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Thunderbird RV Resort in Monroe, Washington, on the Grand Fossil Tour

Thunderbird RV Resort in Monroe, Washington, on the Grand Fossil Tour

With an Apology for Deferring a Story about Life in the Hadean

By Jim Fulton

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I moved the few miles from La Conner to Monroe in order to be closer to Robin and Trystan during the last week of their visit. Thunderbird RV Resort, like La Conner RV Park, is a part of the Thousand Trails system. But it's quite different in feel: not so densely forested, not so crowded with campers, but very pleasant and comfortable.

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Title Thunderbird RV Resort in Monroe, Washington, on the Grand Fossil Tour
Subtitle With an Apology for Deferring a Story about Life in the Hadean
Keywords Thunderbird RV Resort, Monroe, Washington
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Published: 2017/12/15
Last Revised 2018-09-13

Monroe, Washington

Arrived 2017/7/14
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Nights Stayed 7
Departed 2017/7/23
Map miles from last stop 62
Mileage on arrival 18,986
Actual miles from last stop 469
Accumulated miles for trip 2,081

I moved the few miles from La Conner to Monroe in order to be closer to Robin and Trystan during the last week of their visit. Thunderbird RV Resort, like La Conner RV Park, is a part of the Thousand Trails system. But it's quite different in feel: not so densely forested, not so crowded with campers, but very pleasant and comfortable.

To my dismay, it turned out that my fresh water tank is cracked. I will have to rely on campground water supplies until I can get it fixed. There's an old saying that a boat is a hole in the water to through money into. I'm beginning to realize that the same can be said of RVs.

Today's story speculates about life, where it came from, and how it managed to take hold during that most Hellish of Earth's eons: the Hadean.

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Thunderbird RV Resort and Monroe, Washington

Monroe was somewhat familiar. We visited or passed through it occasionally when we lived in Woodinville. It's the site of a large annual state fair, and also of a state prison. (I don't think there's a connection.) It's always been a bedroom community for Seattle, with inconvenience of commuting being offset by lower costs of living. That latter benefit might be disappearing, however. I'm reading that housing prices are following Seattle's into the stratosphere.

Thunderbird RV Resort, like La Conner RV Park, is part of the Thousand Trails / Encore systemPhoenix Note, with all the good and bad that entails, but since I was just coming out of the La Conner park, my Zone Pass didn't cover their "resort" pricing. (Two weeks is the maximum continuous stay on a pass in the system, not just at any one park.)

After the tight squeeze of La Conner's sites, I was pleased with the spaciousness of Thunderbird, fewer sites, fewer campers, more spread out. The roads were wide and there was plenty of room to back in. (Or there would have been had I not been a raw beginner at trailering. It took me several tries, even with my daughter helping.)

There is plenty to do in the splendid mix of sun and shade that Thunderbird provides: swimming pool, miniature golf, playground, and several other activities will keep the young and young at heart busy. The park lies on the southern bank of the Snoqualmie River, but direct access to the river is limited. You'll have to go elsewhere to put your boat in the water.

Yurts and cabins are available for the RV-less. Several of the sites were occupied by long-term residents. I didn't inquire what their long-term rates were. I certainly couldn't make that my permanent home, when I return to Washington, at their resort prices.

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Thunderbird RV Resort
Address 26702 Ben Howard Rd
Monroe Washington 98272
Home Page https://www.thousandtrails.com/
washington/thunderbird-rv-camping-resort/
Phone (360) 794-8987
Associations
Rate
(with discounts & taxes)
$68 (membership did not apply)
Pros
  • Spacious
  • Ample sites
  • Good cellular service
  • Good mix of sun and shade
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No mail delivery
Reviews (as of 2018/1/27)
Reviewer Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 5.7 (Average) 10
Good Sam 7.0 10
Tripadvisor 3.5 5
Phoenix 7 10
  Site Type back-in  
  Site Size 7 10
  Ease of Access 7 10
  WiFiPhoenix 7 10

Story Time.

Well, I tried, but it turns out that my plan for these blogs was too ambitious. In particular the stories I wanted to tell and the photos I wanted to share were taking vastly more time than I had available. So I'm having to revise my plan. From now on, I'll include a story when I can get it written; otherwise I will just report on where I've been. Maybe then I can catch up.

Onward

After leaving Monroe, my next stop was a short return to La Conner, and then across the water to Victoria BC.

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