We just arrived and chose a site at Milo McIver State Park, about 25 miles from Portland. Here's the post I wrote this AM. I'll get caught up soon.
It’s Sunday morning at The Cove Palisades SP. We’ll be heading to the Portland area today, although I’m not sure exactly where. I bought Internet minutes but have hardly been able to use them. First of all, evidently my Firewall or some security prevented me from accessing any of my URLs without first giving permission to each individually – that took almost half of the first 60 minutes I purchased. That was on Saturday. Then yesterday when I tried to use either of the 2 user names / passwords I got a message “invalid user and password.” So, I’ve been without Internet and cell phone. My Verizon Jetpack is working perfectly but there’s no Verizon signal.
The camp host, Terry, who’d bought the time for me, was mentioning yesterday that those cell phones one purchases with which you can add minutes as you go seem to work better than lots of the Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc. plans. She says it’s because they pick up signals from all plans rather than having their own. I think I might check that out, as it could be useful in a pinch.
Well, I’d be less than honest if I said I weren’t nervous about the possible outcomes of the Petunia saga. I feel as if I’ve done well in the worry department, but now it’s getting close to tomorrow when I’ll find out what the story is and what the damages are. Remember girl, one foot in front of the other; one day at a time; investigate the possibilities; get advice – that’s the hard one. I’m not sure whose advice to consider. I feel confident that I’ve followed all the instructions for driving and towing Petunia; I really don’t think her issues are ‘driver-related’ ones. I checked and rechecked the Smart Car manual regarding ‘towing’ and know that the manual’s instructions and those given me by Allied Trailer Supplies were totally in agreement. Terry (camp host) was relating my story to a man camping here and his response was, “Oh, that sounds like ‘rack and pinion steering.’” Well, without Internet, I have no idea what the significance of that statement is. Hopefully I can find out what that is and if it does have any relativity in this issue.
On a lighter note, Lincoln ‘escaped’ from Floribunda yesterday and ran into the bushes by the rig. I didn’t try to get her back, but rather opened my Tommy Bahama beach chair and sat on the lawn next to the RV to read my book. In just a few minutes Lincoln sidled up to me for a good petting; then, as I continued to sit there I’d call him, from time to time, and he’d come to me. A little later, Lacy and I took a walk and Lincoln, as he does at home, followed along with us – but only to a point; then he turned and headed back to our site. I’m really happy that it seems that he can get the lay of the land when I walk him on a leash (with which he’s becoming much more proficient) the first couple of days; then it appears I can let him out if it’s a relatively safe area. Another accomplishment for him is that he appears to know the command, “NO,” because often as I’m heading out he runs to the door, but when I say “No,” he backs away, knowing he must stay inside. Eleanor, too, showed some interest in the world outside yesterday so I put her on a leash and carried and held her as I sat in my chair where she was completely content to just look around. She made no effort to get off my lap to explore and, after about 20 minutes, she wanted back in Floribunda. So, maybe one day I’ll have two trained cats! Less litter! I certainly won’t try it in one-night sites or Walmart parking lots!
Another subject: I’m reading the second of a trilogy of historical fiction novels by Thalassa Ali, called Beggar at the Gate. The first, A Singular Hostage, I enjoyed so I bought the second and third to read as I travel. I spent a month in India in 2009 and am fascinated by the history and culture(s) I learned about during my sojourn. The trilogy follows a young English woman who was sent to India to live with her aunt and uncle with the purpose of the voyage to be finding an appropriate English husband. The era is 1840s when the British Empire was expanding its hold over all of India. The history is accurate but the story is fiction; I’m really enjoying it. Oh, by the way, the third novel is Companions of Paradise. The author was born in Boston to an Indian family, married a Pakistani and lived in Karachi for years before returning to the USA; so much of her knowledge of the culture, customs and history of that part of the World is through her own experiences. I love historical fiction that doubles as education of the World.
I’ve mentioned before that I usually have two, sometimes three, books going at the same time. Lots of people have told me they don’t like to read that way but it works well for me. I love listening to audible books while I drive, cook, knit, exercise, etc. Then, there’s nothing like cozying up with a good book in the afternoon or at bedtime. And, now I can pass several hours reading because I’m RETIRED. Yea!