Thursday, July 10, 2008

Poop happens!

While we lived in the Wal-mart parking lot for 12 LONG days we used a porta potty (composting toilet) of sorts. Well we actually used Wal-mart mostly, but they closed at 11pm so we had a 5 gal bucket in the camper with a toilet seat. We put a garbage bag in the bucket and covered the "deposits" with pine chips. We (Steve) would tie the bag up and throw it away in the garbage cans in the parking lot everyday. Well we cleaned up the firework tent on Sunday and the tent guys came and took the tent down. It was nice to know our job was over and it was time to have some fun and see if Boone had more to offer then the Wal-mart parking lot! It rained ALOT while we were there so I had lots of wet dirty clothes to wash and we were hoping to get showers (at the local pool).....if there was no lightening. So I took all the laundry to the laundry mat and Steve worked on vacuuming and cleaning up the camper. We had talked about moving the camper & bus to a campground, but didn't want to pay a ton for camping so we thought we'd just stay parked at Wal-mart for a few days while we checked out the town. Those plans changed pretty quick when Steve had an employee knock on the camper door and warned him that the store manager was really upset coming to talk to him. Apparently one of the employees that was emptying the outside garbage cans had torn the bag and our poop bag leaked and went all over his shoes.....NASTY!!! So Steve went in and apologized and paid for the guys shoes and cleaned up the crap! He called me at the laundry mat and said we needed to move ASAP. We still needed showers so we got the camper & bus ready to go then headed to the pool to get a quick swim & shower. But as soon as we parked at the pool it started pouring and let me tell you I've NEVER seen rain come down so fast & hard as it does in Boone and without any warning. So they closed the pool and wouldn't even let us just shower because of the lightening. It had rained everyday except 2 that we were there. We had planned on taking the kids to Tweetsie (old town amusement park with a train ride), but they didn't really want to go except Winston. The older kids wanted to go rafting or tubing instead. At this point we were so worn out from our long stay in the parking lot and exhausted from working 16-18 hr days and trying to keep the fireworks dry, and the poop issue that we decided we had had enough of Boone and were ready to go home to Asheville. Of course it's not just that easy as going home, cause we still had some inventory that needed to be returned to Statesville the next day. So we decided to drive to Statesville and parked at Camping World (RV dealership) for the night. The next morning we talked to the sales manager to see if they would buy our camper. He was extremely depressed as business is not going well (to say the least). Gas prices have just about killed the RV market. He said a yr ago they would of bought it and resold it right away. So we continued on. We returned the last bit of fireworks we had and ate lunch and headed for home. Ready for some R&R!
I'm sure we will visit Boone again and enjoy it someday!
See our next post for our big adventure from Statesville to Asheville......... you would think it would be a quick 2 hr ride home, but not so!

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