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
Look what we found yesterday. 75 degrees! Just right. And all from passive solar gain on a very beautiful sunny day in NC’s mountains. Kind of makes everything good again. We were ready for it.
Sunday rained all day. We both already felt terrible, fighting head colds (probably exacerbated by the Wx changes). We never stepped foot outside the camper, not once. I thought of our readers whom I’ve told, “The camper is large enough because Debbie lets me know when I should find something to do outside. ”
We stayed in all day. And we got along famously. Granted, we neither one felt well enough to start any horseplay. Still, plenty of room for each to do what they wanted. We stayed dry, consumed pots of green tea, caught up on reading, planned work days, and rested.
We still find the 25′ camper plenty big enough for both of us, even when one of us can’t get outta here. Luckily, it’s a rare day we’re confined to indoors. It wasn’t 75 degrees outside, but felt good enough to stay outside all day yesterday.
Jim and Debbie
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We thought full-timing would give us hope of better weather more often. Instead we, like everyone else, settle for what we can get. Sometimes we’re in really cold weather. This past summer we enjoyed a fairly typical hot muggy summer in North Carolina.
Snowbirds from all over the continent migrate to Phoenix and Mesa Arizona for the mild winter weather. This time last year we were facing rolling blackouts because of unexpected high electrical demand from very cold temperatures.
We’ve had our weather ups and downs over the past year. Until this week — this is the weather we’ve been chasing for four years.
You know you're in the right place when . . .
Thanks to www.weather.gov for this picture and the warm sunny forecast.
Jim and Debbie
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