I took some close-up pictures of a couple of cactus this morning and I thought they looked pretty cool. I used to like to take pictures of things close-up, but out in the desert there so many big things to take pictures of, mountains, cacti and sunsets that I've been kind of ignoring the little things. So here's a few little things.
I went to Wickenburg today and did little grocery shopping, put some fuel in the truck, and went looking for a place to fill up my propane tank. I had looked up propane on the Internet and there was supposed to be two gas companies in town but I couldn't find either one of them and I think they must be out of business. I guess I could drive out to the Escapees North Ranch, they have propane out there but that's kind of a long drive. I guess my next step will be to talk to some locals and see if they know of someplace that sells propane.
When I first decided to boondock in the desert in the winter I was concerned about not having the ability to run the air conditioner, after all even in the winter it can get pretty hot in the desert. But now I feel like the Arctic Fox has proven that it can remain comfortable without air-conditioning even when it's 90° outside. There's several things that make that possible, but the key one is that the Arctic Fox is so well insulated and draft free. Without that I don't think anything else would matter.
Another thing that makes this work is that at night the desert gets pretty chilly, 70 or 80° in the daytime and 40 or 50° at night is pretty normal for the winter. And it's those chilly nighttime temperatures that cool off the Arctic foxes insulation and allows it to be comfortable inside with just the two Fantastic vent fans running during the hottest part of the day. So far that's been working pretty well and I haven't missed air-conditioning at all.
All of that leads me to believe that Boondocking in the summer in the Colorado mountains should be a piece of cake. Because basically the same thing is going on that's happening in the desert. Daytime temperatures may be in the 80s, nighttime temperatures are going to be in the 40s and 50s and the humidity is very low. So for me that means a comfortable day, and a good nights sleep.
Now next winter when I'm going to try to boondock in South Texas, Florida and places like that I'm pretty sure that the warmer nights and the high humidity is going to make staying comfortable a lot more difficult. And I don't know about you all but for me trying to sleep when it's hot and humid is not what I call fun. So we shall see.