Sugarbarge RV Resort

Here is another review of a campground that Freewheelers visits every year — the Sugarbarge RV Resort!  But the reason I am inspired to post a review of this campground is because it was our “home” for 3 months in 2005!  Yes, ten years ago, Karen and I, in sugarbargeour Winnebago Adventurer, lived here from January through March almost ten years ago!  We were planning to move to California in the fall of 2005, and decided to escape the Connecticut weather and take up residence on Bethel Island while we explored the Bay Area to decide exactly where we wanted to live.

It was a magical time!  The folks at Sugarbarge were wonderful!  We had everything we needed, and the location was ideal.  We learned to use the BART to go in to the Oakland and San Francisco locations we wanted to visit, and we were able to explore the wonderful places around Brentwood, Antioch, Pittsburgh and other surrounding communities.  It was a great place to set up “home” for the time we were there.  BART, and all the surrounding towns, are within a 30 minute drive of the campground, so not only did we have a peaceful, rural setting for our RV home, but easy access to the rich resources of the entire Bay Area!

But it is also a wonderful campground for our Freewheelers group!  The clubhouse is ideal for our group gatherings.  The restaurant is open seasonally, and when it is open it is a terrific alternative to RV food!!  The marina offers lots of options for water activities, and I have taken wonderful walks on the roads around the park.  The island is a little rural community unto itself – an wonderful experience if you want to venture out into the community!

Do you have a campground that you love?  Send me your review and we will get it posted here!

Campground feature – Jackson Rancheria

Today I am starting a new blog feature for FreeWheelers – a “review” of the campgrounds that FreeWheelers use and know.  I will post here a feature on the campgrounds of our immediate past outings where folks can share our comments, hints, feedback and general experience in the campgrounds we visit.  You can also send me a suggestion for jackson1campgrounds that you want to list on our blog!  Eventually this blog will have a rich resource of information about campgrounds in northern California that you can search to find just the right spot for your next trip, or just the right spot for a future FreeWheelers outing!

I am starting with Jackson Rancheria!  Our chapter has returned to this spot annually over the past several years, so obviously it has become a chapter favorite.  It is located on the jackson2grounds of the nearby Casino, and has a Good Sam Rating of 10-10-10.  Since there seems to be only everything to like about this campground, you may have some hints to share about your experience here!  Let us know what you like, perhaps something you find not-so-good about it, and general information so that someone who has not been there has a better idea of what this campground offers (or does not offer!  Please leave your comments below — they will serve as an ongoing resource for everyone about this campground — Jackson Rancheria!

Web site “ins” and “outs”

One of the most frustrating things about the web (especially for those of us who are “digital immigrants”)  is that things are always changing!  This drives most of us just a bit crazy!  Even when the changes on a web site like this one include big improvements, there are 2people computerthings about the changes that can inspire a few words I won’t repeat here!

Some of the changes on this web site are indeed big improvements that most regular visitors to the site like a lot!  But it does take a while to get used to certain changes, like the new ways to find the things you want to find.

There is one change on our web site that is probably not an improvement for many of us .. we no longer put any information on the web site that can identify a person’s location or contact information.  This is because information like this that is on the web is used by some shady folks around the world to send out spam email, and location information (like personal addresses or phone numbers) can be used to harm someone.  And, since we are a group of women, it is prudent to keep this kind of information off the web.  Our web site is not just for our members … it is open to the whole world!

So the problem is this .. if you want to register for an outing and you need to send a check to the outing host, where do you find her address?  It is not on the web site!  So where is it? Here are the answers!!

  1. The current address for outing hosts is published in the monthly newsletter .. so when you get the newsletter, save it to your computer just in case you need this kind of detail!
  2. We are asking outing leaders to send their current mailing address in an message to the chapter email list. In addition, if an outing host agrees, we will put her mailing address on the downloadable registration form for her outing, but not all hosts are willing to have this exposure to the general public.
  3. Our chapter directory has most people’s addresses.
  4. You can use the contact form that is on every outing information page on this site; this form goes to the outing host so you can ask for her address.  If you are not a member of FreeWheelers and you are a woman who wants to attend an outing as a guest or a member of another RVW chapter, you won’t have access to the first 3 options. So use this option to get the mailing address!

The best of these options are the first two … these will provide the most current and accurate information about someone’s mailing address.  But #3 and #4 are OK if the first 2 fail!

Finally, if all else fails, there is the general contact form for the chapter if you just don’t know where to go to find what you need!  Click on the “contact” link that is on the main menu of every page on this site, and fill out the form to reach us.  Someone will answer, usually within 48 hours, to point you in the right direction!


Registration forms now available for June and July outings!

