|Our first view of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park|
We have put on some miles since my last post! After two rallies in Lodi, California, we finally made it out to Yosemite National Park with no rain. While in Lodi, George and Sharon Del Rosario, our newest instructor (and first female in the 21-year history of the school), gave a number of seminars at the Good Sam and WARE rallies including one "For Women Only" -- which a number of men actually chose to attend. One unfortunate rally attendee actually learned about tail swing out the hard way when making a corner while exiting the fairgrounds and damaging a parked car.
|Sharon Del Rosario, the school's first female instructor, has been RVing since 1979, including 8 years as a "solo".|
Because I learned from Dennis Hill to do my pre-trip inspection, as we prepared to leave Lodi, I noticed an oily substance on the ground beneath our engine compartment. It turned out to be coolant which was leaking from one of the hoses. Had I not noticed this, it could have meant a lot of trouble and expense later on, but we were able to get to Freightliner in Sacramento for a repair before hitting the road. They allowed us to spend the night and worked us in the following day.
|A relaxing evening at Freightliner in Sacramento, California before hitting the road ...|
We met up with Frank Piccolo and his wife, Sharon, who showed us Old Town Auburn. Frank has been a valued instructor for the school in the Bay area and Northern California for a number of years. I always enjoy hearing stories of students who begin a lesson extremely fearful and, by the end of the second day, emerge as confident and safe drivers. Frank's feedback is always outstanding, and we are so proud to have him on our team!
|Frank and Sharon Piccolo at Auburn Gold Country RV Park|
|One of our tight parking spots I managed to back into with George's help...|
Before saying good-bye to California, I achieved my goal of driving on California freeways and practicing more mountains in a non-lesson situation. As we entered Oregon, I had not planned it, but I conquered a new milestone -- driving in the rain.
|Mountain drives along California's freeways ...|
So, just having first taken command behind the wheel within the past six months or so, I am confident that I can drive the Mandalay in traffic, in the mountains or in the rain, and I can park it with assistance. It's truly hard for even me to believe! George is proud of me and can even sleep while I'm behind the wheel. I am proud of me. I no longer feel helpless to drive in an emergency. I'm not an expert. I'm not overly confident. I am practicing and improving with each and every trip!