Our last day of work at Oh! Ridge Campground was October 8th. Hard to believe it’s time to pack up and move on. It’s amazing how settled in we got in just 3 months. We had a checklist of things we wanted to do while parked for 3 months. We were able to whittle down the list considerably, but some tasks will wait until we settle in Texas for a couple of months. This was the first time we had spent more than a couple of weeks in our Airstream, and all in all, we are quite happy with life in a small RV!
I hauled out the Airstream manual a couple of weeks prior to our departure to go over the maintenance checklist and see what was essential, or at least reasonable to get done before our exit date. We also wanted to do some routine truck maintenance. It was hard to shift gears and start to think about getting back on the road, but also exciting to think of the possible places we would visit en route to Texas.
What did we accomplish?
What do we need to do in Texas?
Not too shabby – looks like we did get some things accomplished!
We stopped work on Saturday, October 8th and had two days to pack up and leave – with Tuesday morning the 11th as our anticipated departure date. Jim used the wind shelter we had at our site to *stash* things he accumulated over the summer and to store things so we had more room in the truck. (You need to know Jim’s habits to understand the humor in this!) Let’s just say that the wind shelter acted as his surrogate garage. His pack rat tendencies, though, were held in check over the summer thank goodness! He spent a few days after work that last week sorting through things – returning some stuff to the campground *pod* and packing the rest.
I can honestly say that we really did not accrue too much *stuff* during our stay here this summer. We bought an outdoor rug to place at the entrance to the trailer to keep from tracking in too much dirt. We also bought a cute, collapsible aluminum table that sits between our outdoor Airstream chairs. And we purchased some much needed essential tools .
Packing up after an extended stay can be somewhat stressful, but we employed the *divide and conquer* strategy and were successful in getting everything in order with minimal combative episodes, and actually had a very amiable two days getting ready. The division of labor was simple – I handled everything interior, and Jim took charge of all exterior chores. I was charged with getting the inside of the Airstream travel-ready, and Jim was responsible for packing up the truck and checking exterior systems. It was a fair and equitable division of labor. We could work independently with minimal conversation, and therefore, avoided most opportunities for conflict!
We were all set to go Tuesday morning. All systems go – until Jim tried to start the truck to get hitched up. The truck turned over, and then stalled. Visions of chipmunk-eaten wires came to mind. Yup – those pesky little rodents had once again overnight made a nest in the box with the wiring harness!! We let our guard down one night, and they moved right in. Luckily, only one wire was damaged and Jim was prepared this time – armed with liquid electrical tape and small electrical connectors. It was a bit more of a challenge with his still-injured right hand not quite up to speed, but he persevered and got the job done. It still cost us a couple of hours of time in the morning but we were not planning on travelling very far the first day, so it all worked out. Never a dull moment!
We made it to Red Rock Canyon State Park that day and got a nice site nestled along the canyon wall with enough daylight to take a short walk before starting dinner. We are making our way to Texas on a somewhat circuitous route – headed to Sequoia National Park to rendezvous with Luke for a couple of days, and then spending some time traveling through some of our nation’s national parks and monuments in the Southwest – those that have been on my list of places to see for quite some time.
Stay tuned…….more to come on our favorite summer hikes and day trips in the Eastern Sierras, as well as our adventures in Sequoia NP, and our unscheduled stopover in Bakersfield due to adverse weather ahead of us! We will undoubtedly have spotty internet over the next two weeks so I will try my best to write off-line and post when able.