Camping Trip #3 – Camping at LOTS
Saturday January 17, 2015 – Oregon House, California
We are back at Thousand Trails Lake of the Springs (LOTS) for our third camping trip in the Journey.
We found a campsite that overlooked the fog and low clouds of the Sacramento valley.
Originally we had planned to leave Friday mid-morning after Christine finished with her teleconference. Then first I had to work all day Friday and then Christine ended up having another teleconference Saturday morning. So I picked up the Journey from storage early Saturday morning and got it packed while the other half worked. It is an easy 90 minute trip and we broke out of the clouds mid-way to Oregon House.
We selected “I” section because it’s the easiest section to get into and out of for a 40′ motorhome, plus it is a bit more remote than the sections that are closer to the little lake on the preserve. There were only a half-dozen campers in “I” section at the top of the hill.
We first tried the same site we used last time, but it was uneven and our front tires were way up in the air, so we decided to try another spot. We backed into a 2nd spot overlooking a little ravine towards the east, but we didn’t have enough room. So we pulled into a 3rd spot and it was pretty good, but when we leveled the Journey our back wheels were off the ground. So back out, turn around and back into the spot. Finally! Sound like the Three Bears? Christine is becoming an expert guiding my parking! Well, anyways – home at last.
Once we got set up the dogs wanted to explore and stretch their legs after that long hour and a half trip! We took them out to explore the preserve. It surprised us how empty the campground is. This is a holiday weekend and even though it’s January we expected more weekend campers wanting to escape the clouds and fog in the valley below.
There are some nice trails throughout the campground. Some of the areas are closed off – “hibernating” for the winter. It is quiet and peaceful and before long we started relaxing and forgetting about work.
Before getting the slides out I wanted to finish the product videos that I had started some time ago. We purchased the Hughes Autoformer Power regulator and I had done an unboxing video. Before posting I wanted to include how it gets set up, so out with the camera. The video and finished product review are posted here.
Then we pushed the slides out, brought out the dog beds and our books and we all stretched out to read and snooze.
For dinner we made some quick pizzas using our new microwave convection oven. I put together some home-made pizza sauce and we added some sliced mushrooms, olives and sweet peppers with a few onion slices.
Great way to finish off the day!
Sunday, January 18th 2015 – Oregon House, California
The dogs got us up at the usual 5:30, and I took them out to look at the stars. It was fantastic – a low moon at the horizon and thousands of stars at Thousand Trails. Christine stayed in the Journey to catch a few more Zs.
We took the dogs for another walk through a hibernating area and spotted a family of deer foraging.
The manzanita are just starting to poke out new leaves, and the bark is all smooth. In the summer the outer bark splits and looks like red paper wrapping the bush.
Here’s a shot of a Manzanita branch with the red wood circling an old branch cut.
If you look, there is lots of color – sometimes in unexpected places. I liked the cooler color of the lichen with the moss.
A few manzanita are blooming too! Great to see some real color in January.
And some new Manzanita bark – just starting to peel.
Then, back to the Journey for a breakfast smoothie, and more reading and complete veg-out.
In the afternoon I took out the RV QuickShades and finished the product review for the new shades we bought, and posted that product review here. One thing that surprised us was how transparent the shades were at night:
Because it was very cool we couldn’t test how much heat the RV QuickShades kept out of the coach – we will revisit that in an add-on review later.
Another dog walk taking us by the lake at Lake of the Springs –
You can see what a nice day it was.
Monday, January 19th, 2015 – Oregon House, California
Last day at the campsite. More reading and walks. We were sad to have to take the Journey back to the barn. We can’t wait until we are full-timing!