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It’s that time of year again when California’s Coachella Valley says goodbye to the tens of thousands of people who call our Valley their second home: Snowbirds, as they’re called, are heading off.

“We’re getting ready to go home so it’s very hectic and very busy right now,” said Marianne Thomsen, a Canadian visitor.

The Thomsens are about to join thousands of others who have already left the Coachella Valley. The couple heads back home to Canada on Friday.

“It’s very sad because we’re leaving some very nice friends behind. You know, you hope everything is going to be fine when you come back down again, but every year we always lose somebody. So, it’s emotional at times when we say goodbye to everybody,” said Thomsen.

Up until a few weeks ago, the Indian Wells RV Resort in Indio where the Thomsens stay was packed with about 320 RV spots taken.

“Today, it looks rather empty. There’s about 20 RV sites occupied,” said General Manager Terry Wenck.

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Campgrounds are going hi–tech and high class, giving campers all the amenities they can find in a hotel stay.

When you think of camping you probably imagine family and friends barbecuing and enjoying the great outdoors.

“They just went for a hike. We’ve been cooking. They’ve been making mud pies and we’ll probably play Apples to Apples later,” says David Simmons who was camping at the Colorado National Monument.

But it’s nothing fancy. “There’s flushing toilets, that’s about it,” says Simmons.

Camping is traditionally thought of as roughing it. “Getting out into the wilderness and getting some fresh air,” says Simmons.

But some campers are changing that perception. “If you take a family, you need a bathroom. And it’s nice to have a shower,” says Steven Smiley who was camping at KOA Campgrounds in Grand Junction.

And perks like Wi-Fi are a huge attraction for campers like Smiley. “I will say we’ve never had Wi-Fi before. That was really nice,” he says.

Campsites like KOA in Grand Junction may not be in the most picturesque of locations, but campers say their amenities like the pool, game room and washer and dryers make up for it.

“This is nicer,” says Smiley.

Curtis Pauli is the owner of KOA Campgrounds. He says more and more people aren’t pitching tents. Instead, they’re rolling up in RVs. He’s even converted some tent only spaces into RV spots to keep up with the demand.

“Upper–end RVs are far more prevalent then they were years ago,” says Pauli.

“I think this camping is much better. We have a 25 ft. RV ourselves. It’s very nice and comfortable,” says Bruce Rahn, as he was staying at the KOA Campground.

But for some campers like the Simmons family, no amenity will ever be worth giving up the scenery of the Colorado National Monument.

“I’d like to make this a yearly thing. This is a beautiful place,” says Simmons.

With those amenities comes a higher price too. To pitch a tent at KOA Campgrounds, it will cost $27 a night. An RV $35 and a cabin between $50-90. At the Colorado National Monument, tents and RVs cost $10 a night.
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PLUMAS COUNTY, California. — A $1 million piece of dream land in the high Sierra can be yours for just $100, if you win Rob Mowrey’s raffle.

“My dream is really crushed by the economy and fuel,” he said. “Fuel is really the thing that hurt us the most.”

Mowrey’s Golden Coach RV Park in a remote part of Plumas County isn’t making enough money to pay his mortgage. So, for $100 a ticket, he’s raffling off the nine-acre parcel, which includes 51 RV spots, a house, post office, two stagecoaches, two fire pits and some spectacular views.

“It’s really tough, it is. It’s very tough, because I have huge expectations of what this park could be,” Mowrey said.

With the money from the raffle, Mowrey said he can get out of debt, and the winner gets everything except the mortgage.
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