We arrived on Tuesday afternoon, got settled into our space, and started our orientation process pretty quickly.
Kathy and I will be “workamping” for the next six months at Rancho Verde RV Park in Camp Verde, AZ and what a beautiful small park it is. We’re excited to be here and we look forward to our new lifestyle experience.
The park is small (just 40 sites) and has green grass and large shade trees between each site, neither of which we expected to find in Arizona so it’s a real pleasant surprise. Camp Verde is located just east of I-17 about halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff. Right now (mid-September) the daytime temps are in the 80’s and low 90’s while the nights fall to the low 50’s and high 40’s.
Here’s just a few pictures of the park entrance, the office, our site, and one of the rows of RV’s. About half of the sites are long-term (months to as long as 12 years) with the others being daily or weekly.
George and Sigrid are the park owners and Steve and Cindy are the park managers. All four folks are wonderful people and while Cindy has been working with Kathy in the office to get her up to speed on the reservations process and billing software, I’ve been learning from George and Steve about all the systems that need either scheduled or “as needed” maintenance, (fresh water / irrigation water / black water / electrical pedestels / laundry equipment, etc.). They’ve got a very well-equipped (and organized) shop with all the tools and materials necessary to allow us to take care of most maintenance needs on our own.
After Oct 1st, there will be a 3rd workamper couple here so we’ll each (couple) will work 2 days on and 5 days off with each of the three couples working every 3rd Sunday as well. With a full complement of workampers, the owners will be able to take some well-deserved time off and not have to be here all the time.
Kathy and I have only gone into town (Camp Verde) once so far to pick up some groceries. It’s a cute little town and we look forward to going back and taking more time to see all that it has to offer. We’ll also be spending time doing a lot more sightseeing near towns like Jerome, Cottonwood and more. We already have plans to go up to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon next week because that are closes for the season on October 15th.
All in all, we are thrilled to be here and continue to look forward to this new lifestyle experience.