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April 27, 2010

Oregon Coast

April 18, 2010

I’ve always thought the Oregon Coast is one of the prettiest places on earth. I’m at one of the state parks in Charleston. Since we’re here in the off season (through the end of April), the rates are lower for full hookup sites. There are wonderful hiking opportunities and I’m hoping to get out today or tomorrow and take advantage of it. Yesterday it rained all day so I took advantage and finished my book. It was called “God Grew Tired Of Us” and was about the Lost Boys of Sudan. A very good book and makes me appreciate the wonderful country I live in and all the things in it that I take advantage of. I have the freedom to travel all over this country, as a woman, by myself. I have my family, my health, plenty of food to eat, a warm bed to sleep in at night. I don’t have fear of a terrorist enemy trying to kill me-and one from my own country no less.

Once I get home the motorhome goes back to the shop. I’ve been driving into town and emailing Gulfstream (the manufacturer) asking if my wing caps have shipped yet. Each time I receive a different story as to why they haven’t shipped. I’ve been promised that they will be at the shop by the time I get home. Hum….we’ll see… say I’m skeptical is an understatement at this point. I hope my dad and I can figure out why my water heater isn’t heating water. I’m hoping it’s just a simple problem. Today I just had to wash my hair so I stuck my head under the bathtub facet and washed it in cold water. I dried it and styled it and then went outside into the wind and misty rain. I wonder why I bothered! We all decided to drive into Reedsport today to go the bakery and bookstore – a tradition each time we’ve been here. I wasn’t going to get but one bakery item – I got six! I wasn’t going to buy any books – I bought four! I wonder how I’m going to stay on budget when I keep buying things I think I need! Before we left for Reedsport my parent’s Puggle got loose and ran all over the campground for about half an hour before someone finally caught her. She thinks playing keep-away is such an enjoyable game that she’ll come right up to you and then dash off. She has such a comical look on her face like she’s having the time of her life. I wonder what she thinks of our frustration in not being able to catch her. Does she think we’re enjoying the game as much as she is?

I decided to hike the Coastal Trail after we got home and set out around 2pm with day pack, camera, & dog! It’s a cool, windy, partly cloudy day – perfect hiking weather. I started out with my parents and their friends but we quickly separated and I went on without them. I walked the 2 miles from the campground to Shore Acres and then past that for about a mile. It was 3:30pm by then and rather than go on I turned back and retraced my steps back to camp. Tomorrow I’ll drive my car to Shore Acres and hike to Cape Arago – four miles round trip.

I don’t have internet service or cell service at this campground so I’m posting in Word and hoping to paste them into my blog later. I hope it works because I’ll probably do much of that while in Canada – unable to connect via my broadband and having to use WiFi when I can. I’m excited about my upcoming trip. I really hope to learn a lot about the mechanics of maintaining my motorhome. I’m not adapt at fixing things and therefore I tend not to – just hoping the problem will go away. I find that motorhomes need so much more maintenance than stick homes do and wonder whether I’ll adjust to the constant attention they require.

Here are some pictures of my hike today:

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