Accidental Vacation Chapter Three

Chapter Three Finally Camping

Accidental Vacation 300 Oregon Dunes KOA

The next morning Marsha and Puppy Girl checked out ATV prices at the log cabin store next to the campground.  For only $45 an hour she and Vince could chase each other around in dune buggies.

She also figured out that if she flushed the toilet to add the sewer sweetener, the smell hissed out, and the flap didn’t close properly.  If she pressed the foot pedal up after emptying the tank the little lid closed tighter.  However, the toilet emitted an enduring, foul-smelling burp as though it didn’t know what large quantities of breath freshener had just been poured down its gullet.

Accidental Vacation 301 Oregon Dunes

“I rented ATVs with Jason once,” Vince called out to her as she emerged from the back.  Mine broke down.  It seems like I had to do a lot of walking.  We ended up with dust everywhere.  It’s really fun, though.  Jason wanted to go every weekend.   ATVs can be dangerous, though.  You have to be really careful where you go.”

Accidental Vacation 302 Oregon Dunes trail

Marsha knew they were not going to rent ATVs and chase each other around the dunes.

While they parked at The Dunes KOA, it was an easy drive to go north 30 miles to sight see in Florence, or 20 miles south to Coos Bay.  The decided that their favorite was Florence.

Accidental Vacation 305 Reedsport Oregon trailer pickup

The two days in Reedsport flew by just taking care of business.  Of course, to be legal and safe in Oregon, the truck needed a new hitch and mirrors.  Vince had already spent about $3,000 on the truck before he left home making sure that belts and hoses were current, and the brakes were in good repair.  “Even if we have to buy a new motor, it’s only about $5,000,” he assured her.  Vince arrived at Porter’s in Coos Bay, Oregon before 8:00 a.m. and they fixed the truck right up.  It only cost another $500, he told her two days later.

They even had some time to check out the Myrtlewood Factory next door to the Oregon Dunes KOA.

Accidental Vacation 305 Oregon Dunes
Yep, Marsha in the truck – check. PG – check. Vince – oh yeah, he drove.

Outfitted properly Vince roared away from their first campground in the ATV country of the Oregon Dunes, hauling his new trailer confidently through the twisty turns of the California Redwood Highway 101.

Accidental Vacation 306  Redwoods fog highway

The odometer turned 155,555 miles on their navy blue GMC ½ ton Sierra as Vince snapped a picture on his iPhone. Marsha immediately texted the picture to their friends, with the caption, “and still going strong.”

Accidental Vacation 307  truck odometer reading

That should have foreshadowed interesting things to come.

Have you ever bragged when you shouldn’t have?  Ooops….  What did you say?

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. 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.

15 thoughts on “Accidental Vacation Chapter Three”

  1. Vince should start his own blog called “The Eternal Optimist”. I don’t like the sound of that toilet. Are you sure something nasty isn’t living down there. It could just be waiting for the right moment to jump out at you.


    1. I think that would make another story for another day. He thinks my post is way too negative, but here’s my struggle. How can you have a good story without obstacles, and a bit of a villain? I promised him, that it will get better. (The story – the vacation – well it is a vacation!) Even if it was an accident. I don’t know, do you think it is too negative? Should I change it?


      1. Puppy Girl wouldn’t go NEAR it! She moves if she even hears noise coming out of us!!! A toilet, that’s been just too scary! Then the toast almost popped out of the toaster when she was up on the couch with her nose close to the toaster. That made her move!!! FAST!!


  2. Most certainly have bragged, then been subjected to a most severe sorry condition when something went wrong or the beloved thing was lost! I rarely do this anymore. I think things can hear lack of humility and then break or disappear!


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