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Monday, November 29, 2010

The Incessant Wind!

I don't know how much I can take of this wind. It seems much worse today if that is possible, and I know it can get a lot worse than this. A look at the weather forecast calls for 16 mph winds this afternoon, but I'm sure the gusts are way higher than that already.

Little by little I am getting used to boondocking, and although I can't say I would want to do it 100% of the time, I am dealing with it pretty well. The worst is on a day like today with no electric, required for running the furnace, and I don't want to run my little generator all day. The little propane heater works fine but I doubt a small cannister will last long, so I try to run it for just short periods of time. Actually it is a good thing to know what you can do and how you would react in a real emergency with loss of power, water, etc. I would be better equipped than most folks in the country, at least for a short period of time.

I want to say that the bed in this TC is much more comfortable than I expected, and more so than the bed in my 5th wheel. I still may get a down featherbed for a mattress topper, but there is no hurry on that right now since I get a good night's sleep without it. I'd probably be a very happy camper if the temps got up into the 70's during the day with little or no wind. That's not asking for much, is it?

Not much going on today because I've stayed indoors mostly. Yesterday was windy, but I was able to sit in a camp chair in the sun for quite a while. Tomorrow will be a shopping day as my list is growing - things for the TC as well as things for the pantry/fridge.

I have managed to do my weight lifting routine in the camper even though the space is limited, and I really feel so much better when I do. Life is pretty good for me at this point, although my b-i-l in Florida isn't doing very well. I doubt he will get a heart transplant but there is an artificial heart pump that can be affixed if they could get his fever down and clear up whatever infection he has. It has been a bumpy ride for him and my sister these past few weeks.

It will soon be doggy walky time, and then it will be Miller Time for me!


  1. Cold and windy is not the best combo, especially boondocking.

    I hope Miller time will provide the requisite comfort.

  2. We're sitting out the wind as well today down here in southeastern Arizona. It's my biggest bug-a-boo about the southwest right up there with the cold desert nights. Sounds like your orientation period is coming along fine & soon you, Lady, Lance & the big dually truck will all be happy campers.

  3. Aaahhh, the wind! That is one of the reasons I love Kansas.

  4. I would run the generator all day if that's what it took to be comfortable. :)

  5. Gypsy see about getting a line to hitch your heater to the propane bottles on your rig, they come with a valve and quick connect, I've seem them for between $50-$75 you can find a propane dealer who can assist in installing it. That's what I did so I can run my BBQ grill off the bottles. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna

  6. I think I need a Miller Chill!!
    So disgusted with all my problems. I was hoping to be on my way west by now.
    The wind is bad here too. I think it comes across California. We used to laugh at our dust storms and say, here comes New Mexico! It will get better.

  7. Hi Gypsy, I know what you mean about the wind, we're at Anza-Borrego SP and the wind has been brutal off and on, and cold at nite too. Sounds like the camper was the perfect solution for you, I am about to switch from miller time to hot rum time.


  8. Good to see you are out and about again. The winds are one big draw-back in a lot of the winter places for us full-timers. It seems to start blowing in November in Texas and is still hard at it when we leave in March. But, we love it, so put up with the wind... :)

  9. Cold nights and big winds here in Benson, AZ, too. We're only about 50 miles from Bayfield Al, but if this wind continues, it may blow him even closer! Looking forward to you getting closer so we can say "Howdy" in person.

  10. I hope you've learned to get around Lady in the middle of the night. You haven't mentioned that yet.

    I'm so glad you're doing well. I'm listening closely to all the reports from the West, we may head that way next winter, IF it's warmer.