Sunday, October 2, 2022


Building an RV park: We had visitors!

By Machelle James

With our state beginning to open up again, we have been able to see our friends again! Living up here, out of the heat, has been truly a blessing to us. We have had more visitors these past two weeks and we love it! We have all been so isolated for so long that it was good to see our old friends.

Wild horses!

We had a friend over that bought his first side x side, a Honda Talon. Of course we had to take him out and find new trails to ride. Watching him enjoy his new toy, figuring out how it drives, what it can do, how fast it can go, was pure joy for us to see. We found a family of wild horses and they were just STUNNING to see! Right up close and personal!

Having our campground so close to the trails is AWESOME! We can go for a dusk ride and watch the sunset, go for a morning ride and feel the cool breeze on our skin. This is truly paradise for us!

New trails with our friends!

We have decided to become a Sponsor for Heber-Overgaard’s first UTV (utility task vehicle) event called Fire in the Sky, August 7-9. This event is named after the movie of the same name. It is about an alien abduction that happened in our town in the ’70s – hence the themed Alien event.

This event is aimed to off-roaders who want to take guided trails to see the area, ride in the tall pines and see landmarks and lakes. It is 50-100 miles depending on how far you want to go. There is also a Cornhole Tournament and giveaways; breakfast and dinner are included. Our local Cabin Bar & Grill will host this event at their restaurant. We will be there as this is our first sponsored event! If you are interested in this Alien Invasion, the registration is on Facebook and at

AJ and the Fire Department – Getting our burn permit!

We also got our approval from the Fire Department for our burn permit. These guys were so cool to talk to and to walk the property with. Now we can finally burn our tree stumps in our fire pits.

Our next step is getting final approval from the Board of Supervisors on June 18th. In the meantime, we are getting our grading permit ready. We have to call our electrician this week to put together a plan for our campground’s electrical needs. How big of a transformer do we need or how many of them do we need? All these questions we need to have answered by a professional as we have NO idea how to do this.

Finally,  next week we are painting the side deck on our house and our woodshed. I’ll have some before and after photos to show you next time.

Thank you for following our campground journey and, as always, See You in the Trees!

And please leave a comment!

AJ, Machelle and Jenna

Read previous articles here.

Machelle James and her husband, AJ, are building, from the ground up, a 15-acre RV park in Heber-Overgaard, Arizona, in the beautiful White Mountains 140 miles from Phoenix. Follow them on Facebook @ AJ’s Getaway RV Park or on Instagram at ajsgetawayrvpark.



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Diane Stephenson
2 years ago

As long time readers of RV travel, ever since issue #1, and paid subscribers, we look forward to the issues each week. However I must tell you how much we are enjoying Machelle James’s articles. She is a wonderful writer, always interesting, and I only hope she will continue writing for your magazine after the RV park is built and done. She and her husband AJ have been through the wringer with permits, and all the mindless bureaucracy one has to go through to build anything nowadays, but it shows who the tough people are and they have aced this and deserve great success with their project. Sticking to their vision through thick and thin, and now things seem to be falling into place. We wish them every success in the future and hope they don’t suffer too many more delays.

Machelle James
2 years ago

Thank you Diane for those kind words. I got a little choked up when I read this! I love it when other people truly understand the ups and downs of starting your own business. If it were easy, everyone would do it! I hope I get to write for as long as I can because then I’ll have camping stories to share as well.
The good, the bad, and the wonderful people we will meet throughout our journey.

Thank you for following our story and I hope one day we will be able to meet you!!!

Marmi Diaz
2 years ago

How exciting! Happy for your family that things are moving along. What a new experience , we love it here too!

Machelle James
2 years ago
Reply to  Marmi Diaz

Hi Marmi! It is such a beautiful town we live in! So glad we both found it!!

C Bonelli
2 years ago

These articles (Building an RV Park) are one of the highlights when reading this newsletter. Machelle writes with a great light touch that brings me along with her on the creation of their dream. Reading these feels like the old fashioned serial stories with a new chapter to look forward to read every week (or two).

Machelle James
2 years ago
Reply to  C Bonelli

AWWWW!!! Thank you for the kind words! I am so thankful for you reading our updates and becoming a part of our camping family. I truly enjoy writing and I am thankful to be able to share our story. I write as if you, our readers are next to me as I want you to “See” our journey.
Thank you again for your support and kindness!

2 years ago

You go,Girl! Live your dream.

Machelle James
2 years ago
Reply to  tom

You know it Tom! Than you for your continued support!

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