Spinning my wheels . . .
Reggie and I arrive at Lud Drexler Campground at Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir on a Sunday. I don’t unhitch. The next morning we set out in the Perfect Tow Vehicle for Twin Falls. The Best Little Trailer tags dutifully behind.
Our first stop is Bish’s RV.
Bish’s is a big outfit with a large inventory of trailers and motor homes. I drive around the building and park at the service area.
“There’s a leak inside my propane heater. A line is cracked.”
Well, it doesn’t matter what the problem is, Bish’s RV is booked up until the 7th of June, over two weeks away.
“We’re always very busy at this time of year,” the man in the service area explains. “There’s a Bish’s RV in Idaho Falls, but you’d probably have to wait a couple weeks there, too.”
And my phone is kaput. I want to go to Idaho Falls about as much as I want to hang around Twin Falls.
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I find everything on my list. Taking advantage of the low prices, I stock up. By the time the Perfect Tow Vehicle makes its way out of the parking lot with the BLT rolling behind, Twin Falls traffic is heavy .
What a relief to return to the peacefulness of open countryside!
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Reg and I meet a fellow full-timer!
We’re walking around the campground when a guy calls out, “I see you everywhere!”
It turns out that this man is the RVer with a Class C who was boondocking at Grey’s Landing when we drove by a few days ago.
“We also saw you at the RV park in Rogerson when we camped there,” he adds. The “we” he refers to includes his playful pup, Julio, who is a mix of Norfolk terrier and something bigger.
He and Reg romp together around our legs. (Unfortunately I don’t have my camera with me to capture the fun.) They leave the next day.
The campground is full and it’s empty.
Lud Drexler is an inexpensive, first come-first serve, BLM campground ($5 regular/$2.50 senior discount). Taking advantage of the low camping fee, the locals have figured out a way to make sure they have a campsite for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
The weekend before the holiday — on Sunday — they set up their rigs in the campsites. They pay for the week and then go home. When the holiday weekend arrives, they show up with their boats, ATVs, and whatever.
One person roped off a campsite, paid for the site for the week, posted a sign that the site was reserved, and left. Another person parked his truck in a campsite leaving a paid sticker on the dash and was gone all week.
What this does is tie up the campground all week long.
Travelers drive out to Lud Drexler, some from other states, expecting to camp for the night and all the sites are “occupied.”
I think the behavior of people blocking the sites all week is inconsiderate of others and extremely selfish. Occupying a site means occupying a site, not hogging it until you’re ready to use it.
It did make for a quiet four days for us, Monday through Thursday, since we were camped in what was essentially an RV storage lot.
If we stay here through the weekend, the sight and sound of these people having their fun is going to irritate the socks off of me. We need to move camp!
Wednesday, May 24
Reg and I take a drive out to Grey’s Landing to see if that boondock is occupied and maybe we’ll find others, too.
No one is in the boondock!
Here it is, a clearing with a rock fire ring, on the other side of a cattle guard. . . the perfect place for peace and quiet during Memorial Day weekend.
We drive across the grassland.
The only sounds are the PTV and the song of the meadowlarks. We come upon wildlife (three snakes at various places, sunning themselves in the roadway).
We approach a small herd. Rather than hold territory, they move further away.
I understand. I do the same thing. Don’t want to be around neighbors? Move.
One pronghorn stops, turns, and stares, giving me an opportunity to zoom in with my camera. Later, while editing photos, I see the raised lip.
Thursday, May 25
Reggie and I move to our new home!
Ahh . . . I like this neighborhood.
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