10/31/2013 – Working Our Way South

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October 27, 2013 – our eventful trip begins to get more interesting. Lake Minden Thousand Trails added a Welcome where are now to register when arriving at the park. We were greeted by a speaker that said pull in to the parking lot after the gate opens. When the gate opened, Athena drove into the lot, but it was dark and she was not sure where to park, but everything worked out. After entering the welcome center we were handed our traditional check in material and a sheet of paper showing how the parking is to be used. Good thing we were the only ones here, we were totally misusing the parking lot. Leaving, did not go so well. We connected our car to the rig at our camp site, and left at about 9am. When we got to the parking lot there was a 40′ rig properly parked, and hooking up his car. There was a 40′ 5th wheel arriving, and us. We all needed the same space and were stuck. I turned our rig up tight against the guy hooking up, and around the hood of the pickup with the fifth wheel. At that instance, I learned Athena was right, our rig can’t turn a radius that sharp, and now what we had left was  the appearance of a well executed game of twister where we were all tied up in knots, but yet never making contact with each other. There was only one option at this point. Disconnect the car! We need to go backwards. Athena guided be back up to the other 40 footer until our rig was close enough to need to be wearing its wedding ring. We did this about six times while I got the front of my rig spun around until lined up with the exit gate. Once I exited the gate, the other guy who was hooking up was able to escape and the fifth wheel finally gets to check in. Athena and I found place about a 100 yards out of the park on the edge of a nut farm to reconnect the car to the rig and we were again on our way.

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We stayed the night at our normal Bakers Field haunt “Bear Mountain RV” living like kings on 50A, Sewer connections and all the water we could use. We had an excellent supper at the Golden Corral where kids 12 and under eat for $3.00 meaning we had all you can eat steak for only $27.00. Coincidentally our nights stay with tax was also $27.00. Not bad for a travel day.  We did run into some additional headaches on the way to Bakersfield. I drove from Nicolaus Ca, to Ripon where I pulled into the Flying J for fuel. Athena got out and directed me into the RV lane which was too tight a turn for us to make without guidance as they placed a cement post in the RV lanes. I really prefer the truck lanes as the RV, is built to take the truck pumps and nozzles, but Flying J prefers RV’s on their own area, seem reasonable on paper, but they are too small. I was tired and wanted to go to Denny’s for lunch, but all the RV parking spaces require you to back in. Class and A and C rigs using a standard tow package do not have reverse capabilities. We drove on, to LUV’s just north of Bakersfield, every spot including the truck spaces were back in only, so we drove on, and were very happy for the services in Bakersfield. Early the next morning, about 9am we left Bakersfield heading out on hwy58. This stretch of road was steep and windy our top speed on the hills was about 30mph. Cummins 330ISL appears to only be able to go 30 with 35K pounds and a 7 percent grade. I was good with that, the 200 cars behind us did not seem amused.

