Canyonville, Oregon: Not much to report from yesterday. Dave took the car to Autzen Stadium to watch the Ducks beat-up-on Utah. I stayed-in, wanting to do a little laundry, a little cooking and a little needlepointing. Not a lot was accomplished. Premier RV park (in Eugene) had no water.
When we checked-in Thursday afternoon, there was a written notice that though the water from their well was cloudy, it "tested fine" and they suggested we let the water run until it was clear. The water never cleared. It wasn't really cloudy either. It looked like super-weak iced tea. Or, in other words: brown. The water had so much chlorine/bleach that it reeked coming out of the faucet and I was sure to exit the shower as a blonde. The water quality was so awful, I didn't even want to try to pass it through our Brita pitcher. The office claimed they were working on the water problem, so we just used water from our tank and used the few gallons of bottled drinking water we keep on hand for such events.
There was NO WATER again Friday, but a backhoe appeared and we had water overnight. Brown bleachy water. No water at all again on Saturday due to a "break in the line", which is why no laundry went down in our RV. Finally at 5p Saturday, we had brown bleachy water again. I phoned up to the office twice to inquire about the situation, only to be told circumstances were "out of our hands" and that it would be repaired as soon as possible. Then I was thinking we were paying $56 a night for a campsite with no water. Don't get me started on the state of the equipment in the fitness center. Don't get me started on the last time we stayed at Premier RV Resort and had brown bleachy due to something "out of their hands" with their well water. Shouldn't they have offered a rain check? Discount? Something?
So we happily left Premier RV "Resort" and drove south on I-5 two whole hours to one of the nicest RV parks in America - Seven Feathers RV Resort - in Canyonville, Oregon, exit 99. They have great water and it was running clear and cold. The fitness center is in great shape (pun intended) and they have a beautiful indoor heated pool.Long-time Readers will remember we stay here often - coming and going on our treks up and down I-5. Sometimes we stay a few nights: 2 nights in November 2011 where we had fried chicken at a famous historic inn, visited a ghost town, and had dessert in heaven, and 3 nights this May where we visited covered bridges and played golf at Cougar Canyon). Seven Feathers RV Resort is so nice, and there are fun things to do and see in the area.
The resort, operated by the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe, also has a massive casino across the freeway (there is a free shuttle, of course) with restaurants, a spa, hotel, shops, bars, conference center and a truck stop. Many entertainers perform in the arena. Seven Feathers RV Resort in Canyonville, Oregon One of the outdoor pavilions Fire pits (with real fire wood!) Jordan Creek runs behind the resort Pretty Autumn colors - the clubhouse/indoor pool are housed in the building behind the tree Indoor pool and hot tub Seven Feathers RV Resort
Maybe due to weekend traffic, or a lot of snow birds flocking south, the park really filled-up by the end of the afternoon. We had a nice long stroll (between Redskins and World Series games). Not exactly warm or dry, but the air was clean and the trees and leaves were so pretty.Mother Nature sets a pretty table. The resort has decorated for Halloween - pumpkins and spooky stuff all over. This pumpkin seems to have a natural smile?
And we are not the only Duck fans obsessed enough to paint our motorhomes. Our neighbor has adorned the back of his motorhome with ex-Duck quarterback (now with the Tennessee Titans) Marcus Mariota. Pretty impressive.
Since this was our first official night on the road (Eugene doesn't count), I prepared our traditional Turkey Lasagna. It could have not been easier, especially since I made the sauce last week and froze it for this occasion.The recipe makes an 8x8-inch lasagna, but I divided the sauce in half so it would be enough for two loaf-pan-sized lasagnas. One for tonight, and another for another time. The recipe uses no-bake lasagna sheets, which conveniently enough, fit perfectly in a loaf pan and makes just enough for dinner for two - with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. If you haven't yet tried this recipe, give it a shot. Though turkey-based, it is loaded with (secret, very teeny minced) veggies and the only cheese required is a bit for the top... though there is no reason you couldn't put cheese on every layer of lasagna. Or use ground beef. Or ground sausage. The sauce is also awesome simply served over any hot pasta. With a Caesar Salad... dinner is served.
Until my next update, I remain, your Road Warrior correspondent.
RV Park: Seven Feathers RV Resort. One of the finest resorts we have found. Full-service sites. Back-ins and pull-throughs. Excellent bath and laundry facilities. Club house, wifi, cable TV, fitness center, walking paths, picnic tables at each site, indoor pool and spa. Great rally facilities. Small shop. Free shuttle to casino. We paid absolutely nothing for our campsite tonight - a few weeks ago Seven Feathers sent us a coupon for two free nights! (TIP: if you ever stay here, go to the casino and get a Players Club card. It is free, you do not have to gamble, and the card gets you discounts on fuel at the truck stop, discounts on stays in the RV resort and hotel, and many other perks... and maybe a coupon for free slot play or a free night in their RV resort?)