As fulltime RVers, there are three holiday weekends every year when we try to plan ahead and be settled in at an RV park by midweek to be off the road ahead of the holiday crowds. We learned this lesson our first summer, when we found ourselves on the Washington coast at Independence Day with no reservations and every campground in the area full.
Of course, we still have to deal with crowded campgrounds, and the occasional inconvenience like barking dogs and smoky campfires, but we know the weekend campers will go back to the real world come Monday afternoon and things will get back to normal.
We’re parked at the campground at the Show Low Elks lodge, with a pull through full hookup 50 amp site, and hopefully we won’t have to move. We paid for two weeks when we arrived, and due to the power problems with their electric pedestals, we are on our third site since we arrived last week. But we’ve been told second hand that the manager has this site rented to somebody else and we may have to move. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Supposedly the entire campground is rented for the next four months. That’s going to be interesting since the power at three sites, at least, is bad. I did some quick math in my head, and at $20 a night the lodge stands to lose $7,200 in revenue (based upon 30 day months). But the guy who runs the place doesn’t seem to care; every time I’ve tried to talk to him he’s busy slapping backs at the bar. I need a job like that.
Holiday traffic is always a hassle, but a lot of folks in Washington state are going to have some real difficulties. Yesterday a bridge on Interstate 5 over the Skagit River north of Seattle collapsed. News reports said several vehicles and their occupants were in the water. And people tease me about my fear of driving over bridges!
I worked on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal yesterday, getting seven pages done before we left in mid-afternoon to go to Tiffany’s house. We had a good time playing with the grandkids and visiting with Tiffany and her husband Scott, and Miss Terry made a delicious dinner of pork loin, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade rolls, and lots of other extras. Yummy!
Today we’ll visit some friends and probably stop and check in on Terry’s parents, who keep their motorhome at the RV park at the Hon-Dah Casino. We’ve only got a few days left and we never seem to be able to get to see everybody we want to when we’re here. Where does the time go?
Thought For The Day – Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.