October Heatwave, Socializing And Bits & Bobs
As I was standing at the line in the Bandon Farmer’s Market last week-end one lady excitedly informed another that she was going on vacation to Hawaii.
“Hawaii??” quizzed the second “What for? We’ve got Hawaii right here”.
This was immediately supported by vigorous nods all-around, since in a town like this conversation is by default a group exchange between you and the nearest 20 locals. Not only was the idea of travelling abroad for vacation entirely ridiculous for the majority of Bandon-ites, but we were actually having a heat wave….one could even say a Hawaiian heatwave.
Since the beginning of October we’d been basking in sunny 80-degree calm days, so balmy one could easily imagine pairing them with Mai Tai’s and palm trees. It was the warmest, most sultry, most puuuurfect weather we had seen all summer.
“Is this really October on the OR coast?” we mused “why haven’t we discovered this secret before??”
In the midst of our tropical influx we were joined (not entirely coincidentally) by another kind of influx, several blog readers & RV friends coming through camp. Krash, Karen & their doggie Pippa decided, on a whim, to motor here from Michigan (!). Friends of our neighbors, they quickly joined our group and became friends of ours too. I had an old buddy from Hong Kong visit out of the blue, as well my good blog friend Gunta with her doggie and brand new boyfriend (ahhh, new love). Blog readers Pete & Frederika popped in and honored us with an impromptu acoustic concert at our site (super cool) as well as a few evenings of chat. Plus several other readers dropped by too, both at the lighthouse and the rig. Social butterflies, we are!!
In an apparent contradiction to all this visitors at the lighthouse plunged to a new low. From an average of 150/day in September it dropped almost half that on the first of the month. We’re also down to three lighthouse hosts which means the schedule has changed to only one couple at the lighthouse per shift (as opposed to two couples per shift last month). This combo means we can now do “full tours” if we so wish, taking folks from the greeting center all the way to tower with one host. Apart from the advantage of giving us a little extra exercise (we do 63 steps each tour), and thus more ass-sculpting (we’ve got to keep our derrières looking fine you know) it’s given us the chance to do more customized tours and really enjoy the full beauty of the lighthouse (e.g. my last post). Honestly, we’re totally loving it!
The down-time is also giving us some space to plan our next steps. In the last big storm we discovered yet another leak in…guess what?…our”big” slide on the front drivers side of the rig. This same slide, and the woes of getting it fixed was the very reason we rushed ~1000 miles cross-country to Oregon over 3 years ago. Back then the main problem was in the back of the slide near the fridge. Now, the front has moved out of alignment with the front edge dangerously close to catching under the rim of the RV. Simply put it’s just a poorly engineered design and we should never have bought a rig with a heavy object like a fridge in the slide (one of our “10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Fulltime RVing“).
Also, our microwave/convection has fried for the third time in 4 years and since we rarely use it for anything but heating coffee I’m seriously thinking of just dumping the thing altogether (we’ll see). So, we’ve switched out a few lighthouse shifts with Clark & Elaine and will bug out of Cape Blanco a week early to go see our boys at Elite Repair & Remodel in Eugene, OR. These same fine men will be be working a few other upgrades to the coach (already planned) and then, depending on weather, we’re tentatively planning another drive down our favorite Hwy 395 to the desert.
Sounds like a plan, right??
A couple of other bits & bobs which I know some of you folks are anxiously waiting to hear about:
Data Plans -> With all the big data wars going on right now we’re holding out to see what happens with the MVNO’s and will not decide on a final plan until the last week of October. We WILL be making some changes, but we’re going to wait until the last week to do so. Never know what goodies might crop up before then…
Health Insurance -> As I announced back in Feb, we’ve got to make some new decisions on health insurance (and possibly domicile) very soon. We originally thought we would have to make a switch in Sept, but we got a 3-month reprieve when Coventry (our “grandfathered” plan that we’ve had since 2010) recently decided to extend our current insurance plan through the end of Dec. Then, we will definitely be dropped (we’ve already been notified) and Coventry is doing one better and pulling out of SD altogether. So, we’ve got to make a change, but we’ve also got a few extra months to decide. We’re going to wait and see what (if anything) pops up on the exchanges during open enrollment. Given the way things stand now, chances are still very high that we will be forced to switch domicile out of SD to either TX or FL, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
Super Secret Plans -> We have several, exciting super secret plans for this winter which I will reveal in due time. This is an outright tease and a not-so-sly ploy to keep you addicted to the blog…well, because I can…and I like to tease. Nope, not saying anything yet 🙂
So that’s it folks. As of today our little Indian Summer has passed and we’re seeing (once again) the deep covers of grey and fall cool that we expected for the month. I guess October isn’t quite the coastal secret I thought it would be. Then again, with almost no-one here it’s like having an entire coastline all to yourself, a whole different kind of secret. Is it really that wrong to drink Mai Tai’s with your heater on? I guess I’ll ask next time I’m at the market 🙂
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