What a Great Idea - Monroe, WA

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 11:04 AM


We spent part of a week in Sedro-Woolley, WA (Barb’s old hometown) in order to visit with Aunt Barbara, who is now 97 and the matriarch of the Heeck side of the family.   We originally had planned on spending a whole week at the town’s small RV park on the banks of the Skagit River.   Pulled in, went to pay and they now allow only 5 days!  5 days is an abnormal number of days to begin with, but in the summer, when it is hard to get reservations anywhere, that becomes almost impossible.  It wasn’t on their website when I checked in March as I was planning our trip!

Anyway, I decided to check with the Monroe Evergreen Fairgrounds to see if we could get a spot for the coming weekend, and they had empty spaces, though we had to book Friday night because of their weekend requirements.  OK, turns out it only cost us $10 extra because the rate was lower than Sedro-Woolley’s!   So we decided to do that, spent Sunday with Margaret and did laundry at her place. 


Sunday, July 18, we went to a local coffee house for breakfast.  We found a place we had not visited before in downtown Monroe: Sharina Beans on Main [https://www.facebook.com/sharinabeansonmain/ and https://sharinabeans-on-main.square.site/about].  

Each of us ordered a coffee drink and a pastry to eat.  Dave had a wonderful banana nut cupcake and I had a pecan caramel role.  

As we sat down to partake of the coffee and pastries Dave noticed a chalkboard and on it were post it notes for any customer having lost job or having difficulties to use to order a free coffee.  At that time only one post it note was on the board so Dave gave the owner some money to place another note on the board.  He thought the idea was a very good one and revealed that the owner clearly cared about her community!