I’m a fan of words, and I enjoy finding an infrequently used word in the right place – “recalcitrant” on Judy’s recent post on Travels With Emma, for instance, or Tami’s (500 Dollar Tomato) use of “snit”. My word for today? Kerfuffle. We had a kerfuffle here at Cal Expo near the end of our stay, a reminder to me of how the intention of the writer may not match the perception of the reader.
We return to our ex-hometown, Sacramento, twice a year, staying for 4-8 weeks each time. Each time, at least 4 weeks of our stay is spent at Cal Expo RV Park, one of several RV parks and mobile home parks that serve RV’s in the greater Sacramento area. Although we also stay with friends and at one of the area Elks lodges, when we stay in a campground, we always choose Cal Expo RV Park, part of the Cal Expo state fairgrounds.
Why? Great location and full hookups with 50 amp service. Though there are other parks that offer some advantages over Cal Expo (some more roomy, some less expensive) each of the other choices has drawbacks for us (more traffic noise, no comfortable place to walk, poorly maintained). So, Cal Expo is ALWAYS our choice, and it is the park we recommend to friends who value the same campground amenities we do.
This visit, we requested a one-week extension so Odel could complete his physical therapy before we left Cal Expo. We were surprised to get a phone call from the manager when she reviewed our written request. Her question: why did we want an extension when we are unhappy at Cal Expo?
That threw us for a loop, because we aren’t unhappy at Cal Expo. After our stay last spring, I had updated our review of the park with a several comments about improvements at Cal Expo, including particular praise for the staff. We have always had friendly relations with the staff here, but the park manager and at least a couple of the workampers were quite upset with what they perceived as an unflattering review of the park. They found the review unnecessarily negative; we felt they overreacted, ignoring the positive points we made about the park. Everyone (including us) was defensive and confused; we found the situation very uncomfortable.
So I want to say here, clearly: we have not been unhappy at Cal Expo. We return here year after year, and we recommend it to others who are visiting Sacramento when we believe it best fits their needs. Are there other parks we like better? Sure, but NOT IN SACRAMENTO.
To me, the kerfuffle was a reminder that, while I can’t control how a reader will interpret and react to what I write, I CAN take care with adjectives and adverbs, choosing those that accurately express my intention. With that in mind, I have posted a current review that I hope accurately represents Cal Expo RV Park as we see it, an urban park in a convenient location that offers amenities those of us traveling in big rigs often desire.
Click here to read that review and see photos. As I say on our campground review blog, these reviews are simply our opinion and reflect our experience – your mileage may vary, whether guest, management, or owner. :) Click here to visit the Cal Expo RV Park website, including more photos. And don’t forget rvparkreviews.com, where you can find reviews of Cal Expo RV Park, many of the other options in the Sacramento area, and campgrounds across the country.
Safe travels, wherever you land. :)