It's 2020 the worst year ever... Click the pics if you dare.
My campsite for one night.
I got off to a rocky start on my winter travels this morning when I found that my large living room slide had about an inch of ice covering it, and I didn't want to bring it in and have that ice melting in my living room. I tried to melt it off with a hairdryer, but there was too much ice, and it was taking forever. I tried pouring hot water over it, that worked better than the hairdryer, but it was still taking a loooong time, and the water was freezing on the aluminum ladder I was standing on, and things were getting pretty slippery.
The big problem is the slide was on the shady side of the Arctic Fox, and this time of year the sun never gets high enough in the sky to hit the top of the slide and melt the ice that had built up on it even though it'd been open this whole time. It was suggested that I could turn the trailer around so that the slide faced the sun. But I've always been told you never move a trailer with the slide out, especially one the size and weight of my living room slide. So I wasn't going to get any help from mother nature with this problem until late spring.
Completely running out of ideas on how to remove the ice, I finally decided that since I only had about 3 miles to get to my campsite for the night, I would bring the slide in, ice and all, hurry to my campsite while the ice was melting in my living room, park in my campsite so that the sun was facing my slide and put the slide out hoping it will all melt off.
I pulled the slide in, which made some rather ominous noises, most of which were the seals dragging on the ice. Hot footed it to my campsite, put the slide out with some even scarier noises. And after about three hours of full sunshine, most of the ice had melted, and the rest was loose enough that I was able to get up on my ladder and push it off the slide.
All's well that ends well, I suppose, and now the slide situation is back to normal. But this is 2020, and I had a feeling I wasn't going to get away that easy. And I was right; I had to deal with a couple more minor problems, which I will talk about tomorrow.
The view from my campsite. Unfortunately this view contains snow, which hopefully will be my last view of snow for a while.
A Magpie stopped by looking for a handout. Their always looking for handouts, I've never seen one with a paying job.