Sunset from Rock Hound state Park New Mexico. The lights in the distance is the town of Deming.
I drove into Deming this morning and got some breakfast at the IHOP. That was a real treat for me since I haven't been to an IHOP since I was in Del Rio Texas. I actually went into town this morning to fill up one of my propane tanks but the place was closed, I guess they don't open on weekends. I've still got plenty of propane left so I'll try again Monday when I go to the Post Office to see if I have any general delivery mail.
I stopped at Walmart to pick up a few groceries and noticed a larger than normal number of RVs in the parking lot. I didn't count how many there were but it appeared to be about 8 or 10 RVs there and it made me wonder if their there because normal places to stay are full, like Rock Hound state Park, or if there's just a lot of people on the road heading for cooler places
When it's hot like it's been the last few days I can't stay gone too long in the morning because the Arctic Fox will heat up and make it uncomfortable in the afternoon. Even though I open the vents and turn on the fans before I leave my security concerns compels me to keep all the windows locked and so there's not a whole lot of air circulation while I'm gone.
One of the good things about seldom having any air-conditioning is that you get use to hotter weather, and you find out that you don't need air-conditioning as much as you think you do. Today is a good example. Since I didn't get back from town till about 12 o'clock, other than the roof vents being open the Arctic Fox was closed up all morning. Now here is 2 o'clock in the afternoon and I have the windows on the shady side of the Arctic Fox open, two vent fans running, an endless breeze floor fan blowing on me, and the door is open. There's not a cloud in the sky The inside temperature is 85°. there's not a drop of sweat on me and I'm completely comfortable. It's all about getting used to it.
I grew up in the South where it was very hot and very humid and I don't ever remember us having air-conditioning, it was available but it was something rich people had, at least that's what my dad said. And in the summer when we went to visit our relatives in South Georgia, and L.A. "lower Alabama" they didn't have air-conditioning either. So how did we survive all of that? I think an intelligent person might explain it by saying that due to human adaptability, long-term exposure to varying temperatures can cause a person to become acclimatized to heat and cold that would otherwise be uncomfortable. In other words, we got used to it.