Saturday, September 13, 2014

Trusting one's instincts is a good thing indeed

As we were coming across the state of Washington I finally had enough of travel and demanded we stop for the night, even though the campsite was a bit of a dump.  Left Brain would have liked to push the last 60 miles and gotten in that night to eliminate one more set up.  But he acquiesced to my wishes and we stopped.  And it was a very good thing.

We pulled into the Thousand Trails campground in Bow WA about 10:30 am the next day, got our map with the sites available to us and went out to claim one.  We had no idea of what was to come.

We drove forever (at the required 5 mph) through the park to the far hinterlands and perused our choices...all of which stunk.  If you wanted a campsite in the pines to commune with nature, it would have been lovely.  But we've had a belly full of remote sites and yearned for shopping, restaurants, movies and a clear sky for the IS football season after all.  Plus these sites only had water and electric.  Since we may be parked here for an unknown length of time waiting for the windshield to be fixed we really wanted to have sewer hookups as well.

I called the Passport America people (where I made the reservations) and told them this was unsuitable.  At first it was going to be a $25 cancellation fee.  Fine.  Then it became a $47 cancellation fee.  Not as good, but still fine...we wanted to get going and find something that met our needs.  The good news was that the agent talked to her supervisor and managed to get a full refund of our money. 

This person might be wishing for snow, but I want to fix the windshield and start heading south...
it's getting colder up here by the day!

Meanwhile, Left Brain was on the other phone calling KOA to see if they had openings.  KOA is not our favorite but would do in a pinch, but they didn't have any openings anyway.  So he called River Bend RV, which I rejected initially based on the name.  I didn't want to be out in the country by the river, I wanted some civilization and I needed it soon!

Okay, we got into River Bend RV and much to my glee it has this name because it is on River Bend Street....right across the street from Walmart and lots of other shopping.  I guess you can't just a park by its name.

Had we been dealing with this late in the day when we were tired it would have been a nightmare.  I've learned over time that it's nice to be off the road by 3:00 before exhaustion sets in so you can enjoy the remainder of the day.

He settled in and I took my Kindle and shopping list and jumped in the car.  Why the Kindle?  I noticed a Panda Express next to Walmart and was ready for some serious alone time reading while I ate lunch before shopping.

Then I strolled through the most massive Walmart I've ever seen.  This place is ginormous!  I shopped leisurely and browsed the aisles without a man giving me "the look" that asks when we're going to be done.

I can't wait to see what else is around here!

Long Live the Queen of City Living


  1. Well, that did work out well after al! I like a happy ending, my friend.

  2. Glad you found your retail therapy. whew!

  3. Big box store - where ????????? I desperately need a stain stick and have checked every conceivable shop in this part of Dublin. Nada I much prefer small shops, but sometimes you just need options. Bob finally found a large spray bottle which he says is going with us as we continue. He's required to pretreat all his coffee spills on shirts, so I guess I will just let him hand carry it. LOL

  4. This sounds like a really nice to settle for a while. Imagine having a super Walmart right across the road? Enjoy, my friend, and have a fabulous day.