Yesterday, we drove to Mesquite, Nevada where I had purposely had a package sent to the post office there.
Happy to report that the system works perfectly!
This is fantastic news for all the RV'ers out there who have had a problem in the past with ordering things from Amazon.com.
I had ordered a variety of items, from both Amazon and third party sellers. They all arrived in one big shipment. Speaking to the girl at the post office, she said that this system should work all across the United States, but she cautioned that it's better to do it with a small town post office where there is only one post office in town. She did say that they are obligated to hold your packages for 30 days, so that should be lots of time to properly time your arrival to pick them up.
Yesterday morning, Sherman was ready to go and he fired right up, none the worse for wear from his month of sitting. He was partly under some pine trees, and I didn't notice any tree sap issues so that's good. Only one section was covered in bird poop. That bird must have had a favorite spot on one of those branches!
We left fairly early because the fridge was empty! Made a beeline for the nearest Walmart and did a big grocery shop. Kinda nice doing your shopping at 9:00am...the store was very quiet.
Most of you know that it's fairly common for RV's to overnight in a Walmart parking lot. We don't do that because we've learned that there is always a better option if you look around for one. But lots of people do it. The system isn't designed for "camping". It's simply a place to park.
I think this guy is over the line...
What's next, a tenting section?
The funniest thing is that this is in Nevada...there is a ton of free scenic boondocking spots around!
We had read that our blogging friends Croft and Norma were also in Las Vegas and I saw that we were going to be driving pretty much right by the RV park they were staying at. We've bumped into them several times in Mexico over the years, so I sent them a note asking if we could stop by.
Nice to visit with Croft and Norma for an hour.
Only a quick visit though, because we still had a drive to do!
95 miles (150 kms) yesterday from Las Vegas to Mesquite.
We arrived in Mesquite and went to the post office to pick up our packages. Also had new glasses sent there, so now we can see again! More about that in another post.
Sherman, with a nice view of the scenery around Mesquite, Nevada.
I had picked out what looked to be a nice boondocking spot about 20 miles (32 kms) further up the highway, but it had been quite a windy drive on the I-15, and I was ready to call it quits. There are a couple of casinos here in Mesquite, so we found a spot in the parking lot at one of them and spent the night. Didn't even bother to go in the casino.
Early start today, because we're heading for Zion National Park. Apparently the campgrounds there fill up quite quickly and they're first come first serve, so we want to be among the "first come" group!
One of the items I had ordered through Amazon is a new 12 volt digital monitor. It's very simple, and is designed to simply plug into a cigarette lighter. But I want to adapt it to give a constant readout of our house batteries because the digital readout on our solar charge controller has gone wonky. The charge controller itself still works perfectly, it's just the LCD has gone funny.
Yep, it works perfectly! And I specifically bought this one because of the four digit accuracy.
You can buy one here...
Our Canadian readers can do their shopping at Amazon.ca, and today they have a great special on grass seed...get your lawn looking great with this deal!
Oh...you may not hear from us for a couple of nights. We're living off wi-fi for the rest of the month and I doubt we'll have access in Zion National Park! I refuse to pay $60 USD ($76 CAD) for 3 GB's of data on the Verizon network over the next two weeks. Sorry, but that's just a rip off.