Located on a country road, set on the Snohomish River, seven miles from the town of Monroe, is Thunderbird Thousand Trails Resort. Foreboding clouds, spritzer rain, and cold, in contrast to our last stay here in July of 2009 when I couldn’t get enough of the beauty of this river. I must have snapped 30 pictures of melting sunsets. Where went summer?
We managed to get the exact same spot we had in 2009, near the laundry, on the river side of the resort. We spent the morning doing household chores and didn’t get out to walk until after dinner. The weather cleared, some, but summer still seems far away. Jim always comes to Monroe to catch up with friends, Mike and Vicki Coleman. Mike is a mechanic and looks after the Bronco. Jim sold his old Bronco from this spot and had the “new” one out fitted as his “toad” that July. Jim’s grammar/ high school pal, Al Penta, lives in Monroe. An avid cyclist, Al bikes about 20 miles every morning and speeds right by the resort. Too early for us, however, and we get up at five a.m.
Across the road from us is the Family Lodge for the resort.
Someone painted a decent rendition of it on the TV dish at the Adult Lodge.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped, hilly, and cover about ten acres. This poppy is the size of a small cabbage.
Rhododendrons resemble balloons.
I’ll be making good use of the pool and hot tub here, before I leave for California on Monday. I know the weather will clear and be sweet and sunny when I leave. It’s Murphy’s law!