The Valley Center Mall in Eugene, OR is a great place to stop and boondock. They allow RVs to stay up to 48 hours in the very back lot, which is right beside the walking/bike paths alongside the river and delta. We took the dogs for a hike and saw all sorts of wildlife. Nutrias, otters, beavers, turtles, and a myriad of birds cohabitate in this urban oasis.
On the other side of us was the mall, a movie theatre and a ton of restaurants. We went for dinner at one of our favourite restaurants, Noodles & Company. We shared the Japanese Pan Noodles and Pad Thai with tofu, pairing them with a can of Hub IPA and a can of Hub lager. We found the IPA a little too hoppy, and the lager not hoppy enough. We’d have loved something right down the middle of them both.
We had planned to drive down the back way through Klamath Falls. There is a campground down there, Eagles Nest RV Park, who was offering any Burners a free stay.
I had originally thought it would be a great way to start meeting some Burners, but the closer we get to Burning Man, the more uncertain I get. I worry we won’t fit in. We’re too old, too suburban, too introverted. I feel myself wanting to back out and not go at all. All my excitement has turned to dread. I hate when I don’t fit in, and that seems to happen to me more and more. I hope this feeling leaves me soon. We’ve spent far too much time and money to back out, so I’ve got to just get over it. The experience will be what we make it.