I was looking at the weather forecast for the rest of the month and it looks like tomorrow their still predicting it's going to jump out of the 80s and into the 90s with a vengeance, and to top it off the forecast for next Sunday is it will hit 100 and the last couple days of April it's supposed to be over 100°. So it looks like my time in the desert is just about up.
Now I boondock without an air conditioner with temperatures that are often that high every summer when I'm staying in Denver and its not as terrible as it sounds. But there are some things that make that possible and that's what I'm going to talk about today.
One of the reasons I like living in the West is the low humidity, and by low humidity I mean single digits or teens. And that low humidity is the key to boondocking and staying at least semi-comfortable without air conditioning when temperatures are in the 90s.
On a personal level I can withstand almost any high daytime temperature as long as it's cool at night and in the areas where I stay it may be in the 80s and 90s in the daytime but its normally in the 50s and 60s at night so I'm perfectly comfortable. To me there's not much worse than trying to sleep in an 80° room laying in a pool of sweat.
Another thing that's very important about living without air conditioning is "adaptation", and adaptation takes some time. It's pretty miserable if you have to unplug from shore power where your air conditioner has been running 24/7 and try to boondock the next day without it in 85° weather. But if you've been living without an air conditioner in 70° weather and 80° weather then living in 85° weather is no big deal because you have become acclimatized, or adapted.
Now there's other things that allow me to live fairly comfortably boondocking for long periods of time in the heat and not using an air conditioner, but those two are the biggies. Keep in mind that long before air conditioners were invented there were millions of people living normal lives not only in the heat and humidity of the South but in the baking hot temperatures of the desert using the only things available to them which often was nothing more than shade, common sense, and being adaptable.