We’re in a sauna… We’re melting.

Looks like we picked a (very) warm week to be in Corning, CA. In search of a cooler place to escape the 3-digit heat...

Looks like we picked a (very) warm week to be in Corning, CA. In search of a cooler place to escape the 3-digit heat…

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Co-pilot, Flight-attendant, Navigator, I am.

If I ever become an air traffic controller, I will most likely cause havoc. Navigating Richard along California streets and highways is not a fun job but someone’s gotta do it…

I learned:
1. Before leaving our RV site, check for freeway ramp closures. Knock on wood, we shall never encounter one of these…
2. I verbally remind him our speed going up and down, as a co-pilot would do(?) or is that a wife thing?
3. When it comes to the lane merges, I must close my eyes and just wait it out until he finishes getting mad at the hesitant vehicle entering our lane.
4. When roaming the streets as he make his wide turns, I gotta watch the mirrors to make sure our trailer doesn’t hit anything (or anyone). After a successful turn, I give Richard a pat on the back.
5. When on a busy interstate, I can’t be on my cell phone surfing the net. I have to guide Richard along as to which lane and freeway to get on. One wrong move will give me gray hair…
6. I’m constantly picking up a lot of tension in the air and I have learned to gather it and throw it out the window and replace it with peaceful energy. (Listening to Kelly Clarkson on CD doesn’t help.)
7. I have to be like a flight attendant. My passenger in the back stays quiet most of the drive, thanks to his tablet from grandma and grandpa, but if he’s hungry or thirsty, I need to be all-smiles.
8. We look out for our new friends. Big rigs are our road-guides. They help us get in lanes, get out of lanes, maintain our speed and directs us to the “safe lanes”. I’d hug truckers if I could, but for now, a silent gratitude prayer will do…

So, for me, this is the downfall of RV living and traveling. It is stressful to be co-pilot. I look forward to settling into an RV park and leaving the stress behind. Nature, kind strangers and caring friends and family always makes it all go away… Please continue to pray for our safety. They are working as we speak. Thank you.

Going on break… It’s time to put on the wife-&-mommy hat now…

The Road to Auburn, CA

 

The drive from Carson City, NV to Auburn, CA was nerve-wracking for me. Lots of uphill and downhill.

The drive from Carson City, NV to Auburn, CA was nerve-wracking for me. Lots of uphill and downhill.

 

We like rest areas because we 1- get to stretch our legs 2- restroom break 3- raid the trailer for some snacks.

We like rest areas because we 1- get to stretch our legs 2- restroom break 3- raid the trailer for some snacks.

Our neighbors are friendly and sites are separated by bushes and trees.

Our neighbors are friendly and sites are separated by bushes and trees.

Site #13 at Auburn Gold Country RV Park.

Site #13 at Auburn Gold Country RV Park.

Snack time after swimming with daddy.

Snack time after swimming with daddy.

Owen playing tetherball. I remember playing this in elementary school. I never won because I was too short :(

Owen playing tetherball. I remember playing this in elementary school. I never won because I was too short 😦

 

 

I was a Counselor

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On this stop-over, I met two 15 year olds. Both were troubled and had a lot to share. I’m glad they found a friend in me.

One young man hid the cut scar on his cheek as we spoke. He and his little brother Carson (Owen’s swim friend) recently left an abusive environment. I learned this young man is a math genius and although his heart is in pain, his little brother will keep him busy and distract him from his troubled past. They’re staying at the RV site until their mother figures out where to go from here.

This morning we metSamuel from Virginia. His family are on their way to San Diego for the summer. Off the bat, he tells me his mom took a picture of our trailer sticker that read “Life begins where fear ends”. I learn that his brother in the army died and I can tell he’s still mourning for him. Samuel is an athlete. He showed me his skateboard and later hung out with Richard.

We’re currently back on the 395. Richard pointed out the clouds crawling out of the canyon. I better stop blogging and pay attention for wind advisory…

 

Owen’s Day at the Children’s Museum

We spent the afternoon at Downtown Carson City. We walked a few blocks and although the streets were busy with cars, the sidewalks were empty. Just like our trip to Target last night (at 7 pm), it was empty. Where was everyone? Your guess is as good as ours.

We saw the State Capital Building, State Library, 4 casinos and several restaurants. I watched Richard and Owen play at the Children’s Museum. Afterwards, we made a stop at a barber shop then continued the downtown-walk to the library and the used-book store. Owen found books that he declared, “better than the Navigator Series byEoin McNamee”.

Owen's new interest.

Owen’s new interest.

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60% Country & 40% City-girl

The 40% city-girl in me was grinning ear to ear when I found out there’s a shopping center one block away from our RV site (Comstock Country RV Resort). As I called for directions, the camp host told me to look out for Walmart. The researcher in me got me investigating and discovering there was Target, Pier 1 Imports, Costplus Market, Michaels, Costco and many restaurants nearby. The city girl in me couldn’t wait to explore this side of nature…

The  drive to Carson City, Nevada wasn’t bad. This is because we didn’t push our truck hard. We maintained a kind speed and let everyone pass us. Veronika from Paradise Shores RV Park in Bridgeport told me what to expect on our drive to Carson City. She put my mind at ease and this helped tremendously. She said the hard part was over and we’ll make it just fine. She was also kind enough to forward our mail to our next destination in Corning, CA.

