Off the Grid  Retirement at our remote log cabin in Colorado

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Grass Seed and FedEx Delivery

Posted by: Rick

Well, it starts.

We know we are going to have lots of issues with our address. Our legal address is not serviced by the Post Office, so we have to get mail some other way. I'll go into that later.

However, I am told by my neighbors that FedEx will do deliveries right to the cabin (assuming the roads are open). And, UPS is supposed to do the same, but usually leaves packages at a drop box at the Wooden Shoe Ranch in Wyoming, about 7 miles away. Our neighbor recently filed a complain with UPS that their driver was taking the short cut of using the drop box rather than make the drive. (Not sure I blame him or her, but their service is supposed to be to the residence.)

I ordered some grass seed by phone the other day, and paid for FedEx delivery to my neighbor's address, which I am assured they use for home deliveries all the time. I just got a call from FedEx in Cheyenne and the conversation when something like this:

"We have a package for you, to be delivered to 100 Hidden Meadows Ln, Laramie, Wyoming." (I'm substituting our cabin address for the neighbor's address to keep it private.)

Me: "Okay, good."

"However, we can't find that address or any driver that knows anything about it. It appears that the actual location is in Colorado!"

Me: "That's right. But, that is the address my neighbor uses for home delivery with FedEx. And, I'm pretty sure they have had success."

"Hmmm. Never heard of that. Delivering to a house in Colorado with a Wyoming address. Can you call your neighbor or have him call me to try to figure this out?"

And, so it goes. I'll email the neighbor. Meantime, the (very friendly) FedEx guy was going to try to see if deliveries came out of Fort Collins, Colorado instead of Wyoming.

The good news is that we don't need the grass seed for a couple of weeks and we will likely have time to sort it out. The bad news is that this is probably foreshadowing a lot of hassles coming in the future.

A footnote on the grass seed. We plan to seed the areas where the slash piles were burned. I bought 3 pounds of Dry Native Mountain Mix and 1/2 pound of Rocky Mountain Wildflower seeds from Pawnee Buttes Seed located in Greeley, Colorado. I recommend them highly.

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UGH

Update: I called FedEx to check on this and apparently the package is “out for delivery”. So, we’ll see what happens next!

I want to note that Jeremy in the FedEx office in Cheyenne is very friendly and helpful and seems very committed to getting this package delivered. A great service experience, so far.

Update: FedEx put the package on a truck for delivery yesterday, apparently thinking they’d figured out the general area. And, our neighbors encountered a FedEx truck while driving into Laramie and flagged it down. It was not carrying the package of seeds.

Today, Jeremy called me and told me the driver spent about 30 minutes trying to find the address before giving up. And, the package of seeds was back at the FedEx delivery center in Cheyenne. He wanted me to send him turn-by-turn directions to the address. The guy was still committed to making the delivery!

However, I punted and gave him our New Jersey address and he is forwarding it on to us at no additional cost. We will just cart it back to Colorado next week when we make the cross-country trip. Those are going to be well-travelled seeds!

:(
I had such high hopes of the delivery getting through. Boo.

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