If you're wondering what this is, it's a 500 pound quartz crystal with the sun behind It. I found it at a rock shop in Cave Creek. If you want to see the whole thing it's down below.
I took a few steps today towards fixing my damaged solar panel mounting feet. I know, I know, you can't believe this is still a problem because I should've fixed them days ago. But I didn't put it off because I'm lazy, unambitious, and totally without motivation.... even though that was a big part of it. I put it off because the days have been too sunny.
Now I know that may not make any sense to some folks but if you've ever been on the roof of an RV in the desert sun you know its not only very hot but the sun glaring off of that white rubber roof is blinding to the point that regular sunglasses won't work, you have to have those glasses that you look at the solar eclipse with to keep from frying your eyeballs.
Since I didn't have any of those glasses I had to do the next best thing which was put it off until we had a cloudy day, and today was that day. Now waiting for a cloudy day in the desert can test the patience of a normal person but since I have a black belt in procrastination I had no problem at all waiting for the clouds.
The temperature was normal, low 70s, but at least the sun was partially obscured behind the clouds for parts of the day which gave me an opportunity to climb up on the roof and get a few things done.
I unscrewed the panel from the roof, removed the messed up mounting feet, screwed the new feet that I made to the panel, and partially screwed the new feet to the roof. I only put enough screws in them to hold them on the roof so they wouldn't blow off tonight if any wind comes up.
tomorrow morning before the sun gets up too high I'll try to find my Dicor self-leveling caulk and put a little bit under each foot, screw the foot to the roof and cover the foot with Dicor and I'll be done... In less I can think of a way to put it off for another week or two.
This is the whole quartz crystal, I didn't know they got this big, It looks like Melania Trump's wedding ring
Seven foot tall geode. I was gonna buy this as a decoration for the Arctic Fox, I thought it would look nice in the middle of the living room. But unfortunately it wouldn't fit through the door.
I strolled around Cave Creek Arizona yesterday and took a few snapshots. Cave Creek is a gritty little tourist town that consists mostly of tourist shops and exceedingly large saloons.
Since I haven't been doing much of anything lately except resting up from the hectic holiday season, I was having trouble thinking about something to write about today because other than driving over to the little tourist town of Cave Creek yesterday, there hasn't been much going on in my life.
But since not having anything to write about has never stopped me from writing before I figured I would just write about the first thing that popped into my mind. And since I was thinking about how I had nothing to write about the first thing I thought about was my blog, so that's what I'm going to write about today.
When I started my blog it had one purpose, which was to keep my family informed about what was going on in my life and where I was currently located. It wasn't meant to be interesting, entertaining, or even coherent, and I'm proud to say after two years I haven't wavered from those guidelines.
But what I didn't realize when starting this blog is how much it would come to be such a big part of my life. Initially I didn't think it would be any part of my life. I thought every once in a while I would write that I'm in a warm place and here's a picture of a cactus to prove it, and that would be all until I moved again.
But somehow and for some reason the Blog slowly crept into my life taking up more and more of my waking hours with its voracious appetite for an unending and insatiable supply of words and pictures..... Wow! That sounds pretty melodramatic for a guy that sits in his easy chair for eight hours a day.
Actually I've come to enjoy my blog over the years and it's mostly because of my readers. I feel a kind of kinship with other people who are full timers, want to be full timers, or just dream about full timing. I've been in all three of those positions and I know how they feel.
I think mostly my blog's been a big benefit to me because it not only gives me something meaningful to do but it gives me something to think about that's happening in the present and may happen in the future. As you know a lot of us geezers tend to dwell on the past, simply because we have more past than future to dwell upon, but my blog helps me stay more focused, and therefore enjoy, what's going in the here and now and what I will be doing a week from now instead of endlessly reminiscing about how wonderful things used to be until all these young whippersnappers messed it up. [Which by the way they did]
So despite the fact that some days I can't think of a single thing to write about, and have to stick my camera out the door and take a picture of the sky just to have something to put on my blog, I still feel that having a blog has been beneficial to my life in several ways and would highly recommend giving it a try to anyone who's been considering it. After all what's the worst that could happen other than looking like a fool in front of the whole world.
