April 27 – May 1, 2017
Winter semi-retirement is over and I’ve made the move to the North Rim of Grand Canyon for my 10th summer as a Park Ranger at Grand Canyon National Park.
A neighbor helped get the camper off the truck on Wednesday and he will be doing some work on it until I can pick it up in about a month. He also helped me load the 5th-wheel hitch along with the small freezer and the spare tire.
Couldn’t pull in until April 29th so my original plan was to leave Kirkland the 28th and drive to Flagstaff then on the next day to the North Rim. Yet there were concerns if the government shut down I couldn’t enter the park. I was packed and ready to roll but Friday the wind gusts were predicted up to 50 mph so I waited until Saturday with less wind.
Stayed overnight at my usual Flagstaff KOA but at $45/night with discount because of not using their sewer I won’t be staying there again. Too bad because it’s nice park with lots of big pines. In fact maybe too many pines as I almost clipped one with the 5th wheel. Went to dinner with a friend at the Taverna Greek Grill and had the best Greek food since living in the Chicago area many decades ago. Saganaki appetizer complete with flame and a big “Ompah” from other dinners, Souvlaki for main course (photo on link), and Baklava for desert. Of course more than I could eat so had leftovers for two more nights.
Sunday rolled into the North Rim about 1pm. I asked Dave our head of maintenance to spot me backing into my site and instead he did it for me. No complaint as I’m not good at backing the 36 foot monster. Getting level was another issue, side to side being not too bad but front to back was way off. I dropped the front jacks, raised it a bit to get off the truck, then couldn’t lower enough to get even close to level or raise enough to get re-hitched to the truck. Honestly, I didn’t know what to do. Good thing I carry around two one-ton bottle jacks and had help. Finally got it leveled, put out the slides, and unpacked enough to be comfortable for the night.
Monday back to work. A new schedule to get used to getting up in the morning. After work I put the booster up and was amazed with myself when the first throw of a small hunk of wood tied to rope went over the tree branch I aimed for. Wasn’t perfect and still needed a ladder the next day to bungee the booster to the tree. But when I plugged it in I had 4G and four bars. Happy camper. However the signal is still intermittent.
Worked on this post that night for a couple of hours then all open software started to act up giving me the “no response” message. So I shut it down for a re-boost and got the black screen of death. NOOOOOOO……. Thank goodness I have a laptop for backup. However the posts were not accessible along with all of April’s photos I hadn’t yet saved to external drives. I will take the PC to the Old Geezer in Kanab one of these weekends and see if it’s really dead.
Yet even with all the trials and tribulations, it feels really good to be back at the North Rim. Although I haven’t spent much time on the rim to take photos. Soon.