Last week I took off on a three-day, 500 mile, trip around the Cascade Loop in Northern Washington State. Just my 2005 13-foot Scamp
, my dog, and me. I’m a widower approaching 74 and have averaged 3,000 miles a summer in small travel trailers since I retired 10 years ago.
Like most old guys living alone, I have small “Senior Moments” but they’re seldom troublesome but last week …. well you decide.
When I checked in at the Lincoln Rock State Park on the Columbia River near Wenatchee, I backed into my site, and hooked up water and power. I didn’t bother to unhook the trailer from the car since I didn’t plan on going anywhere. I did put the front jack down to stabilize things.
The next morning I disconnected water and power, lifted the front jack and unhooked the safety chains and the 7 pin electrical
connection. After a quick walk around I took off towards home, 180 miles away.
10 miles later as I was braking on a downhill stretch, I glanced down at the light
on my electric brake to see that reddish color and, Nothing! No red light
, no green light
, no light at all. Oh crap! Why had I disconnected the 7-pin connection so I had no trailer brakes
? And why was I driving 60 MPH in heavy traffic with no safety chains.
Now you see why I started thinking about Senior Moments. And then I realized that within the previous two days I had seen several examples that weren’t me. The old guy in a bulgemobile pulling out of the space next to me with his TV antenna still up. The nice lady who left dragging her power cord. And so on.
Have you had senior moments? Do they worry you? What should I do about them? Are my Scamping days over?
Ron of Lopez Island