We arrived in Eugene yesterday for our 11 am appointment at Carrier & Sons to find and solve the problems we were experiencing with our 12 v. system. While awaiting the news and still blissfully ignorant, we drove Jules over to take a look at a new campground on the north side of Eugene, Armitage County Park, run by Lane County (click here to read our review). Green, spacious, quiet and conveniently located - we loved it!
By noon, we got the word: our four 5-year old AGM “house” batteries were kaput. Bad news! We went into shock when we found out what AGM batteries cost these days - $100 more than when we purchased batteries 5 years ago, and we thought it was a lot back then!
Setting aside a decision on the purchase of new batteries, we drove Scoopy from the repair shop to the campground and checked in to a beautiful site for the next several days. We set up our camp, boo-hoo’ed over the diagnosis of the battery problems, and went for a therapeutic walk.
Recovered from the big shock, we decided to go ahead with the purchase, along with two new “chassis” batteries (they start the engine and generator) to replace the 7 year old original equipment. The onset of much cooler weather reminded us that we’ve never had our furnace serviced (since 2003), so decided to get that done, too! Might as well take advantage of Oregon’s lack of sales taxes.
What we HAD intended to purchase in Eugene was a new laptop computer to replace our four year old machine that is experiencing screen problems. Guess what? None available. The computer retailers have let their stocks run down to zilch while they await shipments of computers with the new Windows 7 operating system in 3 weeks. We found exactly what we wanted at Best Buy, only to be told that there were ZERO in stock and no more on the way. So why don’t they take them off the display?? Sheesh.
With the credit card warming up for the batteries, we got inspired to replace some of our tired old house wares: 7 year old bathmats, faded wash clothes and dish towels… we even bought Luna a vinyl placement to go under her food plate instead of the ugly old towel we’ve used until now (she doesn’t appear to appreciate the difference).
We’ve decided to kick back here in Eugene for a least a week, hoping the weather at Crater Lake will improve (dry out and warm up) so we can head that direction. We’ll get the new batteries installed on Wednesday, then move to our favorite Eugene dry camping site for a couple of days to give them a workout. Tomorrow is one of my favorite Eugene events, the wonderful weekly Farmer’s Market. Think sunshine!