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It’s been a funky start to my long-awaited toward-the-west-coast trip. Supposed to roll out on June 16, but as shared before, had 12v refrigerator problems and the maker of the one I used wasn’t as quick to respond and ship a new unit as I needed. Thus I’m STILL in Ann Arbor as of today awaiting the new refrigerator.

But, as the saying goes, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

I’ve turned around what could have been two-weeks of moping and gripping into some mighty tasty lemonade. (Translation: made good use of the time to refine the setup, fully test out all the gear with some getaway days camping in Ohio, tweak lots of stuff, send back some gear and ordered better replacements, got and installed a cell booster, and more.)

I eventually had to give up on my original IceCo GO20 12v refrigerator/freezer when they couldn’t get a new unit here fast enough. Instead, and taking action to grab back control of the situation, I ordered a different-brand 12v refrigerator from Amazon due to arrive today, then negotiated a refund settlement with IceCo on the faulty unit. Hopefully, this new brand/one will work out of the box in time for me to roll away bright and early tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, had lots of time for shooting and editing video for a good start to my Wandering Obie YouTube channel. Also had the chance to improve my on-camera work, general videography, and editing. Still FAR from where I want to be. Compared to the first two videos posted though, it’s clear (at least to me!) I’m improving overall.

Tomorrow I head up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) to some dispersed camping places and hope to stay there through the fourth holiday. From there I’ll wander through Wisconsin then up to Ely, Minnesota, for some memory lane moments and a tour of the Vistabule teardrop camper trailers. Should be fun and hope I can make a video out of the teardrop preview.

If you haven’t checked out the YouTube channel, now would be a good time to catch up on the video’s already posted and make way for some travel adventure videos coming soon. And of course, a chance for you to subscribe if you haven’t already.