Through the Looking Glass

When we had our windshield replaced in Coos Bay, we were told that we couldn't stay in the RV and that it would take about 3.5 hours to finish the job. I was concerned about Callie and we told them so, and Area Glass said they would keep a close eye on her while they worked. I was skeptical but didn't have much choice, so we locked her up in the back bathroom and I went off to do laundry and Michael used their internet service in the office.

When I was finished with laundry at a local laundry mat, I came back and Michael and I took Callie out for a walk and then we had to leave again for a little over an hour while they fit the windshield and sealed it into place. We locked Callie back up in the closet/bathroom and this time when we headed out for lunch, I wasn't as concerned because it had all gone so well the first half of the job. But when we returned the second time, the workers joked that Callie was an escape artist and that they had to tie her to the sink with the leash because while they were working away, one of the guys looked up and Callie was sitting on the front seat grooming herself with no windshield in the frame. They quickly guided her to the back and tied her up with relief. She got out of the harness a second time and again was sitting on the front seat when they were ready to put the windshield back in its place. This time they attempted to lock her back up in the bathroom. I didn't believe them when they told me about it and so left again while the adhesive was drying which took one more hour to set!

When we came back the third time, I opened up the door to the RV and immediately noticed the empty leash and harness dangling from the bathroom sink. I panicked and called for her and she responded right away with a soft meow. She had climbed up into the loft and took a nice long nap while the men worked.

I went back in to tell them that I had thought that they were kidding me, and they said that they weren't. She really did get out twice, only to place herself primly on the front seat and groom herself when they weren't around. Nor was there a windshield put back in place at the time. I am so fortunate that Callie views the RV as home now, and didn't freak out with all of the construction going on AND didn't think to test whether there was a looking glass to go through or not!

Coos Bay, Oregon

Coos Bay has the awesome distinction of having had- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest filmed here with Jack Nicholsen. The infamous scene where Jack steals a boat can be imagined right outside the RV window as we drive by. It is a thriving city and fishing boats are still moored at the dock and all the store fronts appear to be open for business. Other Oregon coastal towns don't seem to be as fortunate.

We needed to drive to Coos Bay to have Tony's RV Repair have a look at our windshield that had popped out slightly after our "off road" adventure at Albee Creek in the redwoods. We lost a hubcap, a valve was severed on the back right inner tire and the lower kitchen cabinets separated just a little more from the wall due to the rough road conditions. We have promised each other that we will NOT drive on any more questionable roads!

Tony sent us to Area Glass & Mirror, Inc. and we are going to have the windshield either replaced or repaired depending on what they find when they attempt to fix it. Michael was told by an auto body repair shop in Crescent City that we might have actually bent the frame of the RV because we had put an anti-sway bar on the back to keep the RV from pitching so much. He said it was a bad idea because it made the back-end too rigid for the cab. Michael was pretty freaked out about it until Tony told us the sway bar is a fabulous idea and that it was just a windshield problem. The cost could be any where from $200.00, if all they have to do is remount the existing windshield and up to $375.00 if they have to replace it. We are very impressed with both Tony and Area Glass.

We can't have the repair work done until Thursday afternoon, so we are camping at Sunset Bay State Campground and got one of the last 2 sites left. It is now Wednesday morning and it is raining lightly and typical Oregon coast weather. Callie had a walk on the leash in the heavy drizzle and many campers commented on her not only walking on a leash, but in the rain no less!

Our drive from Crescent City was beautiful and Callie spent the entire time on the dash again. It has become her favorite place to be when we are traveling.