Last Thursday I started a short vacation with a friend of mine and the RT in Northern California. Once again the cat stays home with a good house sitter and I departed for the northern climes.
What took me to this area? I am a member of the Nature Conservancy Legacy Club. Once a year the California chapter of this organization offers the members of the Legacy Club a chance to tour one of their properties. They send us a list of 15-20 sites and we each get to choose one. This year Nancy (my traveling buddy) and I chose Ten Mile River. Yesterday we went on the property and learned all about conservancy easements and the restoration of the coho salmon to Northern California.
Ten Mile River is about 7 miles north of Fort Bragg on a gorgeous stretch of Route 1. This area is all about wilderness, ocean, redwoods and grapes. I am discovering that it is also a place of interesting state parks. The two that we will be staying at are Van Damm and Mckericher State Parks.
My Roadtrek has been my second vehicle since late February. Work and personal business has kept me home in San Diego since mid-March. Now if you are going to be “stuck” somewhere this is not a bad place to be. It feels good to be on the road again, even for a short time.
It is interesting to travel with someone else. I have been recognizing my own traveling pet peeves. You may think that since I am traveling with someone else it might have something to do with them. When someone else is around I find I can laugh at my own foibles.
My number one pet peeve is dirty windshields and dirty windows any where on any of my vehicles. I clean the windows every morning and at most gas station stops. It feels like a personal affront when the first bug lands on my windshield after the last wash. I think they do it on purpose. In fact I am sure of it. And I don't want to even get into bug swarms. Aaahhh!! I am sure glad for my extended length windshield washer that I bought at Walmart right after I bought my RT. It was my first must have purchase, of course.
What are the some of my other pet peeves?
Getting ready to cook the first meal on-the-road and discovering that the lighter to ignite the stove is not where I am sure I left it, the last time I was out and about. $5.95 took care of that issue.
Dirty floors. I have my dust pan and broom handy all the time. I clean those floors just before I leave a campsite for the day, and sometimes in between as well. I have gotten into the habit of leaving my shoes by the door. I wish I could be this fastidious with my Sticks and Bricks home.
The latches on the doors in the Roadtrek. I am always adjusting these latches. I think everything is good to go. I have checked all the doors and the latches work well. The first stop comes and I go to open a door and it won't open. Arrgh!! I adjust it, it works perfectly. Next stop, the door won't open. Arrrgh!! And it can keep on that way through the whole trip. Now I carry a long flat handled back scratcher with me and if a door doesn't open I gently slide it just below the latch and then with a small push on the handle and a gentle pull on the door it opens. This is not the best solution but for now it works for me. Anyone with suggestions?
Having run through all the pre-inspections and then discovering a water leak less than 24 hours of departure. I think I was able to resolve this temporarily but when I return home it is going into the shop for the second time with this issue. Which leads to the next pet peeve.
Not having my RT for a while. It is going to be in the shop. Sigh. I guess I will just have to go to the beach and play around my own home town. Not a bad thing to have to do. And, I might actually have to get the tent out so I can go camping. It has been feeling quite neglected since I bought my cute Roadtrek Agile a year ago.