Alaska Trip Day 7 & 8: Houston We Have a Problem and a Landslide… 04/21- 04/22/17

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So we stayed at the #SacrementoRiverRVResort… It took me a while to get to working on #TheMillenniumFalcon… I was just so exhausted and confused by our new predicament… The reason we stayed at the #RVPark was so we could plug in and get full electricity while I tried to tackle this annoying problem…

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We took some time to sit by the pool and then played some Frisbee golf, which they had on site… The grounds were very flooded and half of the course was unusable…

I tried to find the problem on #TheFalcon but couldn’t figure it out… So, tomorrow we planned to hit #AutoZone and buy a new #MarineBattery to see if that’s the problem… But the battery acting in this way makes no sense… I knew it was a fuse because all of the symptoms and the cause indicates a fuse… But when you are at a loss, you have to try everything… Even if it doesn’t make sense…

So, the next day we hit Auto Zone… I spent 6 hours there! And I still couldn’t find the friggin problem… Now I had purchased a new, nonrefundable battery which was a complete waste of money… And the problem wasn’t any closer to being solved…

At this point, I was irate… I was so frustrated with everything! I will assure you this, #TheTravelingMac took a few minutes to take that piece of crap kettle outside and kick the living crap out of it… Tracey of course thought this was completely nuts but I had to take my frustration out on something and what’s better than the cheap piece of garbage that caused this whole impossible dilemma in the first place…

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We had no more time to spend on this single problem, so we hit the road… We decided to just run the #generator when we needed lights and electricity… We would just have to live in the dark most of the time because running the generator all of the time costs us a lot of gas… Also its really noisy and not fair to any other people camping near us…

But anyone who knows The Traveling Mac and Dan’s obsessive side, knows I couldn’t let this go… We had to get gas, so while the pump was working and Tracey was inside looking for snacks, I took one more shot under the hood… And wouldn’t you fucking know it! I run my hand along the fuse box and follow a wire to another three little tiny boxes, I wouldn’t have seen if I didn’t feel my way around… These boxes were hidden up in the far top, right hand corner of the engine compartment… I had to stick my head all the way under the hood and stretch upwards to see these damn things… Then I felt this tiniest of buttons sticking out the side of one of these boxes… Strange thing is, the other two boxes didn’t have this same button sticking out… So what did I do, I pushed it in…

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And wouldn’t you know it, the lights and electricity came back on in The Millennium Falcon… I couldn’t believe it… I almost cried folks because I had never felt relief like this yet at the same time, feeling extremely annoyed that these tiny boxes were hidden…  Its a horrible thing to do to any person who owns a vehicle… I would love to grab the engineer who decided to put these boxes there and give him a nice hard slap in the face… By no means am I an expert mechanic but I know my way around an engine… And shit like this pisses me off because its just pure laziness… At least put a sticker on the fuse box pointing to these tiny boxes so the operator knows they exist… What’s the fucking use of breaker boxes if they are hidden? They are supposed to be there for the operator to find easily so he can fix the problem quickly and take the necessary steps so it doesn’t happen again…

I immediately ran into the gas station store and told Tracey… She was so relieved also… We thought this trip was going to be a nightmare of guessing and trying to fix an unexplainable situation…

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Now, here’s a question that is riddling me after this whole occurrence… What made me go under that hood at the Gas Station? And why was it then that I found these breaker boxes?

I truly believe I am getting a huge lesson in patience and the #Universe is trying to teach me something here… These occurrences seem to take me all the way to the breaking point and when I think I just can’t take anymore, the problem is found and solved… Thank god I have the most patient girlfriend in the world… She teaches me daily how to just calm down and reassess everything instead of flipping out… It’s definitely a lesson I have to relearn over and over again but I see why it keeps on popping up… Life and its lessons are such a mystery folks… It’s just so funny how these perfect storms have such a huge lesson at the end… I couldn’t write a better scenario to teach someone patience…

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So, Tracey and I were back on the road… We were cutting across west to make it back to route 101, after the landslide of course… The cop had directed us back down route 101, then we crossed east and went north to #Redding,CA… Then we tracked back East, completely avoiding the huge landslide that has shut down the road there…

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While we were heading back over we did hit some major road construction, which was obviously caused by a huge #landslide also… The devastation was remarkable… They were obviously trying to rebuild the ledge so they could recreate the road… What a huge project… And this is supposed to be nothing when compared to the devastation on #Route101…

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We were happy to know that we would still get to see part of the #The RedwoodsNationalForests… We were hoping to enjoy a nice lunch there while viewing some of the largest, tallest trees on the planet…

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We would unfortunately skip over #Homboldt,CA because backtracking down there was no longer an option… We just wanted to get past this #RoadConstruction and stay at a rest stop near the #RedWoods… We were hoping to start fresh in the morning and put these past few days of utter aggravation behind us…

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I was so thankful that we fixed the problem… If I didn’t find that #TrippedBreaker, I would have had to go to a mechanic… It would have been extremely aggravating and humiliating to have a mechanic just push a button under the hood to fix the problem… I am so thankful I found the solution even if it took two days…

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Life is full of let downs, obstacles and tragedies… It’s how you deal with the bad times, not what the bad times do to you… Because no matter how organized and perfect you are, there is always going to be something going wrong… Some small problems and some really big…

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I am slowly learning that its my reactions to these problems that create the misery, not the problem itself.. It’s easy to be defeated and punch at the problems in your life but it doesn’t do yourself or anyone who is in your life any good… Shit is going to happen folks! It’s how you deal with that shit that creates your peace or turmoil…

Its a very hard lesson for me to learn and probably one of my biggest afflictions in my life… But hey, no one is perfect… and instead of trying to be perfect, we should be getting ready for the good and bad times… Because they come and go… It’s life… Stop fighting it and just live it… That’s what its there for…

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