As we drove down the long driveway, we couldn’t help but notice the huge solar array that greeted us at our Boondocker’s Welcome host in Riga NY, a Rochester suburb. We backed into a gravel pad next to the house and set up, but we arrived just a little early. The host had been motivated by our arrival to install a planned 50Amp outlet, and given the forecasted 90 degree temperatures, it would be welcome. There were just a couple of glitches.
Arriving shortly after noon, Val had not completed the final step of the install. We also had not parked quite close enough to the outlet to reach from the RV with our 50Amp cord alone. No problem. Or so we thought. We just had to use an adaptor and our 30Amp cord. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the right adaptor. We needed a male 50 to female 30amp plug. We had a female to male 50-30 adaptor. So, we made a run to Walmart to pick up the missing part, and we were back in cool air. Our hosts were busy folks with work and family, but we got to talk a few times over our stay. We learned more about the solar array that produces more power than they can use, and got to sample some fresh zucchini and basil from the garden.
Last year, we began taking “inventory” of campsites at campgrounds that we frequent in order to remind ourselves of the better campsites. Unfortunately, we didn’t do this at Hamlin Beach last year. That proved to be a very poor decision. So, we made this year's choice based on availability and the best look that a satellite picture would provide. As we approached our site – D147 for those who care -- the obstacles were many. There were trees situated just on either side of the opening. The road was narrow and there was little “shoulder” of open space on either side of our approach on the road. We tried several different approaches and each would get us wedged in uncomfortably close to some obstacle. To add to the stress, this was a record-setting heat day, and we were holding up traffic on the one-way campground road.
Our last update was written in the middle of some problems with the RV’s electrical system. While in Hamlin, we were able to get some mail (thanks, Carol) which included a replacement converter and a battery charger. The converter was no longer consistently charging the batteries, although ironically shortly after pulling into Hamlin, it started working again. In theory, replacing the converter was simple. Just watch the folks on Youtube. Unplug it from AC, disconnect 3 wires and then re-plug and connect the 3 new wires. It would take maybe 10 minutes. Right? Not exactly.
When we were pulling out of Hamlin Beach we found this nest lodged inside our hitch pin. We placed it carefully on top of the nearby power pedestal and told the park staff about it, but it seems a long shot that the egg will eventually hatch. But who knows?