Be Prepared. This re-write of this morning’s blog just goes to prove that try as you may, one of the Scout Laws ought to have been “Stay Loose”
I was a Boy Scout.(Can you tell?)
Do YOU remember the Scout Menu Song? Well, I do! And this morning when I woke up thinking about our short jaunt for the day it all came out in song —
Today is Tuesday, Today is Tuesday, Tuesday Junction City,
And so it is that we picked up sticks on Tuesday about noon and headed North to the Guaranty RV in Junction City. The plan was to overnight there so that early in the morning we could have that fuse bypass switch installed in our CR-V. Not an earth shattering RV Mod — but worth it for the inconvenience and dirty knees I get when trying to pull that inconveniently located fuse before towing.
But things did not go according to hoyle. First, when we unhooked from city water our water pressure pump pooped out. Not sure what’s wrong — I will pour over the owners manual tonight to see if I can find the problem.
But the second non-hoyle event was that as I walked in the door the Service Manager came up to me and said, “I was getting ready to call you. Management told us we can’t take any more work (I suspect they have new units to deliver and sales are more important than repairs) and I can’t do your install tomorrow.
Long story short, seeing as I now had two things to have done and they are short of time I agreed to return after our AM Solar Appointment to get them both done. No harm, no foul.
So, we came back to Shamrock Village for the evening and morning tomorrow. Wednesday P.M. we’ll drive over to AM Solar for our pre-install consult — where to put everything, and what we have to clear out so they can work on what they need to access inside the coach.
I’m getting really excited about the prospects of having this all done. I have dreamt about solar for a long time — much longer than we have been RV’ing and I’m eager to see how it works out for us; how much we’ll actually boondock, and whether the install kills our fuel mileage, and … well… a million other little details that no one else cares about.
Depending on whether I can get the water pump working we may stay at AM Solar overnight before leaving the Ambassador with them and heading to Tahoe Thursday morning. If not we might just grab a room for showers and such (we’re still in the mid 80’s) before heading South.
Oregon’s Trip Check is a handily resource!
Thinking about our route to Tahoe had me researching again. With forest fires blazing out of control I thought it might be a good idea to check on our route using the Oregon TRIP CHECK website. It’s a great resource for any travel in Oregon!
As you can see in the little red print (upper right corner) hwy 97 is closed near the OR-CA border. Fortunately we turn OFF of hwy 97 before that point so our route looks to be OK in spite of the fires — as of today. I’ll check it again before we leave Thursday.
There are numerous state resource apps Interstate highway apps that will give you similar information. Check them out if you aren’t already using them.
Now that we are getting close to leaving Oregon I realize how important it has been for us to have time to decompress. If we were planning this kill-time-before-the-install stop in Eugene all over again I would have allowed more time. I’m just barely getting around to some of the items on my list.
I truly loved our time on the Forest. It wasn’t physically difficult work, but it was hugely emotionally draining for me. To some degree Peggy shared in the emotional drain, but I was more involved with both staff and volunteers than she, so for her the drain it was mostly about volunteer drama. This week of peace and quiet has really just begun the process of getting our heads screwed on straight again. We aren’t dramatic people. Most of the time we take our bumps and go with the flow. Then again getting involved is just who I am — I throw myself into things. And then after a while I need to throw myself out!!!!! Anyway… It’s a relief to have been here on our own without phones ringing and lots of other-people’s-drama.
I have this bad habit of regularly re-thinking this fallacy that I can tolerate more contact with people than I really can. I’m old enough that I don’t need to challenge myself and grow my weaknesses into strengths. After a long life I still love people, I just love them in limited quantities.. One would think that by this time in life I would have proven that to myself so many times that I would actually live that way and prevent myself from overdosing. But I keep getting embroiled…. So much for being a smart guy…. Some Day I’ll Learn My Own Limits.
The Kids’ place is looking’ pretty empty by now. 5 days to go before moving day.
In the meantime, Kathryn and Michael are doing their own moving-day-countdown. 3 more days before they are out of their house and into their loft-industrial remodel. Peg and I are so excited for them. It’s been a horrendous slog from bare walls industrial monstrosity to nearly ready to move in new residence, but they did it and we’re tremendously proud of them. And in a little over 1 month we’ll be there to see it for ourselves!!!! That’s even better.
The ‘Kid’s’ stained and waxed floor! Lookin’ GOOOOOOD!
That’s it for today. Maybe tomorrow things will go as planned. If not — Hang Loose! Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.
I’m not sure what our schedule will be like Thursday through Monday. I may have time to write; I may not.
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