Day 13. This clearing-of-the-shelves thing is no joke. We dropped by a Walmart to pick up some supplies, and many of the shelves were completely emptied. Toilet paper, cleaning supplies, medicines, rice, beans, and canned goods… All gone. Even the RV toilet paper was all gone (which is what we were looking for). It’s no surprise, but there is plenty of Corona beer left to buy! Seeing the stores like this really hit home for me. I’d heard about the hoarding and panic but hadn’t seen it firsthand.
In other news, we’ve been struggling to find campsites to park the bus. Many of the State Parks are closing as well as private RV parks. Very few private locations are updating their websites (those that have websites), so it’s a gamble trying to find the next place to stay. Finding a place that has cellular signal for work has been even more difficult. We’ve learned the hard way that coverage maps are not always accurate. Last week was very difficult trying to work with only one bar of signal.
So we are living day to day, and facing the possibility that we may eventually have to head back to Kirkland. But we’ll stay out here for as long as we can. There is so much beautiful landscape out here in Eastern Washington, and we are soaking it all in.
So we found a beautiful campsite by a wide river, run by the city, that has power and water. It is completely empty. We have the place to ourselves! It truly does feel like the apocalypse, but at the same time, it’s so peaceful not having other humans around. It’s an introvert’s playground.
Tomorrow we are going to head up to a ski resort that has closed for the season, and explore with our skins and skis. Who needs chair lifts when you’re healthy and have legs?? 😄