We’ve had the best weather here in Zion Canyon — sunny, a little windy, comfortable weather (with a jacket on). . .until Friday when it started to rain. And it rained, & rained, & rained some more until last night finally. We sure were missing the sunshine & seemed to have no energy for doing anything. We just hunkered down inside the trailer & watched Hallmark Channels feel good holiday movies or reruns of NCIS. We’ve been fixing our own meals too & eating better since we’re not out on the roads. My clothes tell me I’ve even lost some of the fried foods weight I gained working at the campground café this summer (yeah).
About 10pm last night tho, the TV signal became seriously pixilated so we knew something was changing outside. Oh well, time to go to sleep. Although I don’t want to LIVE in an area that gets frequent winter storms, occasional snow still excites me like a kid on Christmas morning. Consequently, I woke up at 2am wondering if we were getting snow. YES. . .about a ½” had already fallen & the temp was in the 20s. Oh — and there were lots of stars twinkling too. It was just beautiful out, albeit very cold.
By the time I took Kira for her morning walk, the sun was out & shinning on the snow-covered mountain peaks around our canyon campground.
Hope you enjoy these.
Since yesterday wasn’t worth even going outside, I finally did some research into using a wi-fi signal to make phone calls when cell service isn’t available. Looks like the (free) Google Voice should work, so I’ll have to test out a call to my parents from the library or McDonalds or some place soon. I’ll need to use this option for calling home next summer when we’re working in Poudre River Canyon, CO without cell signal.
We’ve also eased into dumping our gray/black tanks & getting fresh water for for when we are totally boondocking. We’ve had a gray boy for ages but never used it until now. And since the gray boy was nearly full today & Jeff didn’t want to lift it into the back of the pickup, he pulled it behind the truck for the first time today. Other than the slow drive to the dump station, it was seriously easy! We also have a little 12v water pump to start using for refilling the water tank instead of lifting & holding a 6 gallon water jug over the water intake hole at the back of the trailer. We decided to order the 45 gal water bladder Camping World has, to place it on the pickup cab roof. We’re planning on getting a couple of 12v batteries also put on the cargo shelf on the back of the Casita to charge with the solar charger we have, & also get an inverter installed so we should be able to actually watch a little TV while boondocking. We’ll see how these plans come together.
Since we have electricity (only), we’ve just been using our little cube heater to stay warm — but at 20° or so, it just doesn’t have enough umph. So we’ve turned on the propane & set the furnace to come on when the temp drops like it’s supposed tonight. That heater on the floor seems to do an excellent job tho of keeping our inside water lines from developing ice cubes.
Now if the ground will just DRY OUT, maybe we’ll stop getting grit all over the floor & bed (thanks Kira). Living small is still working GREAT!