|Wow! What an experience this has been so far! And we've barely made it out of California! Ok, so we officially left for our trip the evening of Jan 7th; we headed to the San Dimas area for the night. For Christmas I got David 20 laps in a NASCAR at the Toyota Speedway in Irwindale!! YEA! Super fun! And he had a blast! Merry Christmas David! We headed back to our RV to pack up and head to NV. We were having a hard time getting the rig hitched; we tried over and over....ugh! So D pulls the truck up once more and wham! A big metal plate that is attached to the hitch falls to the ground!! Holy Crap!! This cannot be good! Now, this metal plate is CRUCIAL to our hitch which we found out the VERY first day we got our RV and tried to drive out of the dealer. Basically they didn't attach the plate, which of course WE don't know about, and when we hitched up and pulled out of the driveway, it wasn't really hitched and the hitch slid down and crushed the tailgate of the truck!! So we pulled out one driveway and pulled into the other...SO now flash forward a few weeks and now this same plate is on the ground and I'm trying not to freak out. David was able to get it back on and attached, but I'm still stressing out a bit cause this is a HUGE deal. Ahhhhh!!! Finally after and hour or so, we finally get hitched up and off we go!! Awesome drive threw the desert with the giant full moon coming up over the mountains! So beautiful! We were on our way to Front Sight, for a 2 day handgun training course in Parumph NV. We are in the middle of nowhere basically. David had been there back in October and tells me they have a place for RV's but it's just a big dirt lot. We pull into the lot about 7:30, one tent, another 5th wheel way over on the other side of the lot and a van. Of course. Thankfully the lot was pretty level, so that saved alot of time, cause it's already getting cold and it can be a very time consuming task! We unhitch and David get's started getting the outside stuff done and I head inside and open'er up! Now without anything to plug into, we have no electricity, but David was working on getting the generator running. Oh yeah, and it was the first time. here in the middle of the dark (thank god for the full moon), cold, desert and now is the time to start reading the directions with a flashlight? Yikes. But eventually, after I told him he probably needed to put oil in the generator before it's gonna start, he got it started successfully! WHOOHOO! HEAT! LIGHTS! WATER! Yea David! I made a red curry chicken and eggplant dish that was yummy, cleaned up and put a movie on. Of course I fell asleep and woke up to David coaxing me to bed. Um,it's cold. Really cold. What happened to the heat? We crawl into a way too cold bed even with the flannel sheets! BURRRR! We kept the bedroom door open and let the animals sleep with us. We all cuddled together and finally fell asleep. The alarm went off at 6:15a. I swear you could see your breath in the bedroom, but David says it was just my glasses fogging up. humm. This sucks. It's so cold! I'm a whip and I admit it! but it really was; 25 degrees is not something I'm used to anymore! It hurt to pee! And even Tucker was shivering!! We finally got up, but we had no battery power and empty propane tanks. Which means no heat, no lights, no water, NO COFFEE!! Nice. Already it's too early, I'm freezing, and now I really don't care about shooting anything! Just wanna go back to bed! I stopped being a brat and got up, got dressed and David comes back in and tells me we DO have propane, it was just a bad connection! yea!! We head to the training for the morning session. Came back at lunch and plugged the truck into the RV to get the fridge running for at least an hour, otherwise we are going to have alot of food to eat!! We head back to training until 6p. It's been a LONG day! After getting back I head inside, still no battery charge? What? This doesn't make sense! So I sit with the lantern while David get's the generator started. I wait. And wait. I can hear him out there...trying and trying, but the damn thing won't even catch! He comes in frozen and tired. He tried everything but kept trying here and there over the next few hours. In the mean time, David started up the truck and plugged us in again so I could at least make dinner and get some kind of heat going for a little while. Unfortunately, we can't let the truck run all night. Now we are figuring that we can't stay for the second day of training either! With no battery the fridge was already thawing some, plus training doesn't end til 6. We either had to pack up and leave now so we can find a place to stay tonight, but would have had to get the RV and generator fixed first thing anyways! Needless to say, we left our training early and headed to Las Vegas.