Several times after a long day traveling I-5 we have pulled off and stayed the night in the parking lot behind Rolling Hills Casino near Corning, California. It was relatively quiet, level, has easy access on and off I-5 and we had other like minded RVers as neighbors.
When we arrived for our latest visit, we noticed an absentee of any RVs in the lot and the addition of a pro shop and what appeared through the darkness to be a golf course in the field beyond. Striking me as strange, I looked for the “No Overnight Parking” or other signs notifying us of a policy change. Seeing none, I parked the rig and took the dog for a walk in the nearby grass. Shortly thereafter the hospitality van stops by to let us know they were no longer letting RVs park in the lot due to the addition of the golf course and we were welcome to move down to the (Insert sound of impending doom here) “Truck Lot” or stay in the RV Park. Plus, the attendant informed us there was free Wi-Fi at either location. Those of you that follow my blog already know which of the two options we chose. Free, always wins when you’re a budget conscious RVer and part Norwegian! Off to the truck lot we go finding a fair number of spaces still open among the semi trucks and other RVs that had already settled in for the evening. I parked us by backing into the middle of the remaining spaces figuring the empty spaces on either side of us would serve as a buffer from the neighbors. What I didn’t count on was, we were far from the last ones to arrive for the evening. Last RV yes, last eighteen wheeler, no! Soon a long semi arrived nose first in the space on the door side of our rig. Well we still had the buffer between us, a motorhome on the curbside of us. No semi driver would be brave enough to squeeze into that long narrow space, I thought. Minutes later a driver threads his long semi nose-first between us and the motorhome! I was certain that these drivers would grab a few hours of sleep and then fire up their big diesels and hit the road again at one or two in the morning. Bracing for the worst, my wife and I retired for the evening only to wake, not to the sound of roaring truck engines, but to a beautiful sunrise shining through our window (The one not shadowed by the semis). Expecting one thing and being pleasantly surprised by another is just one more reason to love the RV lifestyle.
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