April 2011

April 2011
Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Guess Where We Are?

Did I hear someone say Pendleton, Oregon?   Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!!! 

Yup we are still in Pendleton but that is not altogether a bad thing.  We did get the Fit back and we drove it into town and everything seems to be working just fine.  They were late getting it back as the tire pressure monitor came on when the fella was about halfway here.  He turned around and went back to the dealer.  Turns out it was only a reset issue but it made it past 11a.m. by the time he got here.  They had called to let us know of the delay and when we added that into the bad weather equation, the sum total of our thinking said…just stay put another day and don’t try and force things.

Overall I am happy with the service at Gilbert Honda and would not hesitate to recommend them.  I am not as happy with the insurance adjuster but I suppose we all have our horror stories and our triumphs with insurance companies.  They are all pretty much alike but I will check rates when we get home and compare.  Since this was all handled by a call center anyway, I really don’t see a reason to pay more to have a local agent.  We’ll see on that one.  Our total bill was a bit over $1600.  A big chunk but less than $7000+ at least.  Amazing how your perspective can make $1600 seem like a bargain!!

Plus we had another little issue!  The awning wouldn’t retract all the way.  Russ took it down in a hurry yesterday when the wind came up and got it in closed position but it wouldn’t lock.  He worked and worked with it today and no luck.  We had decided to just secure it with Velcro straps but unrolled it for one last inspection.  There in the way of the center closure was the support arm, not fully collapsed into its smallest extension.  It was too near the center and was blocking the closure.  Push that little bugger back where it belonged and the awning operated perfectly…but with our luck, I still insisted on the Velcro straps!!  Can anyone say “operator error?”

So before we put Pendleton behind us, here are just a few more pictures of the area.

on April 17 This picture was taken the day after we arrived.  Notice the tree.

on april 26 This picture was taken today.  Notice the difference in the tree!!  We’ve been here HOW long??

P1040981 We saw this amazing play structure at a local park.  This thing was HUGE.  What kid would not want to climb all over this?  Heck, I might want to climb all over it.

P1040892A different park.  For a small town, Pendleton has more parks and green spaces than you would imagine.

P1140694  This is what Pendleton is famous for.  World class rodeo is held here every fall.  I hear it’s a pretty big deal.

P1040858Local wildlife.

And that, my friends, is that.  I certainly hope this is my last post on Pendleton.  Unless we wake up to gale force winds, hail the size of golf balls, and 10 flat tires, we’ll be moving along tomorrow. 

24 comments:

  1. I've really enjoyed your stay Pendleton.... only went through there once... on Amtrak. But... the word Pendleton brings up lots of thoughts about wool... and the beautiful wool cloth I used to make into clothes. Yep! That tree has almost fully leaved out. Neat that you took a picture when you got there. Happy Travels!

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  2. It was sure great that you shared your Pendleton adventure with us, both good and bad (but mostly good).

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  3. Great pics -- be safe as you travel onward!

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  4. How do your blogs seem written with such fun, and we have a smile reading them. You 2 seem to look at the glass half full, and that's the way to be! I notice that space #89 looks pretty empty.:( Have a great trip on your further travels. Give Poppy a head scratch for us.

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  5. The difference in the tree is amazing.
    The park is beautiful.
    Safe travels tomorrow!

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  6. You cracked me up with the two pictures of the tree. Definitely puts time into perspective. Here's hoping you can leave in beautiful weather and no flat tires.

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  7. Kudos for the fit being fixed! Hope weather is grand tomorrow and travel is uneventful! Loved the shots of Pendleton..very lovely place.

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  8. Well, Shoot!! I just missed another chance to meet one of the many bloggers I read. We left Farewell Bend SP this morning, when the rain let up a little. Wow! what a wet night, the rain and winds on the way to Pendleton were nasty..Stopped at the casino and thought about going to the backside to look for you, but figured you were long gone.
    We are now up at Tucannon R.V. What a great place we found out about from Laurie and Odell.
    Read their Park Reviews.
    maybe another time.....
    Upriverdavid

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  9. I cannot believe the difference in that tree. I will keep this short due to
    lack of cell service. :)

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  10. I cannot believe the difference in that tree. I will keep this short due to
    lack of cell service. :)

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  11. so glad that you got the Fit back!..now onwards to the next adventure!!!

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  12. I Love the weeping willow tree too. Nice shots again and another great post.

    I agree with K & D above about smiling while we read your posts.

    Sharon and Ron

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  13. Safe travels and glad to hear that the Fit is fit:)

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  14. You're right in $1600 would have sounded like a lot to begin with but not now. Thank goodness you aren't the originaly $7000.

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  15. Safe traveling and keep those spoiler gods at bay. Riggs says woof woof to poppy.
    Donna

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  16. Safe travels - looking forward to seeing where you land next. :) The two pictures of the tree were cool - neat that you took a picture when you got there or you might not even have noticed the change.

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  17. We enjoyed all that you shared on your Pendleton visit. Glad you found a good dealer to do the Fit repairs and now have it back. Hard to believe the difference in the two tree pictures. Have a GREAT WEEKEND!

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  18. Considering some of the parking lots I've been stranded in, you at least had some ambiance for your stay. Pavement doesn't change over time like the tree did. :)

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  19. glad to hear that all is better. My guess is you won't need to be traveling to Pendleton again in the near future. Whew. It is raining off and on here at Brookings but the skies cleared up enough for us to go beach walking several times. Travel safe

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  20. Fit as a fiddle again.

    Quite a difference in that tree for sure.

    Have a safe trip home and watch out for that awning, and oh yeah, huge boulders on the road too!

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  21. There's always something isn't there?! We have to work on our awning tomorrow. Hopefully, we can do the work ourselves. I love the picture of the squirrel!
    Candy

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  22. Good to have the Fit home with you guys. I can't believe how quickly that tree leafed out.

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  23. At least Pendelton was a nice place to be stranded. If you have any other problems with your awning, email us and we may be able to help. Seems after a time they get out of adjustment side to side and won't snap back in.

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  24. You've had quite the time there, for sure. I'm glad everything is okay now, and you'll be on your way again.

    Love the squirrel photo! :)

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