at Grand Canyon Gateway RV Park.  http://grandcanyonrvparks.com/  Easy access for off I-40.   It was nice and worked perfect for a jumping off point.

Williams is small, but full of interesting places to shop and see.  If you or your children on into Pokeman Go the place is crawling with Pokestops and Pokeman.

For the reader in you there is a small used bookstore called Persnickety Book Shop that has a nice selection for your vacation reading.   There is a Safeway too.  We just used it as a resting point for our visit to the Grand Canyon.  But if we had more time we would have explored more.   http://experiencewilliams.com/20160804_124813


Fairhope Art Festival – Wales West


We did the Fairhope Art Festival last weekend, the one that the Chamber of Commerce runs.  There is also one that Fairhope Art Center runs.  They are two shows kind of blend together as they come together on one street.

The Chamber show is well organized and run as they’ve been doing it for over 60 years.   They provide a breakfast for artists all three days with cheesy grits and/or shrimp grits, plus the usual fruit and doughnuts.   They have a dinner for the artists Friday night where they hand out some substantial awards.  One free ticket per booth space, you can purchase extras.  The staff and volunteers are helpful and friendly.

Couple noted things… one make sure you stay in your booth space.  They give you a 10×12 space.  No extra room behind, but a couple of feet extra on the side.  Booths are set up in quads.  You can purchase a premium corner spot, which means that you are facing the incoming traffic.   But I’m not really sure all the spots are premium.  There doesn’t seem to be a bad spot in the show as people come in from everywhere, but I think that the main street Fairhope Ave probably gets the most traffic.

The show is a mix of art, crafts and unfortunately this year some crap displays.   I’m hoping that was just a fluke.  They are not on zap and you need to go through the Eastern Shore Chamber to sign up.

Last year is was a very good show for us, despite being closed on Sunday do to horrid weather.  This year is was slow and most of the artists agreed that crowds and sales were down.  And unfortunately the big ticket items weren’t moving at all.   We are up in the air if we will do it again, because of sales.   But the show is very well run and they even make you show your ID to set up.  How refreshing is that?

We are staying at Wales West RV resort, located in Silver Hills about 15 minutes from Fairhope.


It is a really nice campground with a train theme.  They have some small trains that run throughout the weekend and mostly on the weekend.  Very adorable. Dame Ann

The campground has good sized spaces.  Nice laundry room, single shower and bathroom spaces and an indoor pool.   They also have some sort of a wood shop or such.   Very nice friendly people.  I’d definitely stay here again.   They have several events that run throughout the year, right now the whole place is done up with Easter bunny theme.  Christmas is a big time for them with the train.   Relatively inexpensive to stay.