AGAIN..... you've got to be kidding me!! NOT!
Spokane Valley to Cheney is all the further I got.... UGH!
So, where does one dive when they find themselves stuck in Cheney, WA and need some bubble therapy? Well, Lake Coeur d'Alene was fun so why not try another dive! I joined Jake's Scuba Adventure once again at Higgens Point for their weekly shop dive. Once again an amazing turnout of 20 divers! They have a trip to Bequ Lagoon in Fiji coming up with 50+ divers so many are getting their skills sharp for their upcoming trip. I know first-hand they are going to have a BLAST!!
Kind of silly... I got excited to see a Catfish and Crawdad this dive! I also enjoyed a school of sunfish that were rather intrigued by my camera lights, a bass or two... and a gravel drop off with a significant thermocline. I hear it is a great November night dive to catch the salmon migrating. Hmmm.... and I think I will be in Coeur d'Alene for work at that time!!
As for the RV "engine light" saga.... This story needs to come to an end SOON... I have a new book to write! It will go back to the shop in a few weeks. I just needed to live in my lil home for a bit as I feel like I have spent the last few weeks in a suitcase.... as much fun as that has been, it does get old. I have a job I need to be onsite for next month, so while I am working the RV will be heading back in for a more in-depth troubleshooting effort ($$cha-ching$$). We are beyond basic diagnostic stuff now - further expense I was trying to avoid.... And, we all know avoidance has it's own issues!!
Couple snaps from Coeur d'Alene - Enjoy!
Knocked out my first state (outside my home state WA) on this RV Dive Adventure....FINALLY! Dove Wednesday evening at Lake Coeur d'Alene with Jake's Scuba Adventure! I was impressed to see that almost 20 divers showed up!! From what I gathered, most of them were fairly new divers that participated in these weekly shop dives to further develop their skills, cool off on hot summer days, and just have fun! Thanks for letting me kick it with you and be my first of the 49!
It was a sizzling hot day and just the thought of trying to get into my dry suit made me sweat! So I elected to go with the good old wetsuit only I forgot my gloves in the process of changing things around. The water was a warm 70°+ at the surface and while we hit a very distinct thermocline as we descended below 40' it was easily tolerable without gloves. The lake is full of old logs and there was an old barge... an old logging industry area. The biggest challenge of this dive was the number of divers and the silt being kicked up by their flutter kicks as you can see by a couple of the photos. Only a few critters by comparison to saltwater diving but it was still fun to get in the water and blow some bubbles. I got some much needed practice with the wide angle lens. My dive buddy, Drew, knew where the fish hung out so I managed a couple pictures of things other than LOGS! Lugging around less lead and freshwater cleanups are always a dive bonus :)
That leaves 48 states to dive! Although I will most likely stick to Washington until fall, this was a fun way to start things off.
Third time is the charm?
I drove back to Kent to pickup the RV late last Thursday. Crashed at my sisters for the night and had a pleasant surprise visit with my cousin Travis. We talked until late in the evening about what else but... DIVING! It was off to coffee early in the morning and to NC Power Systems by 7AM for the RV. Then after choking on the bill.... I made my way back to Spokane. It ended being maintenance related items that were not kept up by the previous owner, nor done by the dealer. Basically the air filter hadn't been changed for over 4-years! I figured since that was not kept up, I highly doubted any of the other maintenance had been kept up (and shame on me for thinking a dealer would address those things before selling it)! So I had them take care of it while they had it! Unfortunately, my timing that morning put me right into the thick of rush-hour on 405! Took me nearly two hours to hit I-90.... ugh!
JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS IN THE CLEAR....
Made it easily over Snoqualmie (mind you, I'm towing my dinghy for the first time) and everything seemed to be going well. Then just prior to Vantage I get the dreaded ENGINE WARNING LIGHT - STOP!! My first thoughts.... well, they were rather choice words so I won't share those! The PG version "What on earth was going on?" Luckily, I was less than a mile from the Ryegrass Rest Area. I pulled over and discovered coolant over-flowing from the relief hose. Long story short (really) after a few calls, I sent the pictures I took of all my gauges to the tech from NC who was concerned it was some type of coolant flow or pump issue. He got back to me and told me not to tow it, not to shut it off, but how to drive it to Spokane. DIVE IT?? REALLY?? I've learned diesels need to work hard to keep cool but this was so counter-intuitive to me! So, I geared it down to keep the RPMS around 2K and took it a slow 55-60 mph all the way home. Had to take a little break after the steep grade out of the Gorge and got more diesel considering my fuel mileage was going to royally suck now! Things kept cool all the way back to Spokane Valley. Phew!! Monday I called around and found Ray's Truck and RV Service in Spokane. They could get me in on Friday to check everything out. I dropped if off late Thursday night and they had it done by my lunch. Everything checked-out okay! Relieved but I can't help be slightly skeptical at this point. They also did a full inspection and replaced some bulbs that were out. Overall they said the coach is in super nice condition despite my little streak of bad luck. I may have had a thermostat stick - it may have just been freak'n too hot, it was close to 100° out there!! Time will tell... I do feel better though! I will continue to monitor my gauges as taught and now I know how to address things if they start getting too hot again without going into a stress-response mode. This is a great way to force me to learn more about my diesel and apply what I did learn in my training. I would definitely do things a little different when it comes to purchasing an RV from any dealer - but that's hindsight. I'll chalk it all up to another learning opportunity :)
Meanwhile, this grandma has been enjoying lots of coffee dates with my daughter and grandson! There has been lots of fun and silliness....along with a few 2-1/2 years old type tantrums. He is ready with his fireman gear incase grandma's RV overheats again!
It's time to dive!! This girl needs some bubble therapy....
Pamela Treischel is a SCUBA diving enthusiast, underwater photography hobbyist and Ambassador for the Inland Ocean Coalition.