Repairs and modifications were the order of endeavor this morning. All good Rvs have properly sized small vents from the heating ducts into the holding tanks areas. Since an Arctic Fox trailer like Comfort Castle has all the water lines inside the living area, there is no need for exterior heating of water supply lines. My holding tanks are large for the size trailer but still could freeze if the weather is cold enough long enough. However Comfort Castle has a neat feature called wheels. They allow the movement to areas without long cold spells. The central heat wastes heat blowing it into the tank areas even when it is above freezing . The central heat has not been used since Washington was vacated a year and a half ago.
This morning was the time to block the floor vents so that vacuuming will be easier and dirt will stay out of the heating ducts that are not used. Some cardboard was cut and shaped to fit into the grill to block the airflow from the interior to the outside by way of the tank ducts This should also help save on A/C in the warmer months. The fix was like me---cheap and easy.
The second chore this morning was to reattach/relocate the latch for my cereal locker. It has gotten a little too wimpy for the roads the truck likes to travel. A slightly stouter installation and location will likely stop the door from getting too active again.
MAN this was a lot of work for a lazy bum fat old man Rver. A nap right after lunch may be needed to rest up for going to bed tonight.
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For lack of anything else to do, a trip to look specifically at wind sand art at the state park beach was made. Now that they were particularly paid attention to, several different styles were noticed. Included here are several different examples of the sculptures.
Notice how the grass causes the wind currents to make odd shapes in the sand below.
This one was about three inches high is all.
These were furrows cut into the sand at the base of a dune.
These were on the near verticle face of a dune. They were about a foot long , two inches wide and an inch high out of the face of the dune.
They were mostly found by walking very close to the dunes, but in the looser sand on the beach side. A couple of exploratory trips were made into the backside of the dunes. Nothing of note was seen on the backside. The walk was about a mile one way and took about an hour. In reality there was a lot more to look at than just the sand sculptures. However the task at hand was carefully accomplished.
At one spot on the beach was a bamboo cluster. Who knows where it came from other than “the sea”? Several locations along the coast have folks who grow bamboo as decoration. However let us claim that it came from a Carribean land of beauty and wonderment.
Entwined with the root system were these shells of an unknown origin. If a reader happens to know something about them please post a comment. The shells were very pretty and colorful. The picture does not come anywhere close to the brilliance of the actual coloration of the shells. They actually looked a lot like irridescent butterflys all gathered together.
And for the grand finale tonight we have a nice picture of a dune scene that evolved during one of the backside adventures. Dune scenes have always been a desirable joy in my life.
Another month of life has been ripped off the calendar now. There are too many things to see and do and too little life to do it all.
For the first year my plan was to stay at a place about a month and take day trips of up to one hundred miles each way. My records on using that style indicates that that is not the most economical method. This year of 2009 will see Comfort Castle moving shorter distances more often. The clover leaf travel radius will be shortened as much as possible. Hopefully camping will be close to each location of interest. It appears that the extra fuel cost to roam so far from Comfort Castle far over rides the cost of camping closer to the locations of interest. My information seems to lean toward that the trips back to Comfort Castle are what runs the cost up.
With that in mind, the team will be pulling out of Port Aransas on February 5 toward the next location. Where will that be? We can find out together while trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.