We have finished our first stay in Grants Pass for the summer and have now moved on. I say first stay because we have to return in a few weeks to pick up our new truck and put the Jeep in storage but that stay will hopefully only be a week.
Between our last update and leaving probably attending the Annual Pottsville Father’s Day tractor event with our friends Rich & Chris was the highlight. I think this year was the 37th annual if I remember correctly. We have attended a couple times while living in the area so it was fun to do again.
The have a number of old tractors on display, they do a parade of tractors and a tractor pull which is always a crowd pleaser,
Along with the tractor event Pottsville has a great display of mining, logging equipment and they tie in a huge Flea Market with complete with artisans that demonstrate their skills from broom making to tatting to rope making.
It really is a fun and down to earth way to spend a day. Here is a link that tells the history of Pottsville, it’s pretty interesting. http://www.pottsvilleoregon.com/
After the tractor event we made our way down river to the Galice Resort for an early dinner. It’s a great place to go to sit out on the patio overlooking the river and listen to a band that plays almost every weekend during the summer.
The Galice Resort has been a family owned and operated business for three generations and as well as the restaurant it’s a well know spot to launch rafts & canoes for a journey down the Rogue River.
We also spent part of an afternoon visiting with Jack. Rich & Chris were not home that afternoon but we made ourselves at home anyway and had a great time playing with the boys and chilling in the shade. Jack sure seems happy.
Thursday (6/23) we lifted our jacks at 7am and headed south about 30 miles to have our generator serviced at a Onan shop before heading north again for a short 3 day stay at the Seven Feathers Casino RV Resort.
We have always like the campground at Seven Feathers, the sites are not overly large yet roomy enough and the place is usually full but it just has a nice mellow feel and is one of the better groomed campgrounds you will ever stay at. Maybe not THE best but very very nice.
We didn’t have anything particular planned for our stay except to kill a few days before needing to head north a little farther for our appointment to have our rear AC unit repaired. But we did go for a little road trip one day and Friday night we hit the casino. Diane lost $40 and I turned $20 into $100. So with the $40 winnings we plan to hit the casino Saturday night and if we lose the $40 we will call it even and walk away, that’s the plan anyway LOL!!
We had a slight change with the truck ordering, it turns out the ETA went from being the week of July 18th as the dealer thought would happen to the 1st or second week in August!!! Well that just wasn’t going to work with our plans of doing Colorado and our August 14th reservations.
Yes, we know that part of being retired and fulltime is being flexible. Well that’s flexible when we want to be. A truck isn’t important enough to us to postpone our current plans so we told the dealer that time frame just wasn’t going to work. We were up front when we ordered the truck and was assured it would work out timing wise so it wasn’t a big surprise to them when we had that conversation.
What we WERE willing to do was compromise on just what we wanted in a truck if they could do a dealer trade and that’s exactly what happened. We wanted a light interior but settled on black which probably in the long run won’t be a bad thing, we also wanted the 2.7L Eco-Boost engine but went ahead and agreed to a 3.5L Eco-Boost instead. More power isn’t a bad thing even though we really don’t need it and the fuel economy will only mean maybe $400 to $500 difference per year and still be less than what we spend for fuel in the Jeep so no big deal. And by going to the 3.5L it also has a trim package above what we could order with the 2.7L engine so a few more bells & whistles that we didn’t really need but oh well. Of course with bigger engine and extra bells & whistles came a little higher price but not enough to chase us away.
So the truck is getting brought down to Grants Pass as I type this and after we finish with our visit in Portland we will go back down to Grants Pass and get the truck on July 5th. We have already made reservations at a campground for a week and Monday I will be contacting the 3 different shop’s that will be doing the base plate and breaking system, the bed-liner & bed cover and protective film and the shop doing the leveling kit and tire’s to make appointment’s. We are hoping we can bang it all out in a week but it will depend on how busy the shops are. I’m mainly worried about the shop doing the baseplate and break system. Time will tell.
That’s it for now!!