Some one installed thousands of fans across the California hillside. It is very windy here, so I think they are doing a good job of making wind. Sure ugly though!
Some one installed thousands of fans across the California hillside. It is very windy here, so I think they are doing a good job of making wind. Sure ugly though!
As we enter the Mojave Desert the flowers become surreal like they should part of a detailed train set layout. We are starting to see Joshua Trees, and pretty much nothing. I always dream of home with a view of nothing.
As we enter the Mojave Desert the flowers become surreal like they should part of a detailed train set layout. We are starting to see Joshua Trees, and pretty much nothing. I always dream of home with a view of nothing.
We are nearing our turn to Hwy 14 at Mojave. Now this place is really stark
We are nearing our turn to Hwy 14 at Mojave. Now this place is really stark
More Joshua Trees line the hills
More Joshua Trees line the hills
Finally we arrive at Soledad Canyon RV resort in Acton Ca. We found a great spot up on the hill with rocking 4G – LTE. With that Athena is excited to get some real work done from her desk , life does not get much better. So we had hoped. Athena finds out that UPS messed up the shipping information on three of her customer orders out of Illinois. When she tried to work with the customers, vendors, and UPS on the orders she found out she is the only one who cares. Working hard to correct this problem for customers she after two days of being a pest found out that an elephant is not all that concerned when a fly bites him on the butt. At the same time we get a call from the kids, they have been ill, and the DR. diagnosed John with Mono and ordered him to get rest, just as the chiropractor ordered him back to work on light duty. Not working really is a bear for a man mentally and physically. I feel for John. Holly, is just as ill as John, and stands a high probability of having Mono as well. If you have ever had to do book based work while ill, you have a real good idea of what she is up against. Holly is heading into mid terms, and this time they are complex.
Finally we arrive at Soledad Canyon RV resort in Acton Ca. We found a great spot up on the hill with rocking 4G – LTE. With that Athena is excited to get some real work done from her desk , life does not get much better. So we had hoped. Athena finds out that UPS messed up the shipping information on three of her customer orders out of Illinois. When she tried to work with the customers, vendors, and UPS on the orders she found out she is the only one who cares. Working hard to correct this problem for customers she after two days of being a pest found out that an elephant is not all that concerned when a fly bites him on the butt. At the same time we get a call from the kids, they have been ill, and the DR. diagnosed John with Mono and ordered him to get rest, just as the chiropractor ordered him back to work on light duty. Not working really is a bear for a man mentally and physically. I feel for John. Holly, is just as ill as John, and stands a high probability of having Mono as well. If you have ever had to do book based work while ill, you have a real good idea of what she is up against. Holly is heading into mid terms, and this time they are complex.
Holly and Johns day was headed for the can in a big way, but you guessed it, the can is out-of-order in a big way! I found this one in the Palm Dale California Winco. I wonder what conveys the message more. The Out of order sign? or the multilingual sign using the international love language of men (Duct Tape)? Regardless everyone’s week  seems to be determined to head to the can, so far only the duct tape holding us back.
Holly and Johns day was headed for the can in a big way, but you guessed it, the can is out-of-order in a big way! I found this one in the Palm Dale California Winco. I wonder what conveys the message more. The Out of order sign? or the multilingual sign using the international love language of men (Duct Tape)? Regardless everyone’s week seems to be determined to head to the can, so far only the duct tape holding us back.
We needed a Walmart and found one! The façade makes it look like a casino! They are going to have to raise their prices to keep up with ornate facades, or since they are now all-powerful in brick and mortar retail land they could just install slot machines so that men have something to do while their wives shop. On the way out, Walmart could hand out prize to the spouse who parted with the most cash. I think the ladies will always win. :)
We needed a Walmart and found one! The façade makes it look like a casino! They are going to have to raise their prices to keep up with ornate facades, or since they are now all-powerful in brick and mortar retail land they could just install slot machines so that men have something to do while their wives shop. On the way out, Walmart could hand out prize to the spouse who parted with the most cash. I think the ladies will always win. 🙂
Enough about shopping, it is laundry time! It appears as though someone has stolen our normal Laundry mat.  Oh, well I am not into laundry any how(maybe we can go wheeling in the Angels). Being this is an RV park, I wonder if they will turn its remains into lawn art. Maybe a raised garden?
Enough about shopping, it is laundry time! It appears as though someone has stolen our normal Laundry mat. Oh, well I am not into laundry any how(maybe we can go wheeling in the Angels). Being this is an RV park, I wonder if they will turn its remains into lawn art. Maybe a raised garden?
