The Accidental Vacation Chapter Two

Chapter Two Settling into New Digs

Accidental Vacation 200 KOA

It was just a short drive the next morning from picking up the trailer to the Oregon Dunes KOA where they were scheduled to spend two days.  There were more dune buggies in the campground than trailers.  Every trailer had at least three or four buggies.  Itty bitty kids had tiny green buggies with large red flags attached to a stick behind the seats, waving 6 feet in the air.  Marsha counted 6 adults as they piled off another fun buggy.

Accidental Vacation 201 Oregon Dunes

Vince energetically hooked up his new toy, and came inside. “This is not the same mattress as the picture showed on Ebay is it?”  Marsha asked Vince as he helped her unpack and put all the stuff stored in boxes into their new places in the trailer.

“No, but we can stand it for a few days.  I didn’t bring the other mattress topper,” Vince answered cheerfully.  He walked into the bedroom, and patted the bed with his hand.  “Did you try it out?”

“No, did you?”

“Feel this.  It’s pretty firm.”

“Muh huh,” she muttered.

They had figured out that the faint smell was coming from the sewer line.

“We need to go to the store.  We need some stuff for the sewer, and I’d like to get a TV.”

“Muh huh,” she muttered.

The mattress topper that Marsha found was only for a double bed.  K-Mart was going out of business.  “Go ahead and get it,” Vince told her.  “I think that is just a double mattress anyway.”  Vince met back up with Marsha after checking out the TVs.  He was ecstatic.  The dying Super K-Mart had all their flat screens on sale, and there was a choice between LCD and LED.   The salesman told him that the LED was the newer and better model.  “Which do you think is the better picture, Marsha?” Vince asked hopefully.

“They look the same to me.”

“Look here from the side.  Ok, now come over here, and look at this one.  Doesn’t it look better?”

“Muh huh.  Which one is which?”

“This one, the LED.”

When they got back to the ATV infested KOA trailer park, the stiff mattress on the bed turned out to be a queen.  “I don’t mind,” Vince insisted.  “Put it even on your side.  I don’t mind the bump.  Here look at this new TV.”

Almost as soon as the bed was made, Marsha lay down and slept for two hours, and still felt like an elephant had sat on her rib cage when she woke up at 6:00 p.m.  She found Vince passed out on the couch with the new LED TV as a soft night light and background noise soothing him as effectively as any blankie could quiet a toddler or rocking chair and mother’s milk could lull a baby to sleep.

“Isn’t this fun?” he announced when he woke up.

Accidental Vacation 202 Pancake Mill

“Muh huh,” she muttered, looking up from her computer screen.   “Are you hungry?”  They had a big lunch at the Pancake Mill, and so eating was not a priority to her.

Accidental Vacation 203 muffins

“No, are you?”

“No.”  She kept pecking away at her computer to finish her blog.  He watched reruns of Big Bang Theory and the Shark Tank Show in which millionaires give money to struggling inventors and entrepreneurs. They would explore…

Accidental Vacation 204 Santa Fe caboose at Oregon Dunes

…tomorrow.

Accidental Vacation 205 trail in Oregon Dunes

Puppy Girl decided that, for now, this was home.

Accidental Vacation 206  inside trailer Kalev

Is anyone in your family a home body like Kalev?  Or is there someone in your family who loves to explore?

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

19 thoughts on “The Accidental Vacation Chapter Two”

  1. I have actually stayed at that KOA, and eaten at the Pancake Mill, (we did have a buggy). I could hear the clear conversation in my head at K-Mart:) Have fun!!!

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    1. You would have loved these. They had blueberries baked right in, and then cream cheese icing drizzled over the top, with strawberries on top of that. Yum! 🙂 they didn’t have them when I went back today! Bummer. I’ll fix you waffles when you come.

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  2. Always nice to get away. This seemed like a nice little adventure.
    Well – except the mysterious smell. But – now that’s gone.
    And – the feeling like an elephant sat on your rib-cage part – doesn’t sound too pleasant.

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