Like most RVers, we have favorite RV parks.
On the way back home to Canada every spring, we stay at the county park in Wenatchee, Washington. It's a very pretty PA park on the river; only $12.50 for water and electric and convenient to the highway and shopping in Wenatchee.
But we've never returned home to Canada in February and didn't realize the park doesn't open til April. Had to scramble and find a new overnight spot close to the Canadian border.
How about Okanogan Casino just off the highway in Omak, Washington? We noticed they have electric boxes in the parking lot - maybe it's an RV park too.
We usually stop in Omak anyway to gas up the rig and grab some cheap last minute things at Walmart. While fueling up at the Tribal gas station, I asked the cashier if she knew the deal with RVs at the casino. In a happy coincidence she used to work there, and had all the info. It's a 50 amp electric hook-up, and RV-ers stay there for free (first come first serve) as long as they spend cash in the casino or restaurant. Smokin deal!
So we drove to the casino and I checked in while My Fella unhooked the car. We got a free space for the night with 50 amp electric plus a $10 players card in the casino. We had a good meal in the small casino restaurant and then spent the free $10 players card at the slots. After a couple hours we were up $23 and called it a night.
Success! We discovered a quiet, new place to overnight in Omak. And the casino wasn't even that smoky. Great way to end our snowbird winter!
And the Canadian border crossing the next morning was equally painless.
We pulled up to the border at 10:00 on Tuesday morning and we were the only ones there. (a.k.a. the only ding-a-lings returning to Canada when there's sill snow on the ground :)
Five minutes of questions and we were back in Canada. Eazy peazy.
Til we realized what was waiting for us at our golf course deep in the BC wilderness :(
Our RV lot had several feet of packed snow and the road to the lot hadn't been plowed all winter. Luckily we have a generator and lots of propane and stayed warm and dry the first night, parked outside the golf course clubhouse.
The next morning My Fella searched out our buddy JoeDynasty (not his real name - but he looks like one of the Duck Dynasty dudes) who has access to a bobcat. It only took him a couple hours to plow the road and then dig out a spot for JohnnyDisco.
yuck yuck yuck yuck yuck
We'll definitely plan this out better next year.