after working a few days in LA and hanging out on the beach, i decided to check out sequoia on my way back to the bay area. i had done very little research about it and as luck would have it, most of the interesting spots in the national park was covered in snow! it didn’t really occur to me to check for snow given it was california but at 7K feet, snow comes pretty fast and early. anyway, i barely spent a half a day in the national park because i was pretty much unprepared for the crazy winding roads and snow. This was the first national park where i saw warnings in numerous places about not have a vehicle over 22 ft! Even though my RV is only 25ft, I didn’t heed the warning and drove through the bulk of the roads that I was advised not to drive! Elena handle the winding roads like a champ and after the ordeal, i had felt that i had driven even more crazy winding roads. More challenging than winding roads was trying to park the RV at the designated tourist spots. Even though it was winter season, there was still plenty of tourist checking out the national park so it was a pretty frustrating experience. by the end of the day, i decided i had to come back during a different season with a different mode of transportation. in a couple of years, i figure i can tow a two seater car or a motorcycle to check out places instead of taking Elena everywhere!
my first work assignment where i am using the RV as my base station and it’s perfect for an introvert lifestyle. i wasn’t sure how i was going to do it because the RV park was a tad far away from the the work venue but luckily services such as uber/lyft has changed the game for me. being be able to be pick up in an RV park on the beach with all my gear and just giving dropped off (without have to stress about parking and etc), made the job super easy from logistical point of view. i am guessing i may sign up for my work road trips in the future as it’s a great excuse to take the RV and then do a mini vacation afterwards. to be able to be unbounded from the office and work anywhere and not worry about renting rooms/etc is definitely freaking awesome. i love waking up next to the ocean and then going for a morning run before heading into work.
Went to another one of the thousand trail places in the sierra foothills. i wish my action camera was working correctly because i went on pretty awesome single track with the mountain bike. at the end of the day, just got a bunch of cute photos of these deers that came to our campsite for evening feedings.
As part of my RV lifestyle exploration, i purchased a membership to Thousand Trails, a private membership camp/RV company. Basically, for $500 a year, you can visit these sites as often as you like as long as you don’t stay too long in one site. Considering how difficult it has been in the past to secure campsites for popular sites, this option was great because 9 out of 10 time when i tried to book a site last minute, i was able to get something. It’s a first come first serve basis so you can basically move around if you don’t get a site you didn’t like the first night when other sites open up. So, in the past month, i got the chance to visit 3 of these places and for the most part, they’re nice. nothing too exciting in terms of location and i pretty used the site as base location and go out on excursions from there. I went to the russian river site a few weeks ago and it location sucked because it was like right under a freeway ad there was barely any water in the river! Still, i had a great time checking out Johnson’s Beach in Guerniville and the redwoods in Armstrong State park.
the inaugural RV trip took place about a week after i picked up the RV from davis. for the most part, it was more of a test drive as we made no reservations and just winged the 3 days trip. i am usually game for spontaneity and no having set plans but because RV parks range from sardine style parking to ‘luxury’ style resorts, you have to be careful where you roll into. when you’re camping, it’s a given that you’re roughing it with other campers but with the RV, the other RV’ers can be very different from you.