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Published: September 10th 2020
Before we start
Just about to leave Ryan's with our coach to a week
We decided several months ago to do this experiment, and wait until kids should be back in school. (Vacations seems to be more peaceful when children are in school.)
You see, when I retire in a couple years, our temporary plan if everything continues well, is to sell our house and move into an RV and travel until we find a place we want to settle down. It really wouldn't work well if we buy the RV, use it for a month or two, then decide we dislike the whole exercise. So, if we learn about RVing first, we won't make that mistake.
After reviewing RV rental outfits online, we decided to rent from Ryan's RV Town, and are quite pleased with the choice. They are very friendly and considerate, and they rent late model, quality RVs. The one we have for the week is a Four Winds 27 foot Class C that has one slide out and an awning. The handling is very different from my Kia Sedona, and the ride is not as quiet, but it has plenty of power and is comfortable. We are now among those slow-moving billboards blocking your view of the road ahead as
Murdock the gnome shows the way to the beach
we putter along at 55.
Just in case you might be interested in the details of the experience, I'll start over with the beginning.
We arrived at Ryan's at 9:00 to sign papers. Then, Alan walked through the coach to show us everything we need to know about it and answer our questions as well as let us review the condition of things before we start using it. He was very friendly and helpful, and have us a phone number to use with any questions or problems 24/7. After the walkthrough, we hit the road just before 11:00.
We drove home to load everything we'd set aside for the trip, and learned just how big a 27 foot Class C is. It is big and long. Then we were on the road just before noon.
The drive to Willapa Bay was mostly uneventful, as I skip the editorials about Seattle and Tacoma roads and traffic. We arrived at the Bay Center KOA just after 3:00, where the people are very friendly and helpful. They hopped on a bicycle and led us to our site then helped us park so our slideout and awning would fit and
Sunset over the bay
Sunset at Willapa Bay, 9/9/2020
work well, and showed us where to hook up our water, sewer and electric.
The family at the adjacent site introduced themselves right away, and we had several nice chats. They told us to be sure to walk to the beach and catch the sunset, so after we spent an hour unpacking and dinner of some excellent burgers, we did just that.
Today is very quiet and uninteresting but relaxing. We spent the day writing this blog, walking around this campground, talking with some very interesting people, reading, and enjoying the peace and quiet. Interestingly, Natalie's daily devotional today includes this: "Step outside your home and imagine leaving it all behind for the rest of your life..."
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