Instead of rainy and cloudy like the weatherman had predicted it's actually been very nice with a few puffy white clouds in the sky. I guess the locals knew that was going to happen because the Park is full of people.
Since I've had some comments on my idea of taking short trips into the Colorado mountains this summer without the Arctic Fox, I've been giving it a lot of thought today, especially about tents.
But a tent is not my only problem. I also have the odd problem of being unable to charge my 17 inch Asus laptop in the truck, and I have to have a laptop with me at all times, I'm addicted. The thing uses so much power that a normal 12 V cigarette lighter plug will not handle the amps it takes to charge the laptop. So not only do they not make a 12 V charger for the laptop, for that very reason, but you can't plug an inverter into the cigarette lighter plug and then plug the laptop into the inverter because the inverter overheats the cigarette lighter plug, I know because I've tried.
Now I could jury rig something like some number 10 wire with alligator clips on one end to hook to the battery and a female cigarette lighter plug on the other end to plug the inverter into, which would work but seems rather inconvenient.
I was thinking of just leaving my 17 inch Asus in the Arctic Fox and taking my little 13 inch Sony laptop with me to the mountains because it's battery lasts a looong time and is easily charged in the truck. But I had forgotten how old it is, so when I was messing with it the other day I found out I couldn't install some of the software on it like, Adobe Lightroom, that I need to work on my blog because the little Sony is just too old and slow to run it. I recognize the symptoms because I too am old and slow and things that used to work on me no longer work.
The most logical solution for this problem would be to buy a small relatively inexpensive laptop that has a Windows operating system on it that was made in this century. So now I apparently need to buy a tent and a computer just to go visit the mountains. I wonder how the pioneers kept their laptops charged up, they must've had solar panels on top of Their covered wagons.