Friday, February 29, 2008

No more hosting at Admiralty RV Resort

Working at Admiralty RV Resort wasn't my cup o' tea. I've hosted at several other places where the work environment was much more laid back. It was difficult to work at Admiralty...it was just too stressful. I felt micro-managed and I'm accustomed to being more of a self-starter with less supervision. I've paid for a site through the end of March and then I'm heading out.

I can't say this has been a totally bad trip because I've seen and experienced places I would not have otherwise taken the time to explore.

It's been a great learning experience for me, but it'll be time to move on at month's end.


Until next time!
Barb

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

About Admiralty RV Resort, San Antonio Texas

If you've been keeping up with my blog, you know I'm now a host at Admiralty RV Resort.

The following are a few things to know:

Because of Spring Break, March is the busiest month of the year for RV resorts near Sea World San Antonio. Plan to make reservations early.
Admiralty RV Resort has a large pool, a jacuzzi, a fitness room, a playground for the kids, a laundry facility, cable TV, and WiFi. Spaces are tight and shade is limited. There are pull-through and back-in sites available. Most sites are large enough to park your rig and at least one car ranging from 60 feet in length down to about 35 feet. They do have limited "luxury" pull through sites with a landscaped yard. Many sites do have small grassy yards. It's best to ride through with a map and pick a few of your "favorite" sites before making a decision. Admiralty RV Resort offers daily, weekly and monthly site rentals. Site pricing starts at $36 per night.

Do not park your rig along the back fence as directly behind is a neighborhood complete with dogs who stay outside 99% of the time...barking. Also, some of the pet owners in the neighborhood (behind the fence) do not clean up after their pets and the smell of doggie poo can be pervasive...it just depends on which way the wind blows.

Speaking of pets,
Admiralty RV Resort does allow up to 2 dogs, they must be on a leash at all times and you must clean up after Fido. Aggressive breeds including Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers and Pit Bulls are NOT allowed.

Admiralty RV Resort offers several discounts including Good Sam, AAA, TACO and Passport America. Restrictions apply!

If you're a tourist this location is close to Sea World which is just 10 minutes away (the resort runs a shuttle) or if you're interested in sightseeing, Admiralty RV Resort can arrange a guided tour of many of the most popular tourist destinations including the Texas hill country and the historic San Antonio Missions. All tours are provided by an independent tour company, not Admiralty RV Resort. In the resort office, you can also purchase very inexpensive bus tickets to downtown San Antonio, and ride the trolleys all day at no extra charge. (Tickets are $4.00 each, prices subject to change without notice.) Shopping is very close as are restaurants and bars.

As for the "natives", everyone in this area seems very friendly and quite helpful. Texas has a nice, down home feel.

At this time there is a drought in this part of Texas. It is very dry and there is a fire alert which means no open fires. The weather here is moderate in the winter, there are a few cold snaps. Temperatures in winter range from the low 40s to the 80s, but are mostly constant hovering between the 50s at night to the mid 70s during the day. The weather, for the most part, is dry with some humidity, but it can be very windy and when it rains...it pours! There is a possibility of tornadoes in this part of the country as warm Gulf moisture collides with cold fronts coming in from the west during early spring and through summer. Spring is moderately warm and summer is best described as...HOT! In Autumn temps start to cool in October. The country side is mostly brush with not so tall trees. The hill country is a contrast with lush greenery, hills (obviously) and picturesque vistas.

Downtown San Antonio is beautiful! Riverwalk is a prime destination. Be sure to take a guided riverboat tour when visiting. Take a trolley to the Farmer's Market and Market Square for food and fun! For a breathtaking walk back into history visit the Spanish missions and be sure to check out First Friday if you happen to be in town.


Until next time!
Barb

...by the hair on my chinny, chin, chin!

Well....

I MADE IT! Let's all do a happy dance!!

I would've written sooner, but all the driving and stress finally caught up with me. I pretty much collapsed when I got here and then I started training. It's been non-stop. I'd like to say my trip down was non-eventful, but alas, I wouldn't have a great story to share with you if it was anything less than...non-eventful!

I made fantastic time in the car...of course I was driving 70 - 80 mph the whole way. I spent the night at my friend Amanda's house on Monday night and left at 7:00 am on Tuesday morning. I made it from DC to West Memphis, AK on Tuesday night...by the skin of my teeth.

I hit the worst weather you can imagine between Nashville and Memphis, driving was " white knuckle hair raising" in the pouring rain and unbelievable wind. The worst was about an hour from Memphis. I kid you not, the rain was so hard I couldn't see outside my windshield and the rain was blowing straight sideways right to left. The wind blew a tractor trailer across the road and it almost took off the front end of my car! I immediately pulled over (there was no paved shoulder) and waited out the storm on the grassy shoulder. Everyone pulled over...cars, pick up trucks, 18 wheelers...it was not possible to drive. Later, I heard on the radio that it was an unconfirmed tornado!!!!!!

After the storm passed, I drove into the Memphis area and realized I was running on fumes...the idiot light was flashing, so I pulled off to get gas. Everything was dark...no electricity anywhere! The storms and wind had killed power for over 100,000 people in the Memphis area. I was about to lose my cookies from stress as I was so low on gas and I was completely LOST. I saw a FedEx truck and pulled over to ask the driver if he knew where I could get gas...he said power was on about 5 miles away and gave me directions. He was an angel...he gave great directions and just when I thought I was going to have to push my car, I found a gas station with lights and pumps on and coasted in. Just in the nick of time! The attendant showed me a crack in the window where a trash can had hit it. He said he heard on the news the wind had been blowing at almost 90 mph there!

After getting gas, I drove through Memphis and got a hotel room in West Memphis, AK. The lady at the front desk told me their lights had just come back on..the truck stop next door clocked winds at 85 mph. Believe me, I was thanking God for getting me there with all my fingers and toes when I finally crawled into bed.

I got up the next day and drove another 14 hours to San Antonio...yes, I'll admit I missed my exit in Little Rock and almost ended up in Oklahoma, so I turned around and doubled back. It was okay though, because my little detour took me through some of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen. After pulling over in Austin for a short break, I made it into my driveway just before sunrise on Thursday morning. I got into my bed, put my head on the pillow...and slept for almost 12 hours. I was so happy to get to San Antonio safely. What an adventure!

I've been hitting it hard with intense training and I haven't had any time to explore the area, but I picked up several magazines and there seems to be quite a bit to see and do here. I plan to take 3 guided tours to see the hill country, downtown San Antonio, and the Spanish missions. I'll let someone else do all the driving (for a change!!) so I can relax, eat, drink and be a tourist! I'll be sure to take pics and send some your way.

Admiralty RV Resort is very nice, but it's completely different from CHSP. CHSP is very "natural" and rustic. Admiralty is more of a motor-home, pull-behind trailer park. Space is tight and shade is at a premium. I'll have more in depth info to share about the resort in my next post.

I'm already working on cleaning and repairing their computers and properly networking their printers...so I'm enjoying myself!

I'll keep you posted!

Barb :-)