Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Check Engine Light, Playing and Into The Desert!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Soon after leaving the Crater Lake area we were just arriving in Klamath Falls, Oregon and the dreaded "Check Engine" light came on.  CRAP! Now what?  You'll remember that I just took the truck in to RAM to have this fixed. It was a flaw with the catalytic converter system. They said at the time that if the check engine light comes on again that we would probably have to have our catalytic converter replaced.  Since we have no way of knowing what the light was for, we stopped in at the local RAM service center and a technician came out and confirmed that it was indeed the same issue as before.  He said that it would not harm the truck to keep driving on our trip, so we took off. I emailed the local dealership where we normally go to let them know. We then continued on south.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

It was a peaceful night at the campground last night.  This morning we got going early and had a quick breakfast before heading out on the "Bumpass Hell" trail to the most interesting place! This 3 mile, moderate hike took us through gorgeous scenery to the location of this geothermal curiosity. Mud and water boil at over 200 degrees while plumes of sulfurous gas escape. The stench of sulfur (which has a rotten egg smell) was strong as we used the man-made boardwalk to view the bubbling pools.  It was very surreal, and there were several signs warning you to stay on the boardwalk because of the strong danger of being burned by falling through the thin-crusted surface! Yikes! In fact, the man who discovered it who was named "Bumpass" did fall through one time burning his leg, and eventually lost it.  We stayed on the trail.
After leaving there we were pretty tired. It was only a three mile hike, but there was some steep terrain, and we haven't been hiking for a while, PLUS we were at about 6,000 foot elevation. We got in the truck and traveled a little further to the Lassen visitors' center and bought ourselves a t-shirt and an ice cream. We felt pretty restored after that.  Dad said we could go to Reno, so that's where we are headed next, though we plan to stop for the night on the way there.  We are very close now but too tired to go to Reno today! Guess that's it for now! Love, Mom.

Monday, Sept 19, 2016

We found an interesting boondocking prospect on our "Allstays" app in the Plumas National Forest very near Herlong, California. The significance of this area was that 32 years ago to the day, we met while stationed in here in the Army.  We felt compelled to spend a night surrounded by the familiar landscape of the high desert where we spent our first months together, completely unaware that we would be back here 32 years later after spending our lives together.  What an incredible journey it has been!  THe circle of golden hills surrounding this place brought back many memories of what we thought were trials and tribulations. How young and naive we were!
This boondocking spot had about 6 primitive, small campsites, and one vault toilet.  The sites were not level, but close enough for a truck camper, our jacks were able to straighten us out.  I would NOT recommend it for big rigs at all, and only very small RV's, like a small class C. Early in the morning, after a very peaceful night we closed up the camper and hit the road.  Todd decided he wanted to make the short drive into Herlong itself, and visit the ghostly remnants of what used to be a pretty bustling Army Depot.  Not much is left of it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We stopped in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort RV Park.  We had never been here before, but we were looking forward to taking care of some housekeeping items (laundry, tanks, etc.) with the full hookups. We were surprised that it was only $30/night with our AAA discount.  Granted, it is only a huge parking lot with spaces painted in, but there are good, clean amenities, including access to the VERY nice hotel pool and hot tub.
Naturally, we spent the evening playing games in the hotel, and had an awesome time. We had chosen one of the smaller back-in sites with a max rig size of only 30 feet.  We always work to be considerate and not take a "big rig" site if we can use a smaller one. The park was only about half full though, so really we could have taken any.  One thing that we did NOT like about the spot we chose; it backed up to the access road to the hotel, and obviously some people like to use it as a drag strip late at night! Just couldn't have anticipated that.
Today we are headed for some serious boondocking in the desert, and we are really looking forward to it. On the way south on I-395 we stopped in Carson City to get a few items and we bought two new bikes! We have been wanting bikes for a long time and I had bought a bike rack before we left for just such an event! We have been travelling thus far with an empty bike rack, but NO MORE! We got two Schwinn bikes and a few accessories and hopefully we can zip around the area we boondock in and see some good sights!

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