February 7, 2017
Reports of my demise as a blogger are exaggerated, although not by much! I am well and back on the road! Yea!
I so apologize for being such a dud in keeping the blog up to date. Sadly, it’s been a year since my last post. After I left Quartzsite I just fell off the wagon. I worried that I couldn’t keep having original stories. I took a bazillion photos. I’d go out with my camera and take a 500 images (I bracket the exposure, so really about 166.6 or so images 🙂 ) then come home and my eyes would glaze over at the thought of picking just a few to process for the blog. And I guess I just got lazy, if truth be told… The farther behind I got, the harder it became to get started again. Yada, yada…. So I slid further and further behind. You have my most sincere apologies! And thanks to all of you who kept inquiring, “What happened to your blog?!!” The guilt kept alive the thought of getting caught up! 🙂
Home sweet home!
Who knew when I got back to Albuquerque on May 1, only planning on staying home a mere month, that I would be there until September 8…. Unbeknownst to my psyche, lurking around the corners of the house and my yard, THE LIST emerged in all its hulking, threatening gory. What power that list holds! It’s like an albatross around my neck. It is never completed. NEVER, I say! NEVER! First the yard, then the water softener wasn’t working, then two of my window blinds broke. Oh, and then there were all my end of year medical appointments. For those of you lucky enough to be still on the younger end of your life, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your list (there it is again) of yearly medical appointments will most likely grow and grow! Then there’s just day to day STUFF…
So time passed and before you know it, it was September. How did this happen? Who knows, but it did.
(OK Hold that thought! I need your opinion–I read that blog readers don’t like to get bogged down in lots of text, which, as you already know, I always have. The “Powers That Be” (knowing self-proclaimed experts) indicated that it’s best to break up the post with sub-headlines so people can jump ahead if they are in a hurry. I’ve tried that in this post. Does it work for you, or is it hokey?
OH! The BIG reason I was delayed!
I started researching new batteries for the motorhome. The person who previously owned my vehicle was new to motorhoming and he abused the batteries. They just wouldn’t hold a charge. That lead me learn that it is almost impossible to fully charge RV batteries without using the generator for hours and hours, or by getting a solar panel. Can you see where this is going? Decisions, decisions….Oh my, I hate decisions. I just kept researching and researching. Have you heard of analysis/paralysis? Yup, that pretty much describes it.
Feel free to skip the next paragraph if you aren’t interested in the details!
In my research I learned that if the batteries weren’t fully charged to 100%, they are doomed to an early demise, and that it takes a very long time to fully charge the batteries using a generator. And you need a state of charge meter to accurately tell when you are fully charged. What is the most efficient way to charge RV batteries? Solar panels. So I decided to have one panel installed just to top of my batteries. Yea, right… One led to two, to three to four….and before you know it, I had opted to have enough battery power and solar capability to allow me to comfortably boondock (camp off grid), only using my smelly and loud generator to bring up the batteries if I didn’t have sun. As you will read in future posts, it is working out really well for the most part.
Off once again!
Finally, in September, I headed north to Wyoming to have my solar system installed. After that, my plans were to go to Grand Teton National Park, then Yellowstone, then Glacier National Park. As you will read, it didn’t quite work out that way, but all’s well that ends well!
I’ll keep you in suspense about that the fall trip and my current travels, because I want to go back to February 2016 to bring you up to date. I think it would be too confusing if I jumped all over the map (pun intended) going from the present to the past and back. So, hopefully with your forgiveness, I’ll bounce back to February, 2016, with The Big Bang, in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Hope you’ll hang in there with me! And thanks for reading! (And yes, I do plan to have pictures going forward!) Stay tuned!
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