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Thursday, July 30, 2015, Bellingham RV Park, Bellingham, WA - 32.6 Miles Today, 7631.6 For the Trip

I got a late start today, but didn't have all that far to go. I stopped at the Nor West RV park, but no sites were available. The Bellingham RV Park is closer to the airport, but since I wanted to go to Wilson Motors (the local Toyota dealer), it was the next choice. I'm in site 47, a full hookup, including cable, for $39.78 with a Good Sam's discount.

After setting up the trailer I headed into Bellingham & Wilson Motors. My service manager was Mike, and I can't say enough good about him. He managed to work me in on a busy day. Wish he decided to transfer to Syracuse!

Lots of good & bad on the oil change. First, it was the least expensive I've had in quite awhile. the bad, like I suspected, I needed rear brakes. Another bad, while they were doing the oil change, they discovered a leaking transmission oil seal. The good - the part is less than $15.00 (although 2 hours of labor). The bad - they don't have one in stock. The earliest they could get one would be Monday, and my space at the RV park isn't available over the weekend. So, I called the Everett Toyota dealer, (my next stop), and they have 2 of the seals, and will schedule me in for 9:00AM tomorrow. I called & have a reservation for 2 days at the Camp Ki RV Resort in Arlington, a few miles north of Everett.

As I said, Mike was an exceptional Service Manager. He took one look at the wash job they did on the RAV4, shook his head & said "They don't know how to hand wash a vehicle"! My towing mirrors and tire on the roof kept it out of the automatic washer. I admit it was still covered with Alaska dirt, but it was streaked, not really cleaned. He made me follow him over to the wash area & proceeded to hand wash the car himself. Did a great job!

On the way back to the campground I stopped at the Whatcom Falls Park. There are a couple of waterfalls in the park, however the low water level doesn't help with photographs. Still, I took a few, including a man made water chute that is screened off to prevent anyone using it. Looks like it would be fun!

Site 47, Bellingham RV Park
The Falls From the Stone Bridge
The Falls From the Stone Bridge With Better Light
The Stream
The Stream
Another Water Fall
The Water Chute


By the time I got back to the campground it was 5:00. I relaxed at the trailer, had a shower in one of the best showers of the trip - lots of room in both the shower & changing area, a bench, plenty of hooks, etc.

Dinner was a chicken sandwich, some taco chips & the rest of the snap peas.

Until tomorrow -


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