Is This Trip Jinxed or Something?

Camping Day 7. Third campground, Lake McSwain, California.

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Lake McSwain, California. Doesn’t it look like Australia? Loads of Gum trees, and flies to match!

Got out the stove to cook dinner after setting up camp. We borrowed this stove from some friends I used to go camping with back when I lived in the States, 20 years ago. We used this exact same stove back then, and it’s still going strong. It is a Coleman duel fuel stove, and works really well. Or, it did.

At camp grounds number 1 & 2 we used it to cook pancakes, hot dogs, pasta, eggs…

We got it out today, and started to pump to create some pressure in the gas compartment. And nothing happened. The little metal tube just slide in and out with no effort at all, and no pressure building.

That’s right, one week in, and we have already managed to bugger up my friends’ stove, after they’ve kept it going for over twenty years. After our very inauspicious start, I have to ask – is this road trip doomed?