The drive along Walker River on the 395 was stunning. I wanted to pull over and let Owen frolic and play. But I remembered, this wasn’t easy to do with a 35 ft trailer…  As we approached the state line to Nevada, I asked Owen how it felt to be in a different state. His reply was, “it feels different…”

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Walker River along 395 leaving Bridgeport, CA

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Site #29. They knew we were newbies and someone escorted us and guided us in. This time, we opted for a pull-through.

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This is the first thing Richard does upon arrival.

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In the mean time, Owen is safely tucked away playing with mud.

 

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This is where I come in… I get to make our trailer our home. I love unpacking our things and putting them in their places.

 

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Owen pulls out his state book and educates us about the state we are in. This inspires him and he wants to go to Downtown Carson City to learn about the state capital. 

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He puts the sticker on his map to declare he’s been there.

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The boys go swimming and Owen makes a friend. Ironically, his friend’s name is Carson.

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Lessons Learned

During our two week stay at Bridgeport, we learned:

1. Make sure all screens in our trailer are closed before dark (to avoid fly-invasion).

Learn from us. Make sure all screens on windows and doors are tightly closed.

Learn from us. Make sure all screens on windows and doors are tightly closed.

2. Laundry day is therapeutic because this is the time where we just sit down and do nothing but that.

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3. Make friends with the locals. Doing this formed friendships and a plate of delicious tamales for dinner.

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4. When it’s time to pack up the trailer, take our time and don’t rush to get on the road or else we’ll overlook something (a window open in the trailer).

5. Check out town/restaurant recommendations from friends and locals.

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6. Dedicate a day or two to do What Owen wants (Owen day.)

I liked wall climbing.

I liked wall climbing.

7. Visit the library to have some quiet time in town.

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8. When driving, add 1+ hour to destination arrival and don’t worry about cars passing us. We’re pulling a trailer and in no hurry.

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9.  If the road is steep and it’s dark and windy, put on the Sound of Music CD and sing merrily in the car to ease nervousness. Or text a family member who’ll keep you distracted.

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10. During drives, I learned not to distract Richard with “what are you thinking and feeling?” questions.

11. Keep in contact with people we love.

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12. Continue being myself and do what I enjoy. Art, Kids and Interior Decorating.

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Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite NP

This was nothing we’ve ever seen before. Breathtaking, stunning, beautiful will not suffice. I can break out into a “Sound of Music” song, but that would scare the birds away. It’s best if we let you see for yourself…

We came from the Tioga Pass and the drive was scenic.

We came from the Tioga Pass and the drive was scenic.

He could have easily stayed here for hours.

He could have easily stayed here for hours.

He brought his binoculars with him to look for birds.

He brought his binoculars with him to look for birds.

Owen loved learning about the Soda Springs.

Owen loved learning about the Soda Springs.

Our photographer in training (Owen) takes a great shot.

Our photographer in training (Owen) takes a great shot.

We collected pebbles to add to our collection.

We collected pebbles to add to our collection.

The clear water made me thirsty for a tall glass of water.

The clear water made me thirsty for a tall glass of water.

On the yellow brick road

Got any must-see-&-do stops along our yellow brick road?

Museums? Restaurants? Great biking and hiking locations?

After some consideration we decided to adjust our route. We want to avoid the extreme grades up and down the mountains as much as possible considering that our trailer and stuff are rather heavy. To name a few: My sewing machine, clay wheel, screen-printing press, Owen’s tuba, swing set and rock wall. We can’t forget our grandfather clock and baby grand piano…

Kidding aside, we prefer to make side trips from the places we are staying at instead of taking our heavy home through the mountains. With that said, we are looking for suggestions that you may have for adventures along our route.

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Massacre at the lake (not as macabre as it sounds)

Learn from us. Make sure all screens on windows and doors are tightly closed.

Learn from us. Make sure all screens on windows and doors are tightly closed.

There was a massacre at the Lake last night. We were all sitting on the couch planning more stops for our trip when we all of a sudden realized that there were some bugs on the wall. These however were only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. My oh my did we have bugs in our trailer. Some of our screens on the windows were not securely seated and the bugs were flocking to the light.

We pulled out all the stops. First we started swatting like crazy. Sorry little bugs, but you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. When that took care of a Lot of them, but not all, we started steaming them with hot water and later with some of our essential oils. In the mean time we kept swatting. It was a total massacre!

We eventually piled up in Owen’s room, because his light had stayed off and did not have the battlefield scars like our bedroom. Surprisingly we had a quiet night and all slept well, albeit a bit cramped.

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Here is a picture of our newly painted wall covered in bug smears. Yuck!