Cave Creek which is just a little ways down the road from Carefree, which I visited a while back, is the exact opposite of Carefree. Carefree is fancy and hoity-toity. While cave Creek is gritty and grungy without a toity in sight.
Cave Creek is a cornucopia of knickknacks, dust collectors, tchotchkes, doodads and gewgaws. And also a few things you would never consider buying.
You won't starve in Cave Creek but your arteries are best left at home.
A plethora of hot air balloons. Around here people actually give hot air balloon rides as Christmas gifts. Which explains why the sky is full of balloons at sunrise and sunset nowadays.
I talk about the big things that make my boondocking lifestyle easier, safer, and even possible like the solar panels my battery bank or my Hearthrite radiant propane heater. But today I thought I would talk about some of the small things that also make my boondocking life easier and more comfortable that I could probably live without, but wouldn't want to try.
In no particular order of importance I will start with my 12 volt Fan-tastic floor fan called the Endless Breeze. I spend most of my life without air conditioning but that doesn't mean it doesn't get hot in the Arctic Fox.
Try as I might to stay in temperate climates sometimes it still gets hot, sometimes very hot, and even though my Fan-tastic vent fans do a good job of keeping hot air out of the Arctic Fox it can still get pretty warm if there's no air moving around and the floor fan does a great job of bringing the cool air in and blowing it on me.
Another thing that I always have is a calendar not just any calendar but one that works for me. When I first went full-time I thought the last thing in the world I would need would be a calendar. In fact I considered one to be an impediment to my freedom because I didn't think I would care what day or what month it was, but for the second time in my life I was wrong.
Now I use a calendar for a lot of things such as knowing when my two weeks are up on BLM land, or when there's a birthday I need to remember, but most of all I use it to leave notes to myself on things I need to do tomorrow or next week which is the reason why I always buy a special calendar. I Always get mine at Walmart even though I'm sure they sell them elsewhere and it's called a Large Grid calendar. And instead of having pretty pictures on it it has large boxes for the days of the month that I can write in about things I don't want to forget.
Something that doesn't help me boondock but does save me money is an electric hotplate. And because of my electric hotplate I haven't used one ounce of propane the whole time I've been at Ben Avery's.
When I'm plugged in to shore power I can run everything in the Arctic Fox on AC except my stove. And the hotplate allows me to do what little cooking I do with free electricity instead of expensive propane.
A recent addition to my boondocking happiness is a quality portable AM/FM radio and the one I bought is made by C Crane and is a model 2E. The Arctic Fox came with what was euphemistically called an "entertainment center" but the AM radio part of the entertainment center was utterly useless.
My truck parked right outside the door of the Arctic Fox would pick up all kinds of AM stations out in the sticks but inside the Arctic Fox my radio picked up hardly anything but static in less I was very very close to a decent sized town. So after getting tired of sitting in my truck to listen to the radio I looked on the Internet and found out that this C Crane radio was an AM monster and so far I've been very happy with it.
Last but certainly not least is something I was a little hesitant to mention because of the delicate nature of the subject. But in the end I decided it's importance far outweighed the embarrassing nature of the subject and it needed to be tossed into the ring of ideas.
Since I don't heat the Arctic Fox at night when I wake up in the morning it can be pretty darn chilly in here and for some strange reason the bathroom seems to be the coldest place in the whole trailer, and the coldest thing in the bathroom is the plastic toilet seat. It was as if I kept the toilet seat stored in the freezer overnight. There is scientific proof that a block of dry ice is 25 degrees warmer than a plastic toilet seat. But fortunately the solution was not only easy but cheap, I bought a knitted toilet seat cover. I couldn't believe the difference, I swear it feels like the seat is heated, I bought three of them and will never ever be without one.
There are more little things like this that make my boondocking life easy and that I wouldn't want to live without but that's all that comes to mind right now I'm sure I'll think of more in the future.
The needle sharp translucent spines of the Rope Cactus