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Reno to Cali

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Travel dates: Nov 8-18

Staying outside of Reno was an intentional short trip. By this point I had run into more issues finding campgrounds and nights were getting pretty cold. Even with my electric blanket and space heater, I was waking up freezing and dealing with the ever present problem of condensation. Even frozen condensation for a couple of days. Milo was also feeling the cold as I would find him buried underneath blankets every morning and unwilling to get up and go outside. One day he stayed in bed until almost 9 before I forced him to go out.
The drive afforded a few more beautiful scenery.

While in Reno, I decided to try and make the most of it. Walking downtown in the frozen city one day.
Had to see the sign...from the safety of inside my car.

I hadn't forgotten about getting ice cream when I can and when I feel that the place is safe.

And then heading off to Lake Tahoe after work on the second day.
The camera doesn't really do it justice.

Milo classically refusing to look at the camera.


I did manage to wander around a little in the downtown shopping area. There were not many folks out (probably more due to the weather than actually staying home orders) so didn't feel to stressed. Driving around the lake was pretty magical.

I also went to 3 different RV shops in pursuit of a new L linchpin for the sway bars. One is slightly bent ..I'm assuming all the salt kept it from moving as it should. Even with a thorough cleaning, it still didn't move. I did what they tell you not to...I used WD40. I couldn't push or pull the bar to remove it and despite all advice, I need to be able to attach and move the bars by myself. No luck on the linchpin and I was told that even with the slight bend it should be fine. And so far that has held true.

On Veteran's day, I took off to head farther west. Made a quick stop to visit the Donner Party. I'm sad to say that I didn't know the true history of the Donner party other than they ate each other to survive. Truth is there was close to 22 feet of snow, which trapped them, thus leading to cannibalism. The statue is the height of the snow from that storm. I don't like a few inches of snow, so can not even imagine that much snow.

Crossing into California, I got stopped by the agriculture stop. I had been told they wouldn't stop white people...truth is...they don't stop folks with California plates. I got stopped with my Maryland plates. And was very honest...remember those apples I picked in Wisconsin? Yeah, still had 2 with me. I had been savoring them. They were confiscated and I was told to not admit that I hand picked the produce next time. I also got my daily dose of sexism...I was asked if I was a traveling nurse because "I looked the part." Female in car, with a camper and a dog...I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that traveling nurses don't camp that much. Maybe I'm wrong.

Onward--arrived at my aunt's house in the Bay area and was happy to be inside and warm for a week. We spend our evening driving through Napa and my days working. Even ventured out for a little light hiking. Milo is always happy to get out and explore.

It was nice to take a break before hitting the road again.

Hope you've enjoyed the view!

Posted by Oceansview 20:07

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