Mid week I got the neighbors to keep an eye on Dad & Willie so I could test out the little SUV on a mountain drive. With the 1,500 mi road trip coming up I thought it might be wise to shakedown my setup beforehand. Loaded up my boots, guns, flying things, and headed out. I made good time, and was happy with all systems on the Rav4. It corners well, has the power to pass easily, and hill climbs with little effort. (Still getting used to the fact that I have a/c after many years without it in the ol Explorer.)
|High Sierra meadow|
Got up to the high country and flew the PJI Phantom. (a big thank you to LL for that recommendation.)
Flew it, and flew it, and flew it, til a big thunderstorm and darkness shut me down. It's a hoot to fly that thing.
Up early the next morning, coffeed up, and was on the road again. Northern California is incredibly beautiful, there is so much to see and experience.
After a stop for more coffee, a bagel, and to stroll through a garden nursery in Chester, I decided to take a little side trip into Lassen Park. Lassen is one of those under appreciated by the masses national parks, which is fine by me. I used my national parks senior lifetime pass to enter the park. The one time $10 fee for a lifetime senior pass is a bargain, and good in all national parks and many other federal places.
|You can get an idea of the height of the trees by comparing them to the woman in the bottom left corner of the pic.|
As I was driving into the park I almost got hit by a big doe that jumped off the side hill onto the road. My brakes work fine. Check.
Drove out of the park, and followed the creeks and canyons down the mountain to home.
A nice couple of days, though I do think a couple more shakedown trips will be needed before the big trip with Dad.