Besides the camp hosts, we were essentially the only visitors at this large 93 site campground. Clean flush toilets, free passes to the lake along with splitting our site costs made this an inexpensive $20 weekend. Our previous camping experience was marred by an insane amount of ants so when the wind was calm we discovered that flies were our enemy here and headed down to the lake to get a reprieve.
Pyramid Lake is part of the California State Water Project that was completed in 1973 and named after a pyramid shaped rock carved out by engineers building the old Highway 99.
Brooke and mom were able to enjoy some Frisbee time and tested out the water.
Frisbee's are not only fun but delicious.
This trip also marks the first use of our new and exciting cooler! I know what you're thinking....who would think a cooler could be so exciting but it was. After doing some debated research, I came across the Dometic CF-25. This entry level compressor cooler is fairly inexpensive ($395), has a low power consumption and most importantly fit in-between the front seats.
Above you can see how the regular cooler we used is very comparable in size but now we don't have to deal with a cooler full of melted ice water.
This turned out to be a great real world test for our 80W Solar Panel and 55 Amp/h battery as originally I had concerns if this would be a sufficient set-up. With outside temperatures in the 90's I estimated the van to be at least 100 and had no problem running the fridge at an indicated 27 degrees during the day. As this was our first test, I discovered I will most likely run the fridge in the low 30's temp range as after the second warm night my battery was at 11.9 volts.
From what I keep hearing, I believe we are in the minority when it comes to our stock fridge but are quite happy with both the cooling capability and very inexpensive running costs while on propane. The CoolFreeze CF-25 will now be an excellent compliment to our stock propane Dometic fridge and just adds that extra needed space.
And a nice campfire (kindly supplied by the camp hosts) topped off another great weekend.