Nuts, Athena found that they built a new Laundry Mat
Nuts, Athena found that they built a new Laundry Mat
It takes credit cards and debit cards! Awesome! If you live on the road, you know just how hard it is to get quarters. The banks ration the things.
It takes credit cards and debit cards! Awesome! If you live on the road, you know just how hard it is to get quarters. The banks ration the things.
You can watch your laundry via the web!
You can watch your laundry via the web!
That was exciting, Holly and John again called the college has no record of her signing up for her proctored mid-term exam in the testing center. They can’t reach the instructor, and got nothing but run around from the admins staff. She is too ill to function, and without a miracle she will flunk a calculus test that she was maintaining a solid ‘B’ if not an ‘A’ in due to illness and Chemeketa’s typical methods of doing business. Now I wish we had kept all four course, as this term may not average out. Athena and I had a few idea on how they might correct the problem if done tonight, but Holly is distraught and John decided she would be better off doing nothing tonight.  Holly and John are a great couple who love each other deeply and deserve all the support that family and friends can offer. Please if you believe in Christ, send a prayer their direction, they need some luck, and courage to keep doing what needs to be done. We have all been there, and we have all come out stronger in the end by gaining wisdom, learning to be properly assertive while remaining caring individuals. Many times trial is our greatest instructor bringing out great things that we never knew we possessed.  Holly, if you read this remember what your Mom and I always say: “You never know what kind of luck you’re having when your having it”. Think about it; if Walt Disney had never been fired from his job, he may not have ever known what he was really able to do and we would be stuck with six flags!.
That was exciting, Holly and John again called the college has no record of her signing up for her proctored mid-term exam in the testing center. They can’t reach the instructor, and got nothing but run around from the admins staff. She is too ill to function, and without a miracle she will flunk a calculus test that she was maintaining a solid ‘B’ if not an ‘A’ in due to illness and Chemeketa’s typical methods of doing business. Now I wish we had kept all four course, as this term may not average out. Athena and I had a few idea on how they might correct the problem if done tonight, but Holly is distraught and John decided she would be better off doing nothing tonight. Holly and John are a great couple who love each other deeply and deserve all the support that family and friends can offer. Please if you believe in Christ, send a prayer their direction, they need some luck, and courage to keep doing what needs to be done. We have all been there, and we have all come out stronger in the end by gaining wisdom, learning to be properly assertive while remaining caring individuals. Many times trial is our greatest instructor bringing out great things that we never knew we possessed. Holly, if you read this remember what your Mom and I always say: “You never know what kind of luck you’re having when your having it”. Think about it; if Walt Disney had never been fired from his job, he may not have ever known what he was really able to do and we would be stuck with six flags!.
This was quite the week! So we went to Costco for hot dogs and ice cream bars. Man I live for the chocolate with the roasted almonds and cream. They did not have any, the Lancaster Costco supports some health initiative against obesity. They kindly offered me a yogurt substitute, I turned it down, they then offered to sell me a yogurt sundae, but Sarah and I were not buying it! No ice cream, no sale! If every Costco in Ca. is out to protect my health this way, I am headed to Nevada, I will of course call the Costco in Henderson before leaving. Just in case… After eating our hot dogs, (Thankfully those are now considered healthy again) we did our shopping, and we covertly found a way around the health nazi’s. Chocolate muffins, Poppy seed, real whip cream in a three pack and a pumpkin pie that when your eyes travel the circumference are on a perpetual journey. That my friends sums up another week in the annals of the Rolling Shoe Box Remember to pray for Holly and John as well as Athena’s work.
This was quite the week! So we went to Costco for hot dogs and ice cream bars. Man I live for the chocolate with the roasted almonds and cream. They did not have any, the Lancaster Costco supports some health initiative against obesity. They kindly offered me a yogurt substitute, I turned it down, they then offered to sell me a yogurt sundae, but Sarah and I were not buying it! No ice cream, no sale! If every Costco in Ca. is out to protect my health this way, I am headed to Nevada, I will of course call the Costco in Henderson before leaving. Just in case…
After eating our hot dogs, (Thankfully those are now considered healthy again) we did our shopping, and we covertly found a way around the health nazi’s. Chocolate muffins, Poppy seed, real whip cream in a three pack and a pumpkin pie that when your eyes travel the circumference are on a perpetual journey.
That my friends sums up another week in the annals of the Rolling Shoe Box
Remember to pray for Holly and John as well as Athena’s work.

 

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