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The Accidental Vacation

Chapter One  Just the Right Trailer

Accidental Vacation  100 trailer

Vince had been looking online for months after he sold the family trailer at the coast for something more portable to replace it.  Two months later, after many false starts, he announced that he had found the trailer-love of his life in Reedsport, Oregon.

Accidental Vacation 101 new tire
See all the spikey things coming off the new tires.

“Look at this one, Marsha.  What do you think?  I think it looks pretty good.  It’s got new tires.”

Accidental Vacation 102 inside trailer

“Muh huh,” Marsha commented, then went back to her own side of the table and started working again.

Accidental Vacation 103 Oregon highway

Undaunted, Vince purchased the trailer, and worked out the details of the vacation.   On the appointed day, they left only one half hour late by Vince’s careful calculations, at 6:30 a.m.,  on their travel adventure.  The 13 hour drive on the first day proceeded without incidents.  Between sleeping off the remains of her cold, Marsha kept copious notes as Vince dictated the mileage along with the current temperature and exact location and time, adding a few side comments of her own.  “It’s 2:46 and we are through the worst of Mt. Shasta and Shasta Lake.  It wasn’t nearly as scary as I remembered.  Only 24 miles to Yreka.”

Accidental Vacation 104 Oregon Bridge

Nothing disturbed Vince on his planned vacation.  Even the Oregon fog and misty weather couldn’t dampen his good mood as the miles drew him nearer to his dream.  Fortunately they weren’t paying for the trailer by credit card.  The American Express card had been given a “frog alert” in Redding, but Vince quickly cleared that up.  Arriving at the home of the young couple that sold the trailer in Reedsport before dark, Vince had met his first goal,  Get there before dark. 

Accidental Vacation 105  Kalev  trailer

Vince, Marsha and Kalev looked the trailer over.  They liked it.  Neither of Vince nor Marsha mentioned or even really knew what the strange smell was inside the trailer. The title and money exchanged hands, and the couple headed north 20 miles to their hotel in Florence for a good night’s sleep before picking the trailer up and starting their vacation back to California.

Accidental Vacation 106  nearing Florence Historic Bridge

Even cheerful after 13 hours of driving Vince remarked, “Look a historic bridge.  How cool!  Later he added, “I think it was the ocean air.” Vince cautiously broached the forbidden topic of possible defects in the trailer.  “Maybe it’s just because it’s been closed up for a while.”

Accidental Vacation 107 Siuslaw River into Florence

Marsha reminded him, “The ocean doesn’t smell like that.  Maybe they forgot to empty the holding tank.”  Hoping not to dispel the lingering optimism, she quickly added, “It will disappear.”  They reached The Old Town Inn in Florence, Oregon.  Vince quickly checked into newly remodeled Room 104  tired but not worried.  “The clerk told me they have the best doughnuts in the world,” Vince announced to his ever-dieting wife.

Accidental Vacation 108 RV Supplies

Little did they both know that they would have far more dangerous threats to Vince’s unbounding enthusiasm later in the journey.

Do you think Vince will be able to maintain his good nature throughout the trip?  Have you had a vacation during which nothing could irritate or upset you?  Tell me about it.

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  1. I hope the smell dissipated and you get much enjoyment from the trailer. My father bought a mobile home in the late 60’s and we traveled across the country about 3 times. Lots of great memories.


  2. My dear lass, this is absolutely enthralling. By the way, that bridge is heaven. I just LOVE it. A little redolent of St. Augustine. My favourite city, St. Auggie. This was too groovy, an absolute grin. Must learn more from this saga. I see V really likes to plot out a trip. Me too, most indubitably!


  3. Hi MVBFM. I have been stalkin…….following your adventure on Google Earth and found all the places you passed through. What a lovely trailer !! Why was the owner peeing on the corner of it while Vince was inspecting the tires ??? Is this an American tradition ?? 😉 Ralph xox 😀


    • hehehe MFR, Peeing? I missed that somehow. So did his wife and two daughters! So today we are just a tad bit north of Klamath, CA. Did you find us? It is gorgeous here! I finally got caught up on all my have to stuff. I have a phone conference in 9 minutes, and I’ll have to use my gmail phone. There’s no ATT service here! 🙂


  4. :-), Ralph!!! I had to go back and look carefully at that photo.

    I’m glad the smell went away, and I like that you have left us cliff-hanging!



  5. Ooooooh – an adventure with a cliffhanger….
    I can’t wait!!!
    Hope the smell is gone by now.
    I usually have a vacay without incidents of irritation. Vacation or road trip beats going to work – any day – LOL


  6. I’m hoping there isn’t a dead body hidden in that trailer. Vince sounds very well balanced and ‘unruffleable’. Just the right kind of guy to take a road trip with. Hope your cold didn’t spoil your pleasure. 🙂


    • Actually, the relaxing has healed me. I’m much better now. I thought I was never going to be well again, but a couple of days on the road, and I’ve been right as rain! Thanks Sylvia 🙂 BTW Vince is pretty ‘unruffleable’ – sometimes!


  7. I’m thinking dead animal or other types of animal leavings. hmmm. Things always “get to me,” so I can’t recall a trip where something didn’t affect my mental state–not in a good way. 😮





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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