Monday, October 21, 2013

well that sure was an adventure for the books

For our next move, most likely to the east coast, we plan to rent an RV and drive across the country, checking out a lot of the national parks along the way. We want to make a little family vacation out of it. But before we fully commit, make reservations, and the whole nine yards, we wanted to have a little trial run. Matt had never been in an RV, only a trailer, and needed practice driving one of these beasts. Plus I really wanted to take him to my favorite campsite as a kid: Bridgeport. So during his week long break in September we took our very first RV trip and went "camping". Grandma and Rachel joined in on the fun too. And as great as it was spending time with family in the outdoors, anything and everything that could have gone wrong with the RV did.

We picked up the RV on Saturday in Dublin at El Monte RV. It was pouring down rain. Not the ideal situation. Especially driving. Thankfully we had Rachel do the driving since she had experience driving big rigs like this. After getting it back to Stockton it was time to load it up with all our stuff and get on the road asap. That was not easy. It took forever and the rain was no help at all. We wanted to leave the area by 2pm but didn't leave til almost 5! We were hoping to get to Carson City, our first stop, before dark but unfortunately that wasn't going to happen. So we just tried to enjoy the ride. About half way to Carson City Matt took over the driving. I'm glad I wasn't sitting up front because it was dark, we were on a winding road, and it was snowing!!!! Thankfully we arrived safely, pulled in the RV and settled in for the night. 

the RV

setting up all the electrical and hoses

mmmm rocks
After breakfast we got on the road. We didn't want to spend any extra time in a concrete campsite than we had to. On our way out of town we stopped by my Grandparent's old house. The views were unbelievable. Wish they still had this beauty. 

Matt driving

After a quick lunch we were off and on our way to Bridgeport!! We used to go camping here every single year when I was growing up. We used to "camp" in my grandparents RV, play outside and enjoy ice creams in town. I have a lot of good memories and I was so excited to take Charlotte here and share it with her. And Matt too. :)

our campsite

the creek

taking a little hike

the deer

pointing at the deer behind daddy

we have a visitor!
 Every night the deer would come into the campsite and get carrots and apples from the people. They would take them right out of your hand if you let them. We watched from afar. Ticks. Parasites. Diseases. Yucky no thanks.

On our second day there we loaded up the RV and took a short little drive to Twin Lakes. My Mom and her family used to go camping here when she was little and they had some great hiking we wanted to check out. Grandma, Rachel, and Harley stayed in the RV while Matt, Charlotte and I went on a little adventure.

look who's driving!!

the lake


passed out
After two night in Bridgeport we were due to check out and be on our way to Yosemite for two nights. The morning we were supposed to leave we could not get the leveling jacks to come up. Apparently a cup of water spilled on the equipment and caused it to short circuit. We tried to dry it out with a blow dryer only to blow all the fuses in the the RV. We finally got it up and running but it didn't work. So we had to call El Monte RV and ask for help. They called and called and tried to get someone to come out and fix it. The only guy they could find had to drive from Tahoe so he couldn't get there until the next day. Bummer. They only good thing: at least we were in a beautiful spot with full hookups! There are a lot worse spots to be stranded. 

beautiful day

taking a walk

the lodge
goodbye Bridgeport!

24 hours and $400 later the jacks were up and we were on our way to Yosemite. Even though it looked like there was a crazy storm over the pass, we made it through without any issues. I really wish we could have stayed in Yosemite for an extra night. It was so beautiful there. And it wasn't crowded at all! Maybe thats because we were there on the very last day of the season. haha. But it was nice. Matt and I went to a group campfire and a really nice hike through Tuolumne meadows. 

And Charlotte got to walk around outside a lot!! All bundled up and enjoying the outdoors!

We drove through all of Yosemite on our way home and enjoyed the beautiful scenery....until we got to the part burned by the fires. Sad. We spent our last night with the RV in Rachel's front yard in Stockton. Classy, I know. But since we had to get it back early in the morning, and we didn't want to leave Yosemite at the butt crack of dawn, that's how it had to be. 

The next morning we unloaded and tidied up the RV in a hurry. And as we went to pull in the slides......they wouldn't come in. Apparently the headlights had been left on and the generator was dead. The RV started up no problem, but you can't drive down the road with the slides out. Thankfully Rachel was able to jump start the generator and we got them in. At the very last minute. We were on a tight schedule and needed to have the RV back by 11am. We cut it close. 

It seemed that everything that could have gone wrong did.....we also spent an entire day trying to figure out the DVD player (poor instructions), a drawer broke, the toilet got backed up....twice, and we may or may not have taken out the satellite dish when we drove under a low hanging tree. But apparently Rachel is a jack-of-all-trades because she managed to fix almost every single issue....including the potty. Thank god because I sure didn't want to deal with that! And somehow we all made it out alive, and are now certified RV professionals.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've only ever done tent camping, but my experience has been that if something can go wrong, it will! But that's okay because half the fun of camping is telling the stories afterwards. It sounds like you made lots of great memories on this trip.