After spending the holidays with my family, I flew back to Reno on 1/2. I had left my rig at the airport just like I did last year. Only problem was that the weather this year was much harsher then last year. When I got to the rig I noticed that the heater was not running. I had set it on a low temp (about 55) to keep the rig warm inside. I checked the lights and none of them worked as well. My house batteries were completely dead. BUMMER!!!
The truck battery was OK so I started it and drove the 2 miles to the Reno RV Park where I was able to hook up to their electricity. I also noticed that my propane tank was empty so I had that filled up. Now I had both electricity and heat. I turned on the water pump for just a second to see if it was working but heard nothing so switched it off immediately.
None of my SeaLevel gauges worked so I couldn’t check any levels. I basically had to thaw out everything to get it working. The problem was it was late in the day and I had a doctor’s appointment in the morning. So I turned on the heater to 70 and left it running all night. By the way the temperature got down to 6 degrees in Reno that night.
In the morning, the gauges were still not working. I headed out to the doctor and took care of that and then stopped by Jiffy Lube and had the truck serviced before I left Reno. Then I was on the road to warmer temperatures. I made it to Beatty, NV which is about 100 miles north of Las Vegas. The camp host said it was only going down to 20 degrees. Much warmer then Reno, but still not warm enough for me.
When I got up the following day I checked the gauges and sure enough everything was working as it should. My levels even read the same as they did when I left Fernley way back on 12/24. I couldn’t believe it. I turned on the water pump and it even worked as it should. AMAZING!!!!
My Lazy Daze is one tough rig to have survived that cold. I had been following the weather in Reno while I was in Southern CA and I noticed that it snowed and the temps never got above 30. I think two things happened while I was away. The first was that I ran out of propane. My tank only holds 7 gallons and I had it filled before I left. Because it was so cold it used it all up. Second, it snowed and the snow covered my solar panels. It was so cold that even during the day the snow would not melt so the panels could not recharge the house batteries . Since the heater was running to try and keep the temp at 55 it ran down the batteries.
I left Beatty, NV and headed 211 miles to Bullhead City, AZ where I will stay a couple of days with my brother-in-laws brother. It will give me a chance to get organized and stocked up for my trip to Quartzsite. It only got down to 30 here so it feels warm compared to Reno. I can’t wait to get to Quartzsite.
I flew out of Reno, NV on Christmas Eve and landed in Southern California where I stayed with by sister and brother-in-law for the holidays. It was a very busy time trying to meet up with all my friends and family. It seemed like I had something going every day.
Christmas day we picked up our mother and brought her to my sister’s house to spend Christmas with us. It has gotten harder and harder to get her out, but she was a real trooper. This is a pic of family.
Here is another pic where she has a Mitt Romney mask on and my sister is Barrack Obama. HA!!!
This was the beautiful sunset taken from their backyard. It was just as you see it and the pic was not enhanced.
One Day my sister and I went to the home where my mother is living and took part in their music therapy. It was fun and we had a great time.
Bev, Bob and I went out to lunch down at the Dana Point Harbor. It was a fun time.
Bev and Bob also invited our good friends over one day for dinner and celebrating the Holidays. We all had a super time.
After all the Christmas gatherings we went out to lunch again down at the Dana Point Harbor. It was a spectacular day.
I had a great time visiting family and friends over the holidays. Now I am ready to fly back to Reno and hit the road for more new adventures.
I had to drive down to Prineville for an all day orientation. I met Loren and his wife Sue. He was the guy who originally called me back in February regarding the job. There was also the camp hosts from the neighboring campsites that work for the same concessionaire. It was really nice as they had a nice selection of food for breakfast and they also bought our lunch. We went over all our duties and everyone had lots of questions. It was also nice to be able to talk to other hosts about what to expect.
Weatherman was this in your prediction?
After the orientation I stopped off at the grocery store for a few items and then headed back to camp. I was surfing the net when I happened to look up and this is what I saw.
It is not the best picture as I was taking it out of my windows. This is a better pic of what was happening.
Start of my summer job – HA!
IT WAS SNOWING! I thought this was going to be my summer job. I saw more snow now then I did last winter while working for Amazon.
It didn’t get real deep but it was pretty amazing to see. I think the last time I saw snow falling was on one of my ski trips to Mammoth Lakes back in 2010. It was really neat.
Brrrrr!! Very cold!!!
Of course with the snow comes the COLD! The day I arrived at this campground it was a beautiful day with a temperature of 86 degrees. I guess it just shows how unpredictable the weather can be here in Central Oregon.
Memorial Weekend went off well
All this took place on the 24th just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend. I was figuring I was going to be bombarded with campers. Friday it rained and melted much of the snow away. But the cold decided to stay on for a few extra days. My first holiday weekend turned out to be pretty good. I was very busy selling firewood and collecting camping fees but it wasn’t bad at all. The campground was over 1/2 full and most of the campers were signed up to stay the whole weekend. It is just a bummer that it happened to be soooooo cooold!!!
Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 2012!!! Hopefully I will meet up with some of you on the road.