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Chasing 75 Degrees of What?

It’s 26 degrees an hour after sunset and going down to 22 degrees tonight. So we’re essentially at 1/3 the temperature of 75 degrees. We’ve camped in colder weather without freezing pipes (well, mostly true). We have 120v power, two full propane tanks, a full tank of fresh water, and full pantry and fridge. Our clothes and boots are easily a match for these conditions so if the Airstream can handle it so can we.

How about if we temporarily say we’re chasing 75 degrees from some compass bearing or another? Otherwise we’re either no good at chasing 75 degrees or we’re nuts for voluntarily moving our Airstream trailer up to the mountains. Rather just admit we’re here because we really like it and are grateful we can choose.

We love visiting our mountain camp in North Carolina’s Ashe County. Appointments and family plans in the city pulled us away last week during the first good snowfall this season. Despite the forecast for one more cold night we drove up today. The farther west and north we drove, the more snow we saw on the northern slopes.

We became concerned as we pulled the trailer up the snow-covered state-maintained gravel road leading to our driveway. What if we can’t get the trailer up the snowy 10% graded driveway? Fortunately we put new tires on the truck last week and had no problems getting onto our site. After arriving this afternoon at 2:30 we changed into warm clothes and our boots for a nice walk in the snow.

Two pictures are from the snowfall last week and the third is on today’s walk.

Fresh snow on our driveway

Beginning of snow fall

Overlooking the orchard this afternoon

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Preparing for Snow?

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This morning on the telly NC’s new governor, Roy Cooper, announced declaration of state of emergency for all 100 counties. They’re pretty sure this snow’s coming. We’re in the dark blue region on this map so things could become messy. We made a quick trip to the local store, beat the rush. We have enough scotch and bourbon for the weekend.

We were planning to leave NC today for sunny Arizona. We miss 75 degrees and look forward to a great Board of Trustees meeting of the¬†Airstream Club. Our new plan is to enjoy the snow and tow our Airstream southbound starting Monday. We’re ready to go!

See you down the road,

Jim and Debbie
see us at dreamstreamr odyssey, chasing 75 degrees
see what’s going on at WBCCI, The Wally Byam Airstream Club