OK, first things first...the fridge still doesn't work. After last weekend, we did some more internet research and went out to the site on Wednesday to try the potential fixes (and get devoured by mosquitoes). When we left on Wednesday the E0 error code had changed to E1 so we had hope that maybe the fridge would work off of power and start cooling. It didn't. We arrived on Friday evening to E0 again.
Fortunately, we anticipated this and we brought out a bar fridge from James' office. Voila! Bar fridge in shed.
So, we still have to deal with the fridge but at least we have something in the meantime.
Seba Beach was very quiet this weekend - especially the market Saturday morning. The kettle corn guy wasn't even there. That's weird! We made a few purchases and wandered downstairs to the thrift store. There are always interesting/creepy things to look at - not buy!
Walking back to Shadybrook we decided to stop in at the library. This is what we learned on our first visit to the Seba Beach Library:
- they have free wifi
- they have two computers (with teenagers attached playing video games)
- memberships are free
- they have lots of DVDs
- their tracking systems are a tad loose
I walked out of there with a set of DVDs by just writing my name on a piece of paper.
We headed back to the campsite and picked up the Tails for our first hike of the season at Pembina River. There were lots of people floating on the river and having picnics.
Saturday night Val brought over dessert and a card table (complete with Saskatchewan Roughrider Pil "tablecloth") to play a card game she has been telling us about. It's a rummy type game called Sticks. It was a lot of fun and with the summer solstice a week away, we have 17 hours of daylight. That means lots of daylight for card playing!
We also enjoyed the drink of the week, a light refreshing summer drink - Strawberry Rhubarb Rose Sangria. The review is here.
Sunday was Father's Day. My dad loves the outdoors and most of our family vacations growing up involved camping. James' family had a boat on Lake Ontario so his "camping" was on the water. Thank you to our dads for all memories of fun times outside
To celebrate Father's Day, we headed over to Kokanee Springs (the campsite beside Shadybrook) for brunch.
The squirrels at Shadybrook continue to taunt Phin and Westley. Don't underestimate the Tails...they are creating an underground movement to defeat the squirrel. The Squirrel Squad.
Another weekend seized!
We finally received some much needed rain on Friday. This is awesome for Mother Earth, not so great for camping. We decided to stay home Friday night and headed out to Seba Beach on Saturday morning. It was really quiet at Shadybrook.
We arrived to the site around 11:30 am and intended on heading over to the Farmer's Market but wait...what is this? Why is there a puddle of water on the floor of Charlotte? Why is the fridge flashing E0?
I opened the fridge - water. I opened the freezer - everything had melted and the water was dripping down the fridge.
NOOOOOOOO! We were just saying this week how great everything works in the trailer. Jinxed it.
I'm sure I have mentioned/complained about the poor internet coverage at Shadybrook. It's horrible. We have to go across the road to Seba Beach to get any service. So we did just that (and did a quick tour around the Farmer's Market.)
Once we had internet service, we did a search of what an E0 code on your fridge means (on RV forums) and potential fixes. First of all, RV people seem to speak some other language. Here is one response in an RV forum A Refer E0 code is "No communication between display and power modules." per the manual. Have you checked connections at the 'eyebrow' board and the main board?
Umm..what?!? Refer? Eyebrow Board?
Anyhow, usually we like to fix things by turning them off and then turning them back on. It usually works. Not this time. James was jiggling wires, cleaning dusty fuses and disconnecting/reconnecting power and propane. Still E0.
Luckily we had lots of ice in the cooler and it's not very hot out so we kept all the food in the cooler.
After all this, we needed a drink. The drink of the week was recommended by a friend. The cucumber basil vodka gimlet is very tasty! The recipe is here.
Sometime late afternoon, we decided to try turning the fridge off and on again and the error message disappeared and the fridge started cooling. Yes! We do know how to fix things.
The weather was a mixed bag - glorious blue skies would suddenly change to dark grey and then wind and rain. This happened the entire time we were out at Seba.
Fortunately we are still enamoured with our TV and DVD player so we finished watching season one of Game of Thrones.
While cleaning up after breakfast I noticed water leaking under the sink. Noooo! Jinx #2. This one seemed to just be a loose pipe which I tightened and it should be ok now. Fingers crossed.
We were exhausted after doing nothing Sunday morning so we needed a nap. I was half asleep when I heard the wind pick up and then hail. HAIL! Hail is enemy #1 for Airstream owners. High wind is enemy #2 if your Zip Dee awning is up. It was. We bolted outside and quickly got the awning down. Fortunately the hail was small so no damage to the trailer. Whew.
Oh, and Sunday morning we woke to this...
Now that we are back at home with internet we doing more research on how to fix the fridge. Or we will be bringing it in to be repaired.
Spring in Alberta has unfortunately become synonymous with massive forest fires. There was (and still is as of writing this) a huge fire burning in Northern Alberta around High Level. High Level is almost 800 km from Edmonton but the winds carried the smoke south and it was horrible.
The photo below was taken by our house on the worst day of the smokey air (May 30). The air quality was rated 72 on a scale of 1-10. The scale only goes to 10 because 10+ means the air quality is very poor and there is a high respiratory risk to being outside. We were on par with the air quality in Beijing. Not something to strive for.
Given the air quality, we weren't sure that we would make it out to see Charlotte on the weekend. Friday night the air was still quite smokey and Saturday morning it was questionable (a 6/10). This is a photo on our Saturday morning walk through the ravine by our house.
We had been gathering some supplies to take out so we decided to head out and if the air was bad we would come back home. That's the beauty of having the trailer set up less than an hour from home.
Turns out it was blue sky in Seba Beach...and no fire ban. Just an "advisory" - whatever that means. Most of the province has a fire ban.
The smoke wasn't bad at Seba but there was a lot of poplar fluff.
We had a relaxing time - we did a bit of organizing, visiting, eating by the fire and reading.
The drink of the week was a Licor 43 Screwdriver. The Licor 43 is a gift from a very kind friend who tried the drink in Spain. The review and recipe are here. I'm excited to try additional recipes with Licor 43.
While we did some decorating inside, Charlotte was busy on the outside. She loves her cobweb decor.
Ned and Fred prefer when I take their photo at night so you can't see that they are going white. We also have little lights in the wood pile to help them with their guard duties. James did a bit of crazy glue surgery on Ned (or Fred's) leg.
It was another quiet day on the lake...
it might be because of all the rules. Just sayin'.
Mellissa & James live in Edmonton, Alberta and enjoy exploring. We are RV newbies and will share what we learn as we journey in to the world of Airstreaming.