Last year on my tenting trip around the country, I stopped to visit with friend Marie for a few days. We had such a good time; I contacted her again and expected to have lunch in Twisp, WA. I stopped briefly at Chief St. Joseph Dam, and Astro started only under great protest. After passing a sign that said, “Weeds are a pain in the grass,” I decided that wasn’t the only thing that was a pain. At Brewster, I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw a Les Schwab store.
They replaced the battery which I knew was impending, but when I tried to get back into the Astro, the key wouldn’t work. Somehow someone had screwed up the lock. JM at Brewster Car Care took the panel off and somehow managed to get all the cylinders in sync and made the lock work again to the tune of 88.63. I was furious. Mistakes can be made but if they are admitted, they are a whole lot easier to forgive. I went back to Les Schwab. Altho he didn’t key in on any guilt, the manager said he didn’t want unsatisfied customers so he paid me the cost of the lock repair. I feel a whole lot better about Les Schwab now.
I finally arrived at Marie’s about four and a lunch appointment turned into dinner, exploring more of her area back roads, a fun Sat morning market in downtown Twisp, and lots of conversation to get caught up. Boomer, the pint-sized Pomeranian, remembered me and again slept at the foot of my bed. Marie’s view of the still snow-covered North Cascades from her living room is spectacular and she has constantly-visiting deer. I guess they like the view, too. In the afternoon, two adorable fawns munched their way across the lawn.
Route #20 through the North Cascades was spectacular as usual. When I pulled off the road in the scenic areas, sometimes I drove through snow. The Astro is comfortable but after a few weeks of traveling and living in it, I know where to do some tweaking this summer.
From Port Townsend, WA, where a spotted fawn is lunching on someone’s flowers as we speak, God bless until next time.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”