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adamis

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Herd is a brief story of our first camping trip where we came home early... My wife and I decided to take a quick three night trip with our twin 14 month old girls for this week (teenagers had other activities). We made this decision about two weeks ago before the summer heat wave was forecasted. Living in CA, we decided to go to Yosemite, leaving on Sunday and returning on Wednesday.

First night we stayed at a Harvest Hosts location near Mariposa. When we arrived it was 105 degrees outside. The Hosts were kind enough to let us hangout in their home and our twins played with their 3 year old daughter for a while. We eventually retired back to the camper where the AC had been running to cool things down. We had a quick dinner and then worked on putting the girls to bed.

This is where things started going south on us... The twins had never been in the camper that they remembered at that point. I had rigged up a way to keep them securely in the dinette but failed to think about how easy it would be to climb up onto our bed.

At 8pm it was still 95 degrees and wasn't close to being dark yet. Exhausted we put the girls in their bed and climbed up on our bed to wait out the crying. We had to hold the curtains tight to keep them from trying to climb up on our bed. Here is when I realized I was in trouble... Looking at my wife who is a Saint, I could see the stress in her. The heat, the noise from the AC that sounded like a freight train two feet from your head and the crying of the babies did us in.

The twins eventually fell asleep thankfully but I struggled to sleep myself. The AC was so loud I couldn't put it out of my head. At 10pm it was still 90 degrees so I could turn it off. Then, at midnight, the worst thing a parent can here in the night, a crying baby... One of our twins woke up so I scrambled to grab her before she woke up the other. Midnight and the temps had finally dropped to about 80 degrees. Not being able to put up with the noise from the AC, I turned it off and ran the fans instead. My daughter stayed away for nearly two hours before finally falling asleep again.

That night I had a lot of thinking to do. As much as I wanted to continue our trip, I knew my goose was cooked. My Saint of a wife was on the edge of collapse from the stress. We had originally planned on going up to Tuolumne Meadows for the day and then stay the night at Silver Lake campground in the Eastern Side of the Sierras (forecasted to be cooler there). Our third day we were going to explore Yosemite Valley when the temps where supposed to be a "cooler" 89 degrees on the valley floor. As I contemplated plans, I realized it wasn't going to work. The combination of the girls and hear had us exhausted and burnt out barely one day into our trip.

I made the decision that the next day, we would still drive up to Yosemite for the day and enjoy what we could before heading home after just the one night. It was a blistering 95 degrees in the valley! We managed to find shady parking near the lodge and then packed up the girls and stroller to see if we could find some water for the girls to play in. Thankfully there was plenty of shade but it was still hot. We stopped, grabbed some food then spent about an hour trying to find a good place in the water for the girls. The wide was about at her limits but thankfully just before she was ready to say forget it, we found a nice place we could get the stroller to that had shade and a nice shallow area. We spent the next hour in the cool water enjoying playing with the girls and the scenery then decided it was time to head home.

We packed up, headed to the camper, got the girls changed and in their car seats then headed home. About four hours later, we where back home!

Usually I would be disappointed to end a trip early but in this case, it was the right call to make. Sometimes you have to know when your beaten and throw in the towel and this was one of those times. Thankfully Yosemite is only a few hours away. We will return some day but probably not till the girls are another year or two older.

(typed on my phone, sorry if there are typos...)

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* This post was edited 06/29/21 08:30am by adamis *


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Posted: 06/29/21 08:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Camping in the record heat we are seeing on east and west coasts is no walk in the park. While the AC can cool the camper, it is loud and makes sleeping a chore. And you need shore power or a generator to run it. You made the right choice.


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Posted: 06/29/21 09:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is no way around that AC issue. Typically Yosemite should be cool at night so AC only needed in the day.
You can do some mods to reduce the AC wind noise by maybe 4 decibels, but that is not much.

They make styrofoam baffles for one or two brands of Ac that go inside the ceiling unit and direct the airflow smoothly out the vents which reduce a lot of the noise that comes from the air gong across sharp edges.

In my camper I removed the vent directional fins on the bed side. This reduced some noise, and I really do not need to direct the air anyway.

I havent tried earplugs yet, but AC still keeps me up. If I live with it every night I would eventually get used to it, but even hearing the compressor turn on and off stimulates my brain to think about it all.

It is too loud. I wish I had the layout to allow a window unit to be installed somewhere far from bed and under something so most of the noise would be muted...

I feel your pain

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We cancelled early many, many times. Just a week ago at Flagler beach an hour away from our house we called it a day early. This is our favorite campground and aint cheap with no refund policy. But two days of the sky opening like a water falls was enough. The humidity was awful. We packed it up and went home. Only so long you can sit in a truck camper on the laptop and eat at restaurants. I applaud your decision and you'll be doing it again I'm sure.

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Posted: 06/29/21 09:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Stress + camping does not equal "fun time".

As the self anointed/appointed "family event coordinator", canceling a trip due excessive weather is not a bad thing; rather IMO, its a good thing. Memories of a bad camping trip seem to find a permanent home in a child's brain.


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Posted: 06/29/21 09:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can only imagine how hot and miserable those babies were with diapers on. Like a blanket.
We are on the Texas Gulf Coast and have temps still in the low 90's well into the night. Coupled with high humidity it can get miserable.


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Posted: 06/29/21 09:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Far better to do what you did than to continue suffering in the heat. Besides, continuing on a trip that stresses the wife would risk having her become, shall we say, "allergic" to camping trips.


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Posted: 06/29/21 10:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For some reason my GE ac works better than my RV's noisy ceiling ac. Without that ac yet, we went home from Lahontan from 100 degree heat before I get a heat stroke even with ice pack on my head and neck.

RV ia basically a tin can although the modern ones have good insulation (the wall don't get hot at all).

Besides, Yosemite Village gets very hot and humid during summers.

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Posted: 06/29/21 10:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice pictures! This record heat is something else.


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Posted: 06/29/21 11:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We canceled a trip was had planned in the pacific northwest this weekend due to the heat wave, I wasn't confident that the RV A/C would be up to the task of keeping us reasonably cool in 100+ degree heat, and I knew the campground we were going to had little shade. Plus, like yours, our A/C sounds like a jet engine when it's on high so I try not to use it while sleeping.

I've canceled trips in the past due to other weather too (rainstorms, etc), so cancelling due to heat was just another weather cancellation.

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