The day began with a wonderful sunrise. If you are ever in the area..apart from Chesters for the oysters and beer...the Pioneer Food mart right across the street offers a parking lot for overnighting RV's..and has wifi too. My two primary goals, right there...free and wifi. Although I had already arranged for my overnight spot..right behind a Mexican restaurant...I would have been more than happy to use the Pioneer offering.
This trip is a bit if a change for me..usually I am kinda going somewhere or we have a push along thing going on...but this time, on my own...the dog doesn't get a vote...I am going down as many side roads as I can....and here we have the one to or from Bay Center.
I rolled on into Long Beach and parked down on the sand road for a bit...the weather began to turn and even the gulls were walking.
So...what else could I do but carry on...Ilwaco is the next stop on the map. I used to overnight out on a grassy place opposite the marina but it is now signed...so...look look look....a 2nd hand store has a big gravel lot...hhmmm.. I went and looked about, chatted with the lady and asked if she would mind blah blah blah...nope, "you go right ahead". Plus, she had a tip for good sustenance...Salt. Down on the store front at the pier.
Did my consumption and went off to the No Overnight parking area at the marina...walked Maya, made supper...hung out...
there was such a wind and rain storm that blew thru...I was parked in the lady's parking lot and man oh man...by about 6:30 I was as awake as could be, so moved back over to the marina area. Dog wanted out and by the time she was done with ball fetching...both soaked. Nothin to it...fire up the furnace...only it wouldn't stay fired up. Burner would come on but not stay on. Fan worked like a warrior...wtf? I went out, opened up the cover(s) and could see lots of water under the motor. The wind had blown in soo much that it had soaked the thing. I kept turning off and on...it finally dried itself out and went back to working. I had also called a mobile RV guy at 9, but he said...Tuesday...but, I did ask...what makes this happen? And of course it was a tune-up, etc..but he did say..maybe just humidity and moisture. Which was like an ahh haaa moment. I just kept on doing..and there it went. whew.
Then.....sitting at the outer edge of the marina, looking at the Columbia River and....sirens going off...a loudspeaker kicks in....something about EVACUTE EVACUATE....then the voice..."if this had been an actual warning it would be..blah blah blah"....geeezus...
Just be aware tho..September 28th... fema.gov/news-release/2016/09/26/nationwide-emergency-alert-system-test-planned-september-28
Okay...this then follows..