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Joys of Errands in a New Town

Beaumont, CA
59° / 82° Partly Sunny ☀
TODAY’S RV PARK: Cherry Valley RV Park
OUR RATING: 4 Stars because it was convenient off the highway, super cell signals, full hookups, nice friendly staff, and great county park within a 5 minute drive
PRICE: $13/day with RPI membership

Doing my taxes today and clearing out some clutter in my email. Have a few clients that need some overdue attention today.

Also, need to visit Verizon to figure out why this new cellular WIFI equipment isn’t working so well. It’s going to be a full day of work and errands – tomorrow we leave for Vegas.

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Finished the errands, and just wanted to share with you one of the joys of roaming the country.  That’s doing your regular day-to-day shopping in new stores.

When you live in one place, you can quickly get into a routine of shopping the same stores that you know so well. You can probably build a map in your head of the entire layout.  You may even have the same section of the parking lot you always park in.  This type of routine – similar to the first 7 minutes of every morning – eases the amount of brain power needed to get through the day.  Auto-pilot kicks in and you can get your weekly shopping done without remembering much about the excursion.  Much like driving.  When that sudden fear takes hold as you rack your memory, forcing yourself to remember if you stopped at a red light or not.

Those comforting routines do not exist in RV Life.  Every store is different, even if tis a familiar chain store.  Except Bed Bath & Beyond.  Those seem to be exact replicas.  (yawn – very boring).

Today, we walked into a chain drugstore,  RiteAid, not exactly sure what to expect, except that it is the location of our Amazon locker.  We may not be able to get our postal mail very easily, but Amazon makes it extremely convenient to receive packages of almost any size.

As we walked into this particular shiny new Rite Aid, it became apparent that this store was like a Walgreens on steroids!   The layout felt like a Kohls – if it were a drugstore.  The back wall looked like a fancy medical clinic and my favorite part of the wonderous store was situated along the front wall.  A full ice cream counter!  Baskin Robbins has nothing on this counter – it was stock full of at least 31 flavors of ice cream that takes more time to browse then the nail polish section across from it.  The unique scoop they use to dallop your flavor on a crunchy, yummy sugar cone is itself a unique thing.  I’ve never seen anything like it!  The scoop gives the ice cream a cylinder shape instead of the usual, expected, round blob.  I never thought I’d say this about an ordinary ice cream cone – but it sure was pretty!

Oh! the joys of travel and exploring new towns in this new lifestyle.