After spending a couple of weeks power washing the decks and driveways, Craig started sanding the smaller of several railings. He has decided to only sand and stain the top rails and the floors of the decks, and hold off on deciding if all the 2x2s also will need sanding and stain.
This is the upper deck that is just outside our dining room. We took in all the furniture except for the glass table. Sun, rain, and power washing has worn off most of the stain on the floor surface. We re-stained the top rail, but will wait until we are back from our trip to rent the floor sander. Craig says he has to check the screws before he sands, and tighten any that need it. I just counted them. There are 672 screws, and this is the smallest deck! He'd better wear his knee pads.
I, on the other hand, have been planning our next trip.
We leave on Tuesday for a long haul down to Los Angles. We are going to get the little ding that we incurred on our drive on CA Highway 1 fixed, and then take the Alfa to get her oil, transmission fluid and probably coolant replaced. We have no records from the dealer on past service, so we think these things may be overdue. We will also have them check all belts and anything else they recommend.
Because of our harrowing experience on Highway 1, I bought the Big Deluxe Motor Carriers' Road Atlas as a planning tool.
I like it because it is laminated and I can mark a route or area with a dry marker and erase it when the trip is done. All truck routes are marked in orange, and other roads are marked with two thicknesses of red for thru roads, and blue for roads that are not suitable for trucks (nor presumably RVs).
I did a lot of searching on RV forums before deciding on our route to the Yosemite campground where we have a four day reservation. From the West, there are two routes. Hwy 120 looks like the easier, but according to the forums it is not. Although there is a permanent one lane bridge around a slide area where we will have to unhook the toad, Hwy. 140 is the route the tour buses take and is better for a 36' Class A. I figure that since the campground accommodates 40' rigs, it has to be possible to get there!
Other than our Yosemite reservation, I have not booked any campgrounds. I have several in mind, and they are of the "find a spot when you get there" variety. It is unlikely that they will be full, but I will bring along my Woodall's, Good Sam book, and KOA book.
I know we can stay at Alfateers for two nights, and possibly at the Freightliner service center as well, but again I have an alternate location in mind. I also plan on boondocking at the Camping World in Bakersfield on the way from LA to Mariposa, which is our stop outside of Yosemite. There is a garden I want to stop at in Fresno which is half way between Bakersfield and Mariposa.
I've used the internet to find thing to do and see in LA. A Historic House and Garden, a downtown walking tour, and a hike in a park are possibilities.
I've also found a couple of things in Mariposa including a Mining Museum and a river walk.
Tonight I am going to spend some time reading about the hiking options in Yosemite. We will not climb Half Dome, but we are up for something more than the walks around the valley floor.
I used to be wary of mentioning our travel plans on my blog. But now I figure if anyone breaks in while we are gone, perhaps they will cart off some of our stuff for us. Heaven knows it is all old and not worth much!
Has anyone ever had a break-in while you were traveling?
What resources do you use to find things to do in a new area?