Somebody sent me an e-mail the other day saying my blog is getting boring. He said he really doesn’t care where we ate dinner or about old cars or the people we meet. I replied that the fulltime RV lifestyle isn’t just about driving down the highway or pulling into a new campground every night. It’s about all of that and the joy of making new friends and sampling the local flavor of the communities we visit. But if you’re the person who e-mailed me and you’re reading this, stop now because you’ll be disappointed again.
Yesterday was a chore day. Yes, even fulltimers have to do mundane things like laundry and shopping once in a while. There are no chore fairies.
Since we have not had a sewer connection for almost two weeks, it was time to either buy new undies or find a coin laundry. That’s something Miss Terry hates. She would much rather use the washer/dryer combo in our motorhome. And there’s a good reason for that.
We tried two laundries here in Bremerton. One had dozens of washing machines, but only two or three that worked and a line of people waiting their turn at them. Why would you have a laundry and not keep your machines in working order? Aren’t you losing money every day they are broken? The second place had more working machines, but it was run down and dirty and I think our clothes would have come out of the machines worse than when they went in.
I did a search on Yelp (yes, Yelpers review things besides restaurants) and found a place called 1 Stop Cleaning in Port Orchard that looked decent. It was about eight miles away, but what the heck, why not? When we pulled up, I wasn’t too sure because there was only one car in the parking lot, but as it turns out the place was very clean and all of the machines worked fine. And I guess our timing was perfect, because by the time we got our machines loaded it was pretty busy. And, as an added benefit, the laundry was right on the bay with an awesome view across the water to the aircraft carriers at the Bremerton Naval Yard.
By the time the laundry was done we were hungry, so back in Bremerton we stopped at Noah’s Ark, a diner style place that has been serving good food since 1974. Nothing fancy here, but everything on the menu is delicious and the prices are reasonable. It definitely gets added to our Favorite Restaurant Guide.
From there we stopped at WalMart for some things we needed, on the way back to the Elks lodge campground. Like I said, just a regular day, nothing exciting, no new sights to see, and no adventures to report.
I do have a couple of things to share with you that you might find interesting. Chris Dunphy and Cherie Ve Ard from Technomadia have released a version of their excellent State Lines app for Android phones and devices. I’ve used the Apple version on my iPad for years now and it has been very useful.
And if you like reading romance stories, check out Anna J. McIntyre’s new book Sugar Rush, which is set in Lake Havasu, Arizona and has a lot of local flavor. In fact, there’s even a delicious hot fudge recipe in the story. How’s that for flavor?
Today we are leaving Bremerton and moving about 40 miles north to the Escapees Evergreen Co-op in Chimacum, a few miles south of Port Townsend. Port Townsend is one of our favorite towns and we’re looking forward to spending some time exploring this historic community.
Thought For The Day – Fake friends are like shadows. They’re always near you at your brightest moments, but they’re nowhere to be seen at your darkest hour.