Not my best effort. About ten steps into the planned “We’re doing all the trails north of the river!” hike, I knew I didn’t have it in me after all.
I tried everything I knew to try. I drank more water, I ate my trail mix, I rested, I slowed my pace. I even tried to pep-talk myself out of it. “Come on, Emily. On this day 21 years ago, you gave birth to your first baby after 36 hours of labor. Now that was an endurance test. This is nothing. Wimp.”
Nope. Butt dragged the entire time. I’m blaming the fact that we haven’t hiked in Texas sun and heat like this (86 degrees today, and not a cloud in the sky) for several months, and haven’t hiked at all in weeks.
But I got pictures of a bird carcass and a cute little frog, and it turns out that if you hike for an hour, you get to a part of the river where there are no other humans. Worth it.
The problem, in the simplest possible terms — the only ones I understand, really — is that the RV battery wouldn’t hold a charge. It would charge up while we were driving, as it’s supposed to, but then drop dead after we lowered the stabilizers and/or extended the slides. This becomes a big problem when dry camping or otherwise not being hooked up to a power source.
Tim (and a host of online RV enthusiasts who have been there and done that) to the troubleshooting rescue!
The culprit seems to have been the control switch for the front landing gear. It was drinking more battery juice than it should have been. My understanding, anyway.
Saturday, January 30:
Today, we humans took full advantage of sunny skies and breezy uh… breezes, here at Guadalupe River State Park. Unfortunately, Lola’s leg injury (tore her ACL in December) now keeps her from exploring with us. We miss that. A lot. And we know she does too.
Tomorrow we plan to hit some of the longer trails in the back country section of the park. Stay tuned for a real hike, boots and all!