You can now register for the outings coming up in June and July!  It is easy to get to the online registration forms, and the outing information .. just look at the list of “upcoming outings” in the right sidebar on this and other pages on this site!

You will notice that we are encouraging you to use the online registration forms if at all magicwandpossible!  Each outing has its own form that goes directly to the outing host!  It is like a magic wand .. you type in your information, click the magic “submit” button, and your hosts receive an instant automatic record of your registration!

Many outing hosts are also accepting Paypal payments .. if this is the case this option will appear on the registration information and the form.

Of course we still have the paper forms available, but ask that you use the downloadable form that is set up for each outing .. please do not use old form or forms for other outings. You will see slink to download the paper form on the “registration” page for each outing!

If the outing host is collecting the camping fees for her outing, you will need to send her a check by mail; all of the addresses are listed in the member directory and in the current chapter newsletter!  If you do not have access to these, use the outing contact form on the information page for each outing.

Questions? Fill out the main Contact Form  — just click the “contact” link on the main menu in the top banner above!

A virtual caravan: Follow this blog!

If you are a member of FreeWheelers, another chapter of RVW, or are just interested in learning more about women and the RVing life-style, consider joining our “blog caravan”! caravan2 It is easy to do!  Just look for the link to “follow this blog” near the top of the right sidebar, click the link, and enter your email address!  Once you “follow” the blog you will get an email message every time someone posts on this blog.

We are developing a team of women in our chapter to share information, news, stories and news that can provide a bit of a glimpse into the “inside scoop” about RVing for women!  And best of all, you can respond to things we post here, ask questions, and give us suggestions for topics you want us to write about!  Just leave comment at the end of our posts.

So join our virtual caravan!  Follow our blog, and then take the lead by contributing your comments!  We would love to hear from you!

Entertainment on the road!

Most women who enjoy RVing part-time or full-time have absolutely no problem filling our hours and days with interesting, fun and unique things to do!  We are indeed a creative bunch!  But at the same time, we typically do not shy away from exploring new ideas and suggestions!  After all, this is in part what traveling around is all about!  So when Arleen, our newsletter editor, wrote about the joys of playing puzzles on a mobile device, I puzzleimmediately went to my app store and found the most wonderful array of puzzle apps to explore!  I have always enjoyed puzzles, but complicated puzzles and an RVing lifestyle do not mix too well — at least not the 1000-piece versions that take days to put together!

So now I am hooked, wherever I am.  The app I use is “Jigsaw Puzzle” from iTunes, and I can play using my iPad or iPhone.  It is a free app, then you have thousands of puzzles you can purchase from within the app for very little investment (99 cents to $3.99 for a group of 15 to 30 puzzles at a time).  I can then choose how many pieces I want to have for each puzzle.  And, for no additional charge, the app allows me to make my own puzzles out of photographs that I have taken over the years!  I have several completed puzzles of gorgeous Jazzyscenery from my photos taken during various travels, a few of my adorable granddaughters, and more than a few of our delightful little Yorkiepoo Jazzy (these are not easy, as you can imagine from the photo here)!

Puzzles on an electronic device are, of course, a solitary activity, which can be both a blessing and a curse!  If you love working puzzles with someone else as a small group activity that you share, then you may not enjoy the electronic approach!  But in an RV, even when traveling with a companion, the electronic approach makes it possible to enjoy something that keeps your mind alert and active during periods when you need something solitary and enjoyable.  And, for me, it is something I enjoy while the TV or radio is on, or during those moments when I have a bit of time waiting for something else to begin!

Do you have other ideas and suggestions for entertainment on the road?  Post your ideas here!  I know someone else who follows this blog just might take you up on your suggestion!

January Newsletter just published!

Our fabulous newsletter editor, Arlene Huffman, just published the January 2014 newsletter300newsletter!  If you are a FreeWheelers member and have not received your copy, use our contact form to let us know!  If you are not a member and want to join the fun, head on over to our “join” page to get started!

the January newsletter features an article about the new web site and explains more about a blog — what it is and why we are starting it!  If you would like to become a contributor to the blog, please let us know!  Leave a comment below to let us know your interest!  Or, just comment to let us know you are here and what you think of out web site!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Welcome to the new FreeWheelers web site

Indeed, this is the new website for our fabulous chapter!  All the old features are still here, but with an updated “look and feel.”   Please add your comments here on the blog as new 21372435posts are added, or on any of our “static” pages.  And use the new contact form to let us know of anything that needs to be added or changed at any time!

If you are visiting our site for the first time, and are not yet a member of RVW, explore the National RVW web site to learn more about our organization!  If you decide to join us, join RVW first, then come back here and use our form to join our chapter!

Most important, lease your comments and questions here … we want to hear from you, and we will respond!