The Addams family doesn't smile, they're not unhappy it's just their style, but if they clicked a pic or two, they would smile like me and you.
My daughter's family had a Halloween party Sunday and invited a few friends. My family is dressed up as the "Addams Family." I dressed up as an old homeless bum, which means I wore what I wear every day, so the only thing I needed to complete my costume was a grocery cart full of trash bags.
My son-in-law is Gomez, my daughter is Morticia, my grandson is cousin Itt... And yes that's the way you spell itt. my granddaughter is Wednesday, the family dog is Pugsley, and the hand on Wednesday shoulder is Thing....I wanted to be Lurch but they said I was too ugly.
Last night was the coldest night of this whole cold front event. The front passed through, the snow stopped, the clouds were dissipating. And anyone who's lived in the cold can tell you that when the skies clear and there are no clouds to hold in some warmth, it gets really cold.
So tomorrow and Tuesday will be cleanup days. The snow should melt off pretty fast because it will be sunny both days, but they'll still be some shovel work and a few broken branches here and there, but every day will be warmer than the last.
And there's a lesson to be learned from this cold front coming through. It got down to 9° outside last night, and was 12° when I got out of bed this morning. And even though my electric heater was running all night I still had to put on a coat this morning to be comfortable inside the Lance, which tells me that single-digit temperatures are more than me and the Lance can handle.
Now I could have turned on my factory furnace along with my electric heater and kept the temperature more comfortable, but I feel that option should be saved for emergencies only, and not the way I would want to live for a week or more.
So the lesson I learned from this is... An inexpensive Lance truck camper is not adequately insulated, nor airtight enough to deal with single-digit temperatures. And since Denver during the winter can easily get to below zero at night, and every once in a while even in the daytime, I definitely couldn't live in this thing during a Colorado winter and stay anywhere near comfortable.
That's a valuable lesson, but what do I do about it? The only thing I can think of is the next time I see single-digit temperatures heading my way... RUN AWAY! Don't look back just, RUN AWAY. The camper has wheels.....use them.
If everything works out okay, I'm still preparing to leave on Wednesday morning. It looks like the weather in New Mexico is going to be great by the end of the week, when I should be in Las Vegas, New Mexico, for a few days. The weather's going to be in the 70s because it's still Fall there so I should see some more leaves changing.
I always enjoy stopping at Las Vegas and stay at Storrie Lake State Park because it has lots of free boondocking since I have the annual Park Pass, and four dollars a night if I want electricity. But most of all, it gives me a chance to relax and get mentally and physically adjusted to being on the road again. it's a big change to go from living with the family to suddenly being on my own and doing everything that needs to be done to live comfortably.
it's also a big change going from a sedentary life, where other than my mini-vacations, I rarely travel farther than Walmart. To becoming a traveling man and seldom wanting to stay anyplace longer than two weeks, which requires different shopping habits, more driving, facing and overcoming challenges instead of sliding through life without even thinking, and going back to washing clothes at laundromats! Ewwww!!
Las Vegas also has a Walmart three or four miles from the State Park, and lots of picture-taking opportunities in the old part of the town where the central plaza is surrounded by historic buildings.
On the other hand, Las Vegas is about 6500 feet in altitude, which is about a thousand feet higher than Denver, which means it can get pretty chilly in the winter. But don't let the temperatures fool you; it's an arid climate with low humidity, so It doesn't feel nearly as cold as places with high humidity.
I've stopped at Storrie Lake State Park a lot over the years, and I've always had a pleasant experience there. I've never seen it crowded, probably because I'm always there in the Spring and the Fall, so I miss the normal summer crowds. But there's so much boondocking around the lake that I can't imagine the place being full. It's one of the handful of places I go I know I can find a boondocking spot no matter what.
My daughter and granddaughter getting fixed up for the party.
The Addams family; standing out in the snow just so I can take there picture.
My grandson is being eaten by a giant spider. Since my granddaughter is Wednesday she was told not to smile, Wednesday never smiles. But it's hard not to smile when your brothers being eaten by a giant spider.
Pugsley, represented by a critter that faintly resembles a dog.