Well, tonight finds us at the Mt. Lassen/Shingletown KOA. It’s one of the nicest KOA’s we’ve ever stayed at. We discovered that they did a lot of work on the campground between last September and now. They’ve laid new rock throughout the campground and really cleaned up the vegetation. Not that it was overgrown, by any means. It just seems more open.
This year, we have a campsite directing across from the office. I wasn’t overly thrilled about that when we pulled in. It’s on a corner and pretty open. So far, it hasn’t been as bad as I feared.
The weather is warm and pleasant. There was quite a bit of smoke in the air when we came through Redding from the multiple fires burning in the area.
Today, we headed back down the hill to Redding for groceries. We bought most of our meat at our local butcher (yes, they still exist) but planned to buy the basics once we arrived. Plus it gave us a chance to go to Logan’s Roadhouse in Redding. The kids enjoy eating peanuts and throwing the shells on the floor. Anyway, after we had lunch, we went to Walmart to buy a water filter (more on that later) and then we headed for Safeway.
There’s a Safeway in Anderson which is south of Redding off I-5 that has a gas station. I have several ten cent discounts on fuel from buying groceries at Safeway. Otherwise I likely would’ve balked at driving all the way to Anderson to fill up the truck. But with diesel costing as much as it does… We missed to offramp to the Safeway and ended up taking the next offramp. I thought perhaps the road would hook around (Deschutes Road perhaps?) but it didn’t appear to. We ended up in the midst of a wasteland. Not that the land was wasted. The “houses” were. It looked like Sanford and son had moved into the neighborhood. There were 4 or 5 houses that looked like a garbage truck had pulled into the yard and unloaded. The house were we turned around had been boarded up at one time and had a crashed fence in front. As we turned around, a suspected meth addict (if you know the look, you understand) ran out of the house, jumped on a bike and took off like his pants were on fire. Enough of this, back on I-5 and take the correct offramp.
We bought our groceries at the Safeway. There were also some interesting people in the store. I’m sure there are some fine residents in Anderson. We just didn’t seem to run into any of them on our shopping trip. But it was a memorable experience. After buying our groceries, we made our way across the street to the Safeway gas station. The sign said that with a purchase of $50 in groceries, you were entitled to a 20 cent per gallon discount. Apparently my $110 purchase didn’t count. I asked the clerk about it and showed him my receipt but got nowhere. At least I had my existing 10 cent discount and it worked. It’s a sad state of affairs when you get excited that you paid only $4.49 a gallon for diesel. After that, we loaded up and headed back to camp.
Halfway there, the missus asked if she could turn on the air conditioning since it was about 95 degrees outside. It was on and my vents were ice cold. I leaned over and found that the passenger side vents are blowing what feels to be outside air. Wonderful. I’ve been listening to a thumping noise every time I turn on the air conditioning and I suspect from a bit that I’ve read on the internet that there’s a problem with the blend door. Another poorly designed feature brought to us by Dodge.
Back at the campground, on Saturday nights, they have ice cream sundaes for $1 and karaoke singing. And that, my friends, takes place in the little clubhouse directly across from our campsite. The girls went over to have ice cream while I cooked dinner. (I know, a bit out of order to have dessert before dinner, but we’re on vacation, so I guess I’ll let it slide.) And then the “singing” began. It was pretty awful. While I was prepping the burgers and corn to throw on the BBQ, I was able to look out the window and watch one of the singers. She thought she was all that. She wasn’t. It was painful to watch. At least she had a fun time and I thought perhaps I was being overly critical.
The girls came back as I was finishing up the hamburgers. They both told me how awful one of the singers was. I guess I wasn’t the only one….