We’ve hopped our way from Lake Tahoe to Redding, CA to Bend, OR to Castle Rock, WA and now we are running around like crazy people in Seattle getting ready for our border crossing into Canada on FRIDAY!
We didn’t do a lot of picture taking after Lake Tahoe so I’ll stick with the stories from there.
Of course, we had a wonderfully dramatic entrance (which we always try to avoid) into the Zephyr Cove RV Park. Not only were we running on fumes (a little miscalculation and no gas stations for our wide load in sight) but our dash board was screaming about water in the fuel tank. Awesome. When we finally got to the intersection into the park, the GPS said left but the signs on the street said right. This instantly brought me back to our hideous experience in Panama City, FL. I thankfully spoke up and fortunately when the light turned green there was nobody in sight so we made the right turn anyway (ahem from the left lane). We thought it was best not to enter into a parking area that wasn’t going to accommodate big ole Thelma.
Once in the park, my mom checked in and got us our site number. As we wound our way through the park we determined we were not going to make the extremely tight turn into our spot. Long story short, we got reassigned a new spot and pulled right in. As always, we had some chatting from the peanut gallery (other campers) and I sent a half friendly wave their way while my mom’s hair was on fire over the gas situation. I suggested my mom and Phoebe head over to a gas station and I’d set up camp. I actually finished before they came back so I gave myself a nice pat on the back.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Lake Tahoe. Our favorite place by far was the small trek to a loud, roaring waterfall that we got to literally stand on top of. I don’t think I had my zoom lens on that day so all of the pictures depict pretty much exactly where we were standing at that moment. It was incredibly peaceful and wild to be at the very beginning point of the waterfall. Most times you are looking at or up at waterfalls so being at this vantage point was unreal.
We did get Louise in for a check at the dealer and they ended up finding the issue (after two trips). For the first trip though, we were able to rent a fun, little red jeep for part of the day and do some exploring in that. We were however, relieved when we finally got our truck back. That jeep was way too teeny tiny for us.
We ended our time at Lake Tahoe with a little drama just to make things balanced. Upon leaving, we couldn’t get out of our pull thru spot. We tried and tried but there were too many trees to make the turn. A woman ended up helping us back out of our spot and guide us onto the road but not before one of our mirrors on the truck got crunched by a tree. Oops. Luckily it was one of the small mirrors so we are able to drive safely regardless. No trees were hurt in the process. We drove to the pesky stop light where we had to correct our wrong lane choice earlier in the trip and as our light turned green, we heard a honk from another car on the road. My mom had fortunately only moved a few feet because suddenly a truck came flying down the hill and blew through their red light. We clutched our chests and thanked our lucky stars that we missed getting into a horrendous accident. Thank you to the person who honked!
And now, in a little over 24 hours, we will be on our way to Vancouver, Canada. The humans have their new passports (with cringeworthy pictures) and the canine has her “passport” paperwork and a bright and shiny rabies tag. With a few last minute errands, I think we are ready for our road trip to ALASKA!