Advice from Karen, one of my blogger friends, saved our butts (or at least our toad) once again! She suggested that after hooking up, we check all lights and that one of us should stay by the toad as the other pulls forward a few feet to make sure everything is tracking properly.
As we hooked up to leave the Lava Beds area RV park, a neighbor was around and was asking us some questions about the Alfa. Of course we are proud of our rig, and let his chat distract us.
But because I was watching, disaster was averted.
We forgot to release the hand brake and the wheels were still locked! I caught it and stopped Craig from pulling forward more than a foot or two.
Remember how our mothers would tell us to pay attention to what we were doing? That still applies. Next time someone wants to chat during hook up time, we have to be polite but pay attention to our task.
We did get out of the park and on our way without damage.
We are also learning not to rely on the navigation system on the Android phone.
This time it told us "your destination is on the right" about 8 miles too early. When there was no road or promising driveway, Craig started watching addresses and got us where we wanted to go.
We are now tucked in at the Crater Lake RV Park, a private park about 15 miles from the entrance of the National Park. We drove up to the NP after getting set up, for a short preview of the week to come.
All I can say is WOW!
Yes, it really is that blue. Every minute and every view is breathtaking.
On Monday we walked down Cleetwood Creek trail to the lake and took the two hour boat tour. This trail is the only way regular people can get to the water's edge. I'm sure Rangers can rappel down other ways! The walk down wasn't bad. It was the mile long uphill climb (equivalent to 70 flights of stairs) that was a killer. So glad I've been pushing to be in better shape, because the views of the caldera from the boat were fantastic.
We are just about ready to set off for the park and find another hike.