Originally Posted by sadiebug
That's where you rest after being up since 4 in the morning.
Sometimes it's where you rest when you've been up UNTIL
4 in the morning, Sadiebug!
And thanks for providing me with the perfect lead in for my latest Real, True, Walmart Story!
I recently took my granddaughter to camp in California- a considerable distance from home.
We only had a couple of days to get there and naturally wanted to stop at every tourist trap we could.
With that in mind, we left Hadlock Friday evening, planning to drive straight to the Oregon Coast and sleep in a rest area upon our late arrival.
That way we'd wake up right in Tourist Trap Heaven, rested, ripe and ready to be divested of our money!
When we hit the Oregon Coast we discovered that
All of the rest areas were managed by State Parks, and NONE allowed overnight parking!
And mind you, we had NO intention of spending our Tacky Souvenir Budget on campgrounds.
In disbelief we wandered south, pulling in at stop after stop- no dice.
Aliyah, having slept for awhile, awoke around 3 a.m. and joined in the desperate search.
(Side note: I was a bit miffed that, even though she was better rested,
she wouldn't take over the driving. Darned 11 yr. olds!)
By this time it was literally after 4 in the A.M. My only hope was to try not to die of sleeplessness before dawn, when I could LEGALLY pull into a rest area and REST!
And then- there, appearing in the Oregon Mist (rain) like an Oasis in a really wet desert-
!!!The NEWPORT, OREGON WALMART!!!
We both saw it at the same time, and yelled its blessed Name in Unison!
Brings a tear to my eye just to think of it...
We swooped into the parking lot and by 4:30 were sleeping like babies!
And by 10 a.m., rested and revived, we were plunking down our admissions at the first of many tourist traps-
But that's another story...
Once again, a huge