Wandering the World: Lake Success, California
Success was NOT found here. It was literally supposed to be a place to sleep before we headed to Sequoia National Park. We ended up getting stuck in LA rush hour traffic and it took EIGHT hours to get there. We pulled in at 10pm just as the ranger station was shutting down. We managed to find an electrical site (the last one) that was only available for the night as it was reserved for the weekend. Whew!
As Tom was pulling the camper to the site, the truck died. POOF. Like died, while driving, in the middle of the road.
It is completely possible that I screamed, "YOU HAVE GOT TO BE F'ING KIDDING ME!!!!!"
I could barely keep my cool. But since it was late and Tom was stressed and the kids were freaking out and Bob the cat had escaped from the car, I kept myself together. Tom called the ranger and sheriff over to see if they could jump the car battery that was dead. I took the kids with flashlights around the campground to find Bob.
At this point, I am sure the rangers were uninviting us to the park.
We end up finding Bob who was hiding by the ranger station. We called his name and he came running to the car. Thank you, dumb but smart cat! Tom ended up being able to pull the truck and camper only a few yards before the truck would die again. We ended up having the sheriff follow us the whole way and he would re jump the truck every time it would die. Once we were safely inside, we called it a night. We would regroup and assess in the morning.
So today Tom pulled out the alternator and took it into town. It is coming up bad. That is bad and good. Bad that it has to be done, good that it is something Tom can fix. He ended up having a hard time getting a belt back on, but with the boys help, was finally able to. We ended up leaving the campground around 3pm. Tom said we should skip Sequoia and I insisted we still go. Tom insisted we stop for gas right away, I said no, we should keep going.
One of these days, I won't be so pig headed and I will listen to him. One day...