It’s often said that if RVers don’t like their neighbors, all they have to do is turn the key and leave. We did that Friday night, but it wasn’t because of our neighbors.
We were in a 30 amp full hookup site here at the Seaside Thousand Trails preserve, and for the first couple of days it was fine. But Friday our Progressive Industries Electrical Management System (EMS) started kicking out. It would do it two or three times and come back on instantly, and anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours later it would do it again. First the EMS gave a fault code showing reverse polarity, which did not make sense since it was fine when we arrived and plugged in. Then the error message changed to Line Frequency High. That’s not good.
I had walked down to the dumpster to throw some trash away, and on the way back to our site I spotted an empty 50 amp site two rows behind us. A Ranger was driving past and I stopped him, explained the problem, and asked if we could move to the other site. He said as long as nobody grabbed it before we got there, it was fine.
It being Friday night, I knew a nice site like that would not stay vacant long, so I went back to our rig and told Miss Terry we needed to move fast. She was the middle of washing dishes, but we hustled and made what was surely the fastest and shortest move in our sixteen years of fulltiming. Within 45 minutes Terry had folded her loom up, we had secured things inside the motorhome, our barbecue grill and portable propane tank stashed in a storage bay, had the slide rooms in, leveling jacks up, rooftop TV dish stowed, campground utilities unhooked, had moved to our new site, repeated the process in reverse, and were all settled into our new campsite. And we have good solid power now!
There has been a lot of talk lately about a recent report that warns that it is only a matter of time before a major earthquake hits the Pacific Northwest coast and causes total devastation. Several readers have asked if we are concerned, and why we are staying here all summer in light of the report.
I got my start in the newspaper business here in the late 70s, and it was a big topic back then for a while and then all of the hubbub died off. They have said the same thing about California for as long as I can remember. And they are right, it can happen any day. Or not. Or a drunk driver or some kid texting could hit me head on as I go somewhere else that is safer. Or I could trip over a seagull when I’m on the beach flying my kite and break my neck. There are tornadoes and lightning in the South and Midwest, hurricanes along the Gulf and East coasts, and some kind of potential danger anywhere you go.
I have always believed that when it’s my time, I’ll go, and until then I’m not going to live in fear. I live for today, and today and for the next few weeks, we’ll be right here in one of the most beautiful places on earth. If my number really is up, can you think of a better place to cash in my chips?
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Thought For The Day – Most of the people who died yesterday had plans for today. Don’t take life for granted.