Thursday, October 22
Our last night at Baker Dam we’re in a different campsite.
My plan was to hit the road on Thursday and move to a new location. Here’s the story why Thursday didn’t happen according to plan.
Bridget and Reggie look at me with faces that say, “What’s with the big announcement? Duh. We know it’s moving day.”
I open the door of the Best Little Trailer and the two of them run out to stand next to the passenger side of the Perfect Tow Vehicle. Tails wag in anticipation of being tossed inside.
“You two must have hidden sensors. I haven’t even packed up yet and you know today is the day we break camp.”
I put the doggie beds, pallet, water dish, and the crew inside the PTV.
I set about breaking camp . . . Pulling stakes, rolling up the blue mats, wrapping each one with a bungee. Folding up the lounger and setting it inside the door behind the driver’s seat.
Securing the interior . . . locking windows and cabinets, closing ceiling vents, putting away loose items, placing the storage drawers on the floor, and so on.
Next I hitch up.
I unlock the BLT’s coupler and crank it higher than the hitch ball on the PTV. It’s an easy hitch this time, only three back-ups! I crank the coupler down onto the hitch ball, push down the lever to secure it, and attach the lock using its key.
Next I hook up the chains, the solar cord (charge to the house battery), the power cord (power to the tail lights and trailer brakes), and the emergency break-away cable. I attach the anti-sway bar. Lastly, I crank up the jack and put the cone in the back of the PTV, along with the wheel chocks.
I pull the PTV forward and get out to give the campsite one last look.
“All right, punkins. We’re headin’ out!”
At Route 18 I make a right turn to go north. A few miles up the road is the turn for Pine Valley. When we explored this area I noticed a free dump station between the towns of Central and Pine Valley.
My plan is to dump tanks and then travel to our next camp.
However, all morning I’m struggling for the energy to break camp and to take care of the tanks. I am really dragging! I know what this means, having dealt with bouts of low energy all my life. If I don’t push myself, just take it easy, stay hydrated and rest, my energy returns.
Well, I can’t drive us to a new camp. The best thing to do is spend another night at Baker Dam.
Soon we’re at the campground again.
The place is empty except for one camper. We’ll choose a different site just for the heck of it. (That’s the site in the first photo of this post.)
I put out a minimum of stuff because I’m optimistic that tomorrow we will move on.
I don’t bother to let down the rear jacks or to chock the wheels. I keep the BLT hitched, of course.
By late afternoon I’m feeling much better. I walk Bridget and Reggie around the campground loop. When we come upon our former campsite, a funny thing happens.
Bridget sits down in it and doesn’t want to leave!
“Bridgie, honey . . . . What are you doing? We don’t live here anymore, sweetie . . . .”
What is she thinking? Being nostalgic maybe? Needing a Zen moment? Maybe she thinks were supposed to be in that site. That I made a mistake. After all these years I still cannot figure that dog out.
Bridget takes a moment longer and then she trots over to Reggie and me.
Together we return to our new campsite.
Friday, October 23
“This time we really are leaving! In you go!”
I toss the crew into the Perfect Tow Vehicle and we head south. Unlike yesterday, it’s a sunny day, a good day to be on the road.
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