Bella and I pulled into the Safari Condo parking lot this morning, ready to adopt the newest member of our little vagabond tribe. There she was, waiting in the bay, complete with a red bow and a welcome sign:
Then it was a day of learning so many new things that I think my brain grew another brain just to try and hold onto the flood of knowledge the Alto grandmaster, Denis Messier, passed along to me. Full tour of outside, then inside, every single thing had something special to remember about it. Kudos to the crew that took care of me, L-R: Daniel, Francois, and Denis. From fixing a cranky power cable to draining the tanks of antifreeze and filling them with water ready for camping, they all rocked it today and I so appreciate every thing these guys did for me.
When we left for lunch, Bella and Breeze were getting acquainted. Sort of… I looked at this and thought, Oh, crap, I will never get this sorted.
After lunch, I did some shopping for the things I hadn’t brought and needed. It’s like buying a house, really. You write the big check and then the rest, well, you just shrug and pull out the credit card. In for a penny, in for a pound.
And then, it was time to learn the hitching up and unhitching up part. I didn’t take any pictures because I was concentrating so hard on grokking the flow of what needs to be done when and why. In the end, I think I got it, but the acid test will come tomorrow when I do it all by myself (and hopefully not in the pouring rain…).
Then it was time for the first drive. That poor guy escorting me, he did not realize it was my first time EVER towing ANYTHING. So we went pretty slow at first, while I got used to the wireless rearview camera (a really slick camera mounted on the back of the trailer that acts like a rearview mirror so you see exactly what is behind and to the rear sides of you. I have the mirror extensions as well, for those who care about such things). The test road is bumpy, but Breeze’s independent suspension handled it well, and after a slow wide turn around, I headed back to the mothership. A quick snap, in the traditional “I got my Alto” pose with Denis and I was off to the KOA. Slowly, very slowly.
The rain that had mostly held off all day started spitting, and being a Seattle resident, I knew I probably didn’t have much time, so I hustled getting the trailer leveled and stabilized, power plugged in, and the load of stuff from Bella moved (ok, kinda thrown in) into the trailer. Didn’t do the water because I realized I was too far from the spigot, and had already done the leveling and stabilizer thing. Note to self: check power *and* spigot distances before settling on a spot.
And now, I am sitting in my new little home, playing some Gregg Allman on the bluetooth speaker, T-Mobile hotspot cranking out the connectivity, and thinking about making some stir fry dinner. Before I sign off for the day, here’s some “first look” pictures of the inside.
And so there is my day. 14 months in the waiting, 21 months since I first thought of being a vagabond. I’m one step closer to that dream today.