Friday, July 21
“This is going to be so much fun!”
Reggie, Roger and I have returned to Kootenai Falls. The parking lot is pretty full because I didn’t bring us here as early as I’d planned.
Having Wifi at the RV park lured me into spending most of the morning blogging and catching up on emails and the news. Then there were groceries to shop for.
Before lifting the crew down to the payment, I remind them, “Okay, poopies. I need you to be very good boys.”
We set off on the path through the woods.
I have only a few photos due to people being close by. Anticipation grows as the path turns at this sign.
We wind our way down the narrow path. Roger is in front of me and Reggie is behind.
People going the other way squeeze by us and this excites Roger. He barks and jumps and pulls on the leash. He’s not being aggressive or protective. The guy just loves meeting people. This from the dog whom only a short while ago couldn’t be caught.
Some folks are forgiving and smile; others shrink back and flash a look of contempt.
Oh , well . . . That’s their problem.
We come to the walkway over the railroad tracks.
I wait until the crowd goes by.
We walk out to the middle and here comes the train!
I stick the camera up to one of the openings in the fence.
Surprisingly the crew isn’t affected by the noise coming up from below. We reach the other side where there are stairs going to a landing and then more stairs.
The stairs and landing have “holes” too large for chihuahua paws!
To make it worse, each opening has a rough ridge around it, probably for the purpose of keeping people-feet from slipping.
I stare at this monstrosity of an obstacle.
If no one were here to jostle us and get impatient with us, I could sit down holding Reg in one armpit and Rog in the other, and scoot my butt down the steps. Then I’d have to stand and . . . .oh, that would be a job. Gee, Roger is so strong and wiggly when excited. It would be hard to hold him with one arm while keeping my balance . . . No, we’d better not.
I turn and catch another pic of the train.
Darn! I really wanted to see those falls.
A woman notices our predicament.
Roger and Reggie have already made her acquaintance, jumping up to receive her affection. She loves on them both while I express my disappointment.
The woman offers “I could carry one while you carry the other.”
“That’s very nice of you, but then we’d have the way back . . . .”
(The woman is leaving and wouldn’t be around to help us up the steps.)
“I’m so sorry,” she commiserates. “These two are the cutest!” she adds, still involved with the crew. I tell her their names and she mentions again that’s it’s too bad the stairs are made that way.
“It’s okay,” I shrug. “There’s always youtube and I did see the train!
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The crew and I motor northwest on Route 2 to our next camp.
I’m disappointed, yeah. But, really, am I in a position to be disappointed? So I missed the falls. What about all the experiences I have? The beautiful scenery, the different and interesting camps, the wildlife, trees, flowers,dogs, the crew having fun . . . . I have much to be grateful for.
As I drive along, I enjoy glimpses of Kootenai River.
And the rivers, oh, all the rivers . . . No, I’m not in a position to be disappointed!
Only about 20 miles from Kootenai Falls, we turn into Yaak River Campground.
Slowly we ride around searching for the best site for us. The campsites closest to the river are occupied.
That’s okay. We can walk to the river.
There’s an Airstream . . .
And an R-pod with slide . . .
And a cute, little vintage trailer freshly painted in blue and white with a yellow stripe . . .
I find a pull-through that looks good and is away from the other campers.
I park the PTV and BLT.
“Hang on, guys. I know you’re excited. It won’t be long and you can get out. In fact, I happen to know there’s a rotisserie chicken . . . .
Oh, my. I don’t believe it! A deer right beside the campsite. What a graceful creature . . .
That’s the sort of welcome I like! Wow! No, I’m not in a position to be disappointed. Not at all . . .
About the title of this post . . .
“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” — Thoreau
NOTE: Under the previous post a new reader of my blog asked why I chose a travel trailer over a Class A or Class C. We’ve discussed the pros and cons of different types of rigs at various points in the past and several of you know my reasons for wanting a travel trailer.
I spend so much time preparing posts while sitting in the PTV with the crew along the road where there’s internet that there’s no time to reply the way I’d like. If you are so inclined, please do me a big favor and answer the new blogorino’s question “Why did RVSue choose a travel trailer?” Thank you! — Sue
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