We learned a couple of valuable lessons on this short trip. This was the coldest season we ever attempted camping. One lesson learned was that you go through a lot of propane when the heater is going all day and all night. I didn’t think to check the propane tanks until this afternoon when I discovered that one tank was very empty. Not knowing when the first tank became empty, I was not too sure how much was left in the second tank. So it was off to find a propane refill source. Fortunately, an internet search found an RV Resort about 5 miles away with propane. A phone call confirmed they were open for business and off I went. The internet is a wonderful thing. The other big lesson was mentioned in my previous blog; the value of checking where your slide-out is going to go, and doing this before you unhitch.
Overall, not a bad trip. The wind was pretty bad and the 6 ton camper shook a little. The dogs took a while to adapt, but they seem to be getting used to the different environment. This trip was probably better than expected since an electrical hookup was available; so we have the luxury of TV and fully charged batteries in laptops and cell phones without turning on the generator.
We are going to go boondocking next week for 2 nights about 5 miles from here in a Forest Service site, Kelly Island Campground. The price is right, $5 per night with our Golden Age passports (the joys of old age), but the sites are primitive. It is right on the Snake River, so I hope to go fishing again (we will see if I do any catching). The 10 day forecast shows 60 degree temps next Tues and Wed. This will be our last good opportunity before we head out on a thousand mile journey to north central Idaho on May 15th.