Well, we have sort of recovered from the great photobucket fiasco of ’17, but there are still glitches we are working on, and still have a about eight months worth of older posts to fix as well.
The Distance: 962 miles once we finally left Travis AFB, headed to the Pacific Coast, and then made our way north all the way to Washington. Our 2017 tally is up to total is 4,815. July will see a major slow down as we catch our breaths and try to get back on budget track.
The Places: We departed from Travis AFB in Fairfield CA and crossed the coastal mountain range to get to one of our favorite 2015 spots: Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, CA. There we split time between Cleone Campground and MacKerricher State Park. From there we undertook our great gambling sprint, staying at five different casinos as we pushed through the rest of California, Oregon, and part of Washington. Finally, we crossed the ferry from Mukleteo north or Seattle onto Whidbey Island to close out the month at Island County Fairgrounds.
We mixed things up a lot this month in terms of types of facilities, with 8 days in a military campground, 7 in a private RV resort, 9 in public parks (3 state, 6 county) and parking lot camped for 6. We had full hook ups for 3 days, power and water connections for another 13, and dry camped for 14. Aside from the subsidized rate at the Travis AFB, enjoyed full hook ups, sometimes even with cable or usable wifi, for 30 days, and dry camped for one. Other than the tax payer subsidized rate at the five different military facilities, and the cost free stays at the casinos, we didn’t use any discount program this month.
The Budget: We got ourselves on track this month by staying 4.5% under budget, but still have a long way to go to recover from the budget busting May. We were able to stay in the black this month despite the costs of a short trip back to Florida and expensive campsites in California by supplementing our income with some modest winnings at the various casinos (using the complementary free play money they gave us) and then two markets on Whidbey Island. The drycamping days helped a lot, and despite sprinting all the way to Whidbey, we only had to fill the big tank twice.
The Drama and the Improvements: I can’t believe I was contemplating eliminating this section entirely for monthly reports this year. We have definitely had drama! The theft of our awesome portable Honda generator at the last casino stop tops the bill, but the loss of all of our photo links on this blog when Photobucket eliminated third party hosting continues to be an issue for us. And the battery disconnect switch failure that left us stuck for a couple of hours was no small matter either.
As to the embedded picture status: I have spent hours and hours trying to shift our photos from Photobucket to Google Drive, and now have them “fixed” going back into November of last year. That leaves two problems: I still have to fix April through October, 2016 (pictures older than that were hosted on our now completely full WordPress site,) and the newly uploaded Google Drive pictures don’t seem to be showing up for everyone. Some users report seeing everything just fine, others can’t see a single picture. I don’t know what the solution is, but I’m still working it. Once we get that little glitch solved, the whole mess will turn out to be an improvement for us: we have a much better organized and labeled picture database now, and I don’t ever have to deal with Photobucket’s terrible interface again.
Here are our monthly reports for the year so far: