The beautiful views are the pay off for the many struggles and snafus. One thing I am dealing with is finding out that my beloved camera, that has been at the repair shop for over 12 weeks, is now going to cost $2,275 to repair. The estimate that already blew me away was $700 and that was over a month ago. It was twice what I was expecting, but I accepted it and hoped to receive my camera back any day now. This news a few days ago that it also needed a new sensor bringing the total due almost another $1600 on top of the seven hundred, was quite a blow. I'm having to forgo getting my camera fixed. I'm using a +14 year old second hand camera that is getting me by, but I was so looking forward to the clarity of my good camera that was only 4 years old. C'est la vie. What else is there to do? It will be what it will be.
But another blow was a stupid accident. I hooked my camera's long strap on the back of the couch while walking to my bed and the camera flung out of my hands and crashed to the floor. I haven't tried to use it yet. That happened after dark last night.
Below are views we woke up to and views along the coastal highway. Nature is keeping me going.
The following morning, I strolled down a dirt path through dry, long grass. I was frustrated by posted signs with an "x" through a drawing of a dog. The path wound around to a high cliff area overlooking the ocean. It was spectacular. No one was around. It was probably empty because there was no cell signal and people don't like being that cut off. My first sight was a seal! After spotting him on a rock, I watched the dot of him swimming around.
There I was hooking up hoses and trying to figure out how things worked at this dumping spot while simultaneously talking to the police to officially file my stolen car report. One hand on the phone and the other working the hose and credit card thing, while reading directions and answering questions on the phone.
We're going to stay a second night at our beach area off the coastal highway. One RV is camped long term and only one or two were overnight in addition to us. We drove by a State Park yesterday where they have been booked months in advance. Ugh. They were packed in like sardines.
I used my cell booster rod that attaches to the outside of the motor home and it brought the cell signal from one bar to almost full bars. It's my first time using it and I am 5 star happy with it.
My phone can be tethered to my computer so I can access the internet. I'm working on one private investigation case at the moment.
I can hear the waves crashing in the background. Boondocking (free camping) has a lot of pluses over the negatives. Campgrounds charge for dry camping spots (not hooking into utilities/services) an average of $30 to $40 a night. Some places, with views like we have, can cost over a $100 a night to park overnight.
On my next post, I'll catch you up on the RV repair fiasco going on. It's sort of a big deal.