Reunion with Fiona

Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
Trip End Apr 26, 2014

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Friday, March 14, 2014

We left Missoula feeling much better.  The visit with the ENT doctor went very well.  No surgery is required now, nor perhaps at all!  We'll know after three months of using nose drops.  Whatta deal...  I won't bore you with the details.  Let it suffice to say it's another blessing to my way of thinking.

The road was mostly dry all the way to Blue Dog RV in Post Falls, Idaho.  Only over the infamous Lookout Pass was worth looking out for...but then only for the bit of water on the surface of the highway.  The Rest Area on the Montana side near the steep had taken a beating, however.  There were snowbanks up to about six feet in height at the edges of the parking area.  Winter has surely kept the Highway crews hopping.  Shorty didn't seem to need a rest himself, but waited patiently while we did.  I got a couple of shots of the area and hope to get them published soon.

We met up with Justin, our Service Contact after getting a bit lost at the RV Dealer.  It is definitely huge, so we actually had to ask directions to go back half of a block to make real contact.  Justin had Fiona fetched for us and we began to do a simultaneous "stuff transfer" and walk-through.  It was a bit confusing, but, I'm not kidding, Oscar, our "guide" did the job.  I could not believe it!  Some of you may know that my Dad's name was Oscar and I hold title to Oscar as a middle name...  Good news, especially since this latest Oscar knew his business and did a good job of guiding us.

It didn't work out for us to stay at the dealership as offered, for whatever reason.  It's a busy place, preparing 6-8 "sold" vehicles a day and walking folks through them.

They did guide us to a very nice RV Park only a couple of miles away.  We're in spot number 3.  With the weather forecast promising 3-6 inches of snow on Lookout, we decided to stay another night.  

Our extended family, Mikey and Lisa, with our God-sons, Andrew and Daniel picked us up on Thursday eve.  After their "walk-through," we went to Sahara Pizza and had outstanding meal.  One pie, the "man kind," was meatball, pepperoni and such.  The other, a pesto pizza had marinated artichoke hearts, chicken, pineapple and Di Jon mustard sauce.  Both were excellent.  The crust could easily tie for the best ever, at least.  Light and crunchy with beautiful browning and I'm making myself hungry again...  We had a great reunion since our last visit over Christmas.  Conclusion: Teenaged boys eat...and grow and eat again.  A great pair they are and we love all of that gang dearly.  We missed having our dear friend Jimmy to share the time with us.  We love him too.

Back at the RV Park, sleep was "different," in a new bed, but we both survived it and arose early to serious rain.  We had our traveling coffee pot, the toaster, peanut butter and jam, but NO coffee.  Hmmm, the best laid plans et cetera.  We made due with tea and Doctor Pepper...

The rain brought a leak to one of the windows.  This plus a few other "flaws" we discovered led us back to the dealer for a while to have things brought "up to snuff," as they say.  We waited, had fresh popcorn, coffee and lunch from Subway, all furnished by the Concierge, at no cost to us.  We met several interesting travelers and those in for job interviews.  The time passed painlessly and our "Fixer Guy," Todd fixed what he could and ordered warranty replacement parts for what could not be fixed to his satisfaction.  We'll pick them up or have them sent to us at home.  We'll pass through here enroute to Lynn's Salmon Fishing Trip in August.  In the meantime, it's all good.

The rain we experienced off and on today was some serious Spring Storm action, much like we Mountain Folk have in April...or May...or June, depending on the when and how of spring in the high country.  It mostly passed quickly and the blue sky is dominating as I type this and watch the sun prepare to drop over the edge signaling the end of another day.  

I'll be checking back with you in a few days, since we plan to head out for our belated trip south.  We'll meet Lisa, our daughter, and her gang at the Grand Canyon in early April.  From there on we'll travel southerly deeper into AZ with them and the two of us alone for a few weeks.  What transpires, you know soon after we.  Thanks for checking in...

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Mike on

Sounds like a great new motor home for you both....we will be home on Saturday the 22nd but have to take off right away again for Seattle for some medical things for Q. We are visiting Hailey and husband right now in La Jolla....but off to the coast on Monday morning....Hope we don't run into any of "your" rain as we move upstream from here. Thanks for a great blog. hugs


Pete on

Gratz on the news with the nose doctor. Glad to hear it and wishing you well with the drops. Sounds like you are adapting well to your new digs. I'm sure it seems like a mansion after all those miles with Shorty. Hope to see you two on the road again some time.

Dennis on

Sounds like Sofia is a winner. enjoy our travels in her and stay safe.

Mary C. on

You sound so patient with all the little fix-it thingy-s that have to be done on Fiona...Are you reeeeeally that patient? Of course, there's not much else you can do about it...and it's better to get things done there and/or wait for the parts to get things fixed when you get home than to try to explain thing over the phone when you do get home.

How exciting!!! It IS like moving into a new home. I can't wait to take a tour through the new coach. When will you be home? Lynn, email me, plz.

ferdie on

Excited for youse guys....have fun and hope to get the tour soon! All is good in SF!

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