I stayed pretty busy yesterday so today I kind of stayed home and took it easy. Going to the Saguaro National Park, and grocery shopping taught me that things get kind of busy around here on the weekends so it might be best to lay low and do my tourist thing on the weekdays.
It's starting to get pretty warm around here, every day is in the 80s and seven or eight days from now it's suppose to get into the 90s so that's a good time to be heading east and getting a little higher in altitude so it's not quite that hot in the daytime. Night times are still great getting down into the 50s so the sleeping weather is just about perfect.
This has been a really weird winter for Southern Arizona, it was a lot colder and wetter than I've ever seen it, but if I look at the big picture and say that I've got to be somewhere in the winter and my house has wheels, where do I want to be? Then I would have to compare southern Arizona to other parts of the country and decide which is better. I think using that criteria I could say that Southern Arizona wasn't all that great but it still had way better weather than most other parts of the country.
As I've said in the past you can't underestimate the effect humidity has on your comfort level. A lot of the time the temperatures might be in the high 50s low 60s but because of the low humidity it wasn't all that bad and usually just required a long sleeve shirt to be comfortable. The biggest problem was with all the rain we had the humidity would be relatively high sometimes and along with the chilly temperatures I would have to break out my coat, which is actually just a fleece jacket that used to be a liner for a real coat.
So I guess you could say that a lot of my whining and complaining about the weather this winter was based on the fact that it wasn't a normal Southern Arizona winter but I still realized I was way better off than a lot of folks in other parts of the country. And despite the abnormal amounts of clouds, and rain, my batteries never once ran out of electricity while boondocking, and I don't think I ever even had to go into conservation mode and cut back on my electrical usage this winter.
So with April starting tomorrow, and the sun already high enough in the sky that my batteries are getting fully charged every day way before lunch, I guess you could say the worst is behind me now and I need to change from staying warm mode to staying cool mode.
I make that change every year and every year it's a bittersweet time knowing that another winter is behind me and another Summer lies ahead. I look forward to the Summer and all the fun and changes it brings, but I mourn the passing of yet another winter and all the happiness and yes even the challenges that winter brings. But nonetheless every year I promise myself that I will always do my best to find joy and contentment in each and every day no matter what the weather brings.