It was such a nice day today that I decided to try and make another video. This video will take longer to make because I'm going to do more than just drive around with my GoPro on my hood.
I can't believe how time-consuming it is to make a video, I must be getting some enjoyment out of it or I would've given up a long time ago. Maybe it's just become a challenge to me to make at least one video that's not embarrassingly bad. If I could set that as a goal to accomplish before I die I would probably live forever.
On average the weather here has been chilly at night and warm or hot in the daytime, and that looks like what its going to be for the foreseeable future, or at least for as long as I stay here at elephant Butte. It's been chilly enough at night that I have to run my catalytic heater every morning for an hour or two to take the chill off the room. And I've been having to do that for the last few weeks so that the propane tank that's feeding the trailer ran out in 18 days this month, and that's the least amount of time that one of my tanks has lasted.
Now of course heating the trailer is not all the propane does. Since I've boondocked most of that time the propane also runs my refrigerator 24-7, and does all of my cooking. It cost roughly $24 to fill up one of my 10 gallon tanks, depending on how much propane is going for, where, and when, I need it. The cost can vary wildly, I've paid as little as $1.69 and as much as $2.80 per gallon. One place even tried to charge me five dollars a gallon, but fortunately I've learned to ask the price of the propane before they fill up the tank.
I think it's easier to rip people off when they're buying propane because unlike gasoline people don't buy propane very often so they really don't keep up with how much it's worth. And the dealers try to make it as complicated as possible by using three different ways to charge you. Some dealers sell it by the gallon, some dealers sell it by the pound, and some dealers sell it by the tank. And all of that makes it just confusing enough that if you're not familiar with your tank and how much propane it holds it's easy to overpay.
The sun setting on my boondocking spot at Elephant Butte state Park