Monday, May 25, 2015

BRAC Trial

I went up to the mountins for an AKC trial.  I went up on Thursday and wanted to get there early so I could bark the RV in without to much trouble.  It was very windy on Thursday which makes driving an RV harder. You are constantly steering.  But I got there with no problems.  I even climbed the steep  mountin roads without difficulty.  I had to read up on driving and RV up and down steep grades and down shifting into 2nd and 1st.   You cant down shift into 2nd when you drop to 50 mph or less and you can down shift into 1st if you are going 30 mph or less.  And the engine will make a lot of noise when you down shift into 2nd. So its a good thing I read that , or it would have scared me to death. It cranks the rpm's up to 4500.
 So I made it up there and got the RV parked.  It was on a incline so I had to put blocks under the tires on the left. I also put blocks under the levelers.

The only problems with the dump tank, in the ground, was up hill. When you attach the hoses to dump the black tank, it runs by gravity. Well that doesnt work well up hill. So I had to climb under the RV and lift up the hose, then put a bucket under the hose to keep it elevated. Then come out from under the RV becasue the tire was in the way. Then crawl back under and lift the hose and move the bucket.  I did this twice because I was worried there would still be stuff in there when I disconnected the hose. There wasnt. There are these grading plantforms that you can buy to put the hoses on , I guess I need to get  one of those. 

The weather was good.  Thursday was warm but later in the day the temeprture started dropping. So now is was windy and cool. I think at night it dropped  between 43-50.  It warmed up during the day so that was nice. It was never really hot.  I was really glad I put a sweatshirt and pants in my bag. Who would of thought I would need those type of clothes when its almost June. LOL

On Saturday Miley turned 8 years old. This picture was taken on Saturday.

The werid thing that happened was Miley has become a barker in her crate. It started Satruday evening. Ususally  once I walk away from the crate or cover the crate , she stops barking. Not now. It was horrible.  I think what happend was Java got three more turns to run on Saturday then Miley did. I think she was mad.  One time when I took them out to use the bathroom, I tried to put her back in the crate.  I took her leash off and she took off up the stairs and headed down the walkway. Ack!!  She did come back when I called her but not the first call.    She wasnt as barky Sunday but she got to run  just as much as Java. I hope this isnt her new thing. 
Java acts werid at trials too.  This started last year. At first I thought she was injuired but I had her checked and rested her for 2 months. She still does it and it gets worse as the weekend progresses. I usuallly only do 2 days but this time I decided to do 3.  And USDAA regionals I think its 4 days.  Hmmmm.  What she does and starts refusing to go on walks to warm up and cool down. She just wants to from her crate to the ring and the ring to her crate.  Lots of time she will just sit down and refuse to move.  I make her move but its just weird. 

We had  a nice weekend.  Miley had 2 T2B Qs and Two master standard Q's.  We missed a double Q and at T2B Q by one dropped bar.

Java is still having teeter fly offs.  So I used FAST to work on teeters. She would still fly off the first time over and then try to stop after that.  

By Sunday, it finally worked.  She finally stopped so we could Q. LOL

She took 2nd place. A border collie beat her. I think we would have taken first if she had turned the correct way out of the tunnel. 

This jumpers course was really easy. I planned two blind crosses with both dogs. I made it with Miley but she dropped a bar. I didnt make it with Java. I should have started the first blind between 7-8 sooner.

We played ISC standard and jumpers on Saturday. 
I was very happy we got the opening.  I was really worried she would jump off the down ramp to make the turn. We are still working on this so I wouldnt be surprised if she did it but she didnt. 

But then I didnt turn my head to make sure I had my dog as she came out of the tunnel. I was more concerned to get down the line to cue the turn after the chute.  So when she came out of the tunnel, she went up the dogwalk.  Lots of dogs did this. 

Then ISC jww. This course was crazy hard.  I really didnt see the reason to make it this hard. I mean it wasnt and ISC qualifier. 

I think 3 dogs made it through clean. Even slow dogs werent getting through this. It was tighter than it looks on the map, #7-14.   Im not even posting Java's run because it was a hot mess. I think we finished the night at 8pm. 

This run was fun. It was T2b.  We didnt Q because of the teeter but I put two blinds in an was so happy I made it.  Just barely. LOL (oops this video is Miley, Ill have to fix later. )

This JWW course was lots of fun. To bad I screwed it up with both dogs. Ugh!!

I really felt like I cued the turn at #9 but when you watch the video, I didnt cue it at all. Whats up with that???  That happens to me a lot. I feel like I did something on course and I  watch the video and I didnt do it at all. I really need to work on this. 

