Holiday Weekend

 Posted by at 3:01 am  Nick's Blog
May 242013
 

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!

Yesterday I also reviewed the first six chapters of the audiobook version of Big Lake and Terry and I were both extremely impressed with what narrator Bruce Miles has done. The guy’s really good!

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?

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  3 Responses to “Holiday Weekend”

  1. Nick said: 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.

    I say: The Elks manager is a real jerk, he is in to power trips and is a disgrace to the organization. How some people like him get these jobs and hold them is a real mystery.

  2. Luckily no one was killed when the bridge collapsed over I-5 yesterday in Washington State. It is one we frequently use when heading north and my nephew and his wife had recently gone over it that seame afternoon. It sounds like a large truck hit the top right corner and down it went. Normally 71,000 cross the bridge daily so it could have been much worse. Looks are plans that are made in jello have a big stir coming to them.

  3. Doesn’t this person(jerk) have a boss he has to answer too? Maybe he needs to be reported especially if he is drinking during working hours. The fact that there are so many electric poles out of order should say something. Like you we try to never travel on a major holiday weekend, We are having a fun Memorial Day Celebration here at LSC and we will leave early Tuesday morning heading toward Lake Whitney. Have safe travel when you do leave and please give Terry a big hug from me she will know the reason Love you both

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