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 walk. 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” 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.