About a month and a half ago, I was thinking of booking us at another Thousand Trails campground. I was looking at the one in Paicines, CA but after reading the reviews I decided to look elsewhere. Doesn’t seem the TT’s in California get very high reviews. I wasn’t very impressed with the first and only one we’ve stayed at so far. After reading the reviews I started looking for campgrounds near Paicines. The thought was that we would take a day trip to Monterey, CA. Yeah, that was a month and a half ago, before the COVID 19 outbreak.
It was a two and a half hour drive from our home to Yank’s but thanks to the pandemic, traffic was very light. We arrived around 1pm and check in was super easy. They had our paperwork waiting for us at the front desk. We were only one of two checking in that day. They were really hoping the second party showed up. They were grateful we showed up. They guided us to our back-in site, one of only about 8 in the whole park, all others were pull-through. The back-in sites had more room so I requested one. They backed us in and camp was set up in less than 20 minutes.
We fixed lunch and took a nap. (Naps are mandatory when we’re RV’ing) 🙂 The weather was beautiful when we arrived. We took a walk around the park to orient ourselves and stretch our legs.
The park is fantastically clean, I’m just talking about the grounds. Our site was bordered with rosemary hedges which smelled wonderful. They have a pool, workout room, horseshoe pits, and a dog park with obstacles for the dogs (concrete pipes). They had a nice little convenience store with all the basic “I forgot” items; frozen dinners, candy bars, sewer connections, power cords, RV decorations, etc. After our walk we went back to the trailer and started on dinner and then watched a movie on the outstanding cable they had at the park.
The next day after sleeping in we decided our mission was to try to find some Kleenex since all the stores in our hometown had been cleaned out of ALL paper products. We drove down to the Safeway in King City and found two four-packs of Kleenex left on the shelf. Being responsible citizens we only put one in the cart, and a roll of paper towels to be on the safe side. We bought a few extra snacks as well and then went in search of gas. Which we located after a brief search; right across the freeway. As we drove through King City you’d never know that the governor of the State of California had put in a mandatory stay-at-home order. Folks were in the restaurants, out on the streets, business as normal. Kind of felt nice to see.
We drove back to the trailer with a full tank of gas and a full grocery bag. We watched more TV as there was not a lot else to do. It had rained all night and most of the day. Just before sunset the rain had stopped and we went out for a walk to breath the clean air. We also took this opportunity to check out the little store in the resort office. I hadn’t really looked at it when we checked in. We chatted with the woman at the front desk who was bored out of her mind. She told us that Yank’s RV Resort was built in anticipation of Yank’s Air Museum which was being built next door, along with some shops and restaurants. Good to know. I bought a magnet to commemorate our visit and then we headed back to the trailer.
More movies that night and then an early bed time. Love the RV life!
We tried to sleep in on Sunday morning but a local crop duster had different ideas. At 7am sharp he made his first turn over our RV park and spent the next several hours dusting the field around the RV resort. Ah well…. We got up and set up the iPad so we could watch church online. After church it was time to clean up. We would just be ready to go right at the 11am checkout time.
Cristy started cleaning up the trailer, putting things away, etc. I went out and started dumping the tanks. If I do it right it usually takes me about 30 minutes with prep time and proper clean up. I don’t normally put the hose out until I’m ready to dump so this counts as part of the prep time. I got that dirty deed done and then pack up all the hoses, cable TV connection and stabilizer pads. We hitched up and then headed home.
It wasn’t a big awesome adventure or anything but it really helped to clear our heads. Especially with everything going on in the world. There is just something about RV’ing that slows us down and let’s us breathe and think. I love it every time I go out. Time to start planning the next boring adventure. 🙂