My friend forgot to tape me with Java, so I only had Miley's run.  Java missed that turn at #9 but I rear crossed it with her. She still didnt read it. The Java  went into the wrong tunnel.  I thought I had her with me and all of a sudden she was off.

The last run was JWW. Miley Qed.  Java acted really werid. She just ran by the weaves and then missed a jump. We finally got it together in the end. Not sure what was up with that. 

(So I already lost this post once and had to rewritte the entrie thing. I hope this works). 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Not a camping type girl

On Friday I drove down to Hunting Island Beach park.  Its a really nice park that Ive been to before , but just for the day.  Now that I have an RV, I can stay at the park.  Lou was suppose to drive down with me but he had to go to Germany . So he didnt get in until 9pm and then drive down. He got there about 12MN.    I dont know how he found his way once he was in the park. Its pitch black at night. 
The drive down was stressful. My ABS light came on , on the dash board. My breaks seemed ok and I had already been on the road for 1 1/2 hours.   So I pulled off at a stop the had a Truckers garage. Of course they said they couldnt help me.  But they said a lot of times those sensors go off and as long as I dont feel any problems with the breaks, it would be ok.  Well, what do I know. So I kept going. (everything was ok). The whole way down I was thinking of the bridge I was going to have to cross. Its a narrow bridge.  There is even a sign that says, "narrow bridge".  Ive been over it before and its tight in a car, let a lone a big RV.   So I finally reach the bridge, I went really slow. I mean really slow. When I got to this part

I stopped and let the truck go by. I knew I was in my lane but I was worried about the guys mirrors.  After he went by, I could go the rest of the way freely because no one else was coming towards me.
But then I get to the park.  I drive in and every thing is good. I stop at check in and then they tell me how to get to my spot.  Ack. It was a narrow road with trees planted right next to the roads and with turns. 

And people park their cars really close the the edge of the road. Ims sure they dont realize how hard it is for the RV to drive though this, especially if there is a turn. 

So it doesnt look like much , but when you are in a big, long RV, it becomes stressful.  I finally got to my spot. I had picked a pull through, so I wouldnt have to worry about backing in. (Good thing too)

I finally was in my spot and got myself level. Put the slides out.  Then later realized that I did park in the best spot. I should have at least moved closer to the electrial hook up, and then I would have had more room by the door to put out the awning and stuff.   I was to lazy to fix it. It would have meant diconnecting everything, pulling in the slide and pulling up the levelers.   Next time I will pay more attention.

The beach was beautiful.  We missed the sun rise the first day even though we got up at 6:30am. But by the time we got to the beach it was 7am. 

The beach wasnt crowed but the park was. Every camping spot was filled.  Bikes everywhere!!!  (Java goes crazy over bikes).  Sometimes boys riding bikes, would just keep coming at us again and again, until I finally had to say something. There is 4 miles to ride on the island, you dont need to keep circling us and  riding really fast up behind us again and again. Ack!!   
Hunting island has a light house on it. 

We didnt go to the top, even though Lou thought I should. He said the pictures would be great. 

There is an area with lots of dead tress. Its very cool looking. 

(these pictures are very crip. I hope they show up on the blog that way because right now they are looking fuzzy. Im using my blogger app to write this. I dont know if that had anything to do with it).

Lots of people having camp fires all the time. I dont know how they stood it. All there stuff  must smell like smoke.  Poor Miley, hates smoke. She gets really nervous.  And  Im not a really sit by the camp fire person.    Its not really fun to me.  Bugs bitting you and  smelling like smoke, not my cup of tea. 
We tried to cook hotdogs and hamburgers.  Lou finally managed to get the fire going and we got them cooked. We probably werent patience enough. We did roast marshmellows. Those were good.  

Several times I saw people feeding deer. This one was eating off their table and they were right there.  I dont think people realized that its not a good thing to make the deer unafraid of people. 

One perfect sand dallar. I didnt pick it up. We have a lot of them. 

Love how the tide goes way out and there are lots of sand bars. 

We fell asleep early so of course we go up really early on Sunday.
 We did manage to see the sunrise  Sunday. 

Its ok to dig here, just not in my back yard. LOL

Look mom, no feet. 

The trees are where all the camp sites are.  Some are beach front.  There was one person with a 5th wheel toy hauler. The toy hauler has this big ramp that folds down. It had this lift in the middle that they made it into a bed. Then they put a screen over the ramp door. So they were laying in their bed and looking at the ocean.  I probably wouldnt do that but to each his own.  There was someone else that had a pop up trailer. They put all the flaps down, and just had the screen. When we passed them in the morning, they were sleeping and snoring big time. I was worried Java would start barking at the noise. But she didnt. LOL

We had a good time.  Next time, I wont go on a Friday or Saturday night.