Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ready Or Not, Here IT Comes

Current location: Chester, CA

What is IT you might wonder? The dreaded 4th of July holiday weekend! Yes, what a difference a year makes. Last year, we couldn't wait for the long holiday weekends. And now we can't wait for them to be over with!

It's going to be a crazy weekend. When many of the monthly and seasonal clients specifically leave the campground during this time, you know it must be bad. Many campers already started rolling in this week, but the big rush will come on Thursday and Friday.

Chester has a 4th of July parade and fireworks that are pretty well known in the area so that attracts a lot of people. One of our biggest challenges of the weekend will be unauthorized guests. This campground has a pretty strict visitor policy. Every visitor must be pre-registered and paid for in advance. And the number of visitors must still fall within the maximum number of people allowed on a site, even if the visitors are not staying overnight. I'm sure you can imagine how confusing this is for us to track when we get busy. Well, because of the fireworks show, we are expecting a lot of visitors...and probably a lot of disgruntled campers who didn't understand the policy in the first place. Yeah, I'm dreading the weekend.

But on the flip side, we'll be so busy that the weekend will fly by and be over before we realize it!

So happy early 4th to all of you. For those of you still working 9-5, I hope that it is a nice, long relaxing weekend. For those of you who are living the RV dream, I hope that it is a quick and peaceful weekend. And for those of you who are working this weekend, my sympathies are with you, but I'll be right along with you!


  1. I hope all goes well at the CG for your holiday weekend.

    I know some folks might balk at being charged a fee as a visitor to a CG. But looking at it realistically, they are using the facilities just like the campers do. We have been to several CG's where little wrist bands are issued to the guest who have paid to be there. It is a good system. With a guest pay program the number of extra people being allowed into a CG can be controlled. Makes sense to me.

    Enjoy the 4th.

  2. We hope your weekend goes by quickly and everyone obeys the rules!

    Happy 4th

    Stay Safe

  3. We hear you!! It is the busiest weekend/holiday in a campground. Last weekend was rough here so we have our fingers crossed. We have campers starting to drift in and it should pick up later today and into tomorrow. This state campground has narrow winding roads and when you have lots of visitors at a site folks can't get in or out. I also worry about the kids running wild and getting hit by a car that couldn't see them among all the parked cars. It will be crazy!
    You guys hang in there!! It will be quiet again soon.

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  4. Happy 4th to you too. We're bracing for the weekend here at the campground. We've asked the Rangers for a radio scanner so that we can monitor what is happening throughout the park.

  5. Good luck this weekend! I hope you stay busy, but a good kind of busy. :)

  6. Good luck this weekend gals. If you make it through this, you can make it through any busy weekend.

    Although we're not fulltimers yet, we still chose to stay away from the campgrounds on holiday weekends. We enjoy our peace and quiet too much. ;)

    Be well,

  7. good luck and we see you on the other side of the long weekend...

  8. Connie ? Tracy ? WAKE UP! ;)

    I hope you made it throught the holiday weekend without too much trouble.

    Can't wait to read your updated blog entry.


  9. Hello ladies!! :)

    Stopping by to say hello.

    I hope you survived and enjoyed your 4th of July weekend!