I don’t even know where to start … Let’s go all the way back to Portland – not much out of the ordinary to write about, though. We enjoyed a couple of fun days in the city doing all of the typical tourist things.
Then we headed North into Washington and the ocean – Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park. It was awesome – remote, beautiful, unspoiled, and practically deserted. We were arriving the Monday before Memorial Day weekend and there were very few people there yet. Actually, they had just opened the big loop in the campground for the season that morning and no one else had set up camp on that side. You could still smell the grass cuttings! We got the most amazing site right on the ridge overlooking the beach.
I’m not sure what happened first – the mouse (or mice, as it turned out) or the blown converter.
We woke up our first morning with the tell tale signs of a mouse – he (they) had made a big dent in the tortillas and the bread and left a big mess! To make a long story short … he (they) defied two different traps for several nights but ultimately succumbed to the poison. We thought there was only one (although I was suspicious because of the amount of droppings the first night) but the second made the drive with us to Port Angeles where he has succumbed as well.
Besides the bread and tortillas, Alan had a t-shirt shredded; I have a hole in my favorite jean shorts; the trava sack sleeping bag had some minor damage (don’t worry Mom you won’t even notice the next time you use it!), and we used at least a roll of paper towels cleaning and disinfecting the trailer!
On to the second part of our excitement … Trailers have a device that charges your DC batteries whenever you are plugged in to AC – either on a generator or to the campground supply. Kalaloch Beach didn’t have hook ups so we were using our batteries. It was pretty cold and the furnace was running most of the night and the fan draws a lot of power off the batteries. We are used to that – but we were expecting the converter to work and charge up the batteries when the generator was running! That didn’t happen.
Did I mention that we had gotten a new converter less than two years ago to go with our new batteries? You don’t want to hear what they want you to do to use the warranty – just ridiculous.
We did run the truck for a while to charge the batteries a bit but that really wasn’t very effective. We ended up spending a cold night under the bed quilt and the trava sack (which really was very cozy.) We’ll just call it tent camping in a big tin can.
When we got to Port Angeles we had to stay in a campground with hookups instead of in the National Park – oh well! The new converter will be waiting for us in Seattle.
The other interesting thing (good this time) that happened is that Alan found his wedding ring which he had realized was lost back at the Trail of Ten Falls. Somebody was watching over us, I’m sure of it … He wasn’t even looking and found it in the pocket behind the drivers seat in the truck while going for the umbrella!
We really loved Kalaloch Beach despite everything that happened while we were there. I highly recommend it, especially if you can go in the off-season. We saw a bald eagle just watching us from a tree and later carrying a fish. It really was an amazing place … Just wait a few days after they cut the grass!