Wine tasting - and more - with friends.

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Wine Country RV Park

Flag of United States  , California
Monday, December 5, 2011

After a couple of fantastic days in San Juan Bautista we were joined by Doug & Vicki Bell prior to continuing south ( they actually pulled over on the side of Highway 101 to join the 'Sairavan' )   We continued south a little over 100 miles before pulling into Wine Country RV Park in Paso Robles.

This is new territory for us and we were looking forward to doing some serious wine tasting.  As luck would have it there was a winery located just outside the campgrounds boundaries - within walking distance actually - so we didn't have to wait long to get started!

Remember all that crab we caught in Bodega Bay?  Well, Sue & I picked clean half of it and left the other half for a crab feed!  What fun, but we had to eat early since the sun goes down at about 5:30 this time of year and a crab feed MUST be done outside!!!

Now, back to my shameless FMCA ( and BAC ) plug from a few entries ago.  The BAC is hosting a rally here in a few days - we aren't participating in it because we have 'places to be'.   We are parked next to a very nice Beaver Patriot here. As happens, Ken started talking to the female occupant of the coach when she was out walking her dog. He thought she may have arrived a few days early for the rally.

Her story is a sad one.  She & her husband arrived here about a month ago.  He got ill, ended up in the ICU of the local hospital and 16 days later, he passed away. She does not know how to drive the coach.  On top of that, she doesn't know anything about how to 'work' it.  Everything from connecting to water to dumping the tanks to leveling the coach was done by her husband.  They are fulltimers and have no home for her to return to.  She does have a son who lives near Paso Robles and she is a member of FMCA.  

Hearing her story, it didn't take much for us to get things rolling!  The president of the BAC, who is hosting the rally here, was contacted and upon his arrival at the park he made a bee-line for our neighbors coach.  One of the rally participants has an identical coach ( and is a single lady traveling alone) and she quickly took our poor neighbor under her wing!  

Had the BAC not been hosting a rally here the FMCA would have stepped in to help her.  They provide all kinds of services & assistance up to sending a driver to take her coach to where ever she wants.  As it is, the RV park have given her a job working 'security' for 2 hours each evening  in return for her site and she is planning on staying in the area over the winter months.  

There are a couple of lessons here.  First, you  need to be actively involved in the set up/take down of your coach as well as the day to day maintenance.  You also need to know how to drive.  You don't necessarily need to be the primary driver ( I will never be....) but it is important that you know how.  The 911 dispatcher in me thinks about what I would do everytime Ken leaves me home gotta have a plan!  Secondly, if you have a coach, join FMCA.  Think of it as a security blanket or an insurance policy.  They really do offer lots of benefits. Some you hope you will never need!  

Upon our departure the neighbor came over and gave us a huge hug.  You could see that she was in a much better place than she was when we arrived a few days earlier.  She had been taken in by the BAC family and we left knowing she would be well taken care of! 

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