Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas
Adventure Date: 12/08/2017
There is something basically very WRONG with snow on a palm tree on the Texas coast.
That picture was taken after most of the snow in the area had melted away. It is just WRONG.
Here is our site after about 1000 this morning. Most of the flat areas around here had about a 1 1/2 inch thickness of snow. It was a wet snow and did not brush away easily. The OFM wanted it off of the Castle so he went around brushing it off with the brush for washing the Castle. It worked pretty well on the sides.
Here is a good enlargement to show why the solar panels were not generating electricity.
When he saw this the OFM decided to head up the rear ladder and clean as much of the snow off the roof as he easily could. The rest of the Teams members were hoping that the softened ground would help cushion the impact when that idiot fell from the icy/wet roof. But we had a major surprise when the OFM was careful enough to get 90% of the snow knocked to the ground and himself back on the ground with no bodily injury at all.
When we got the gear put away and back into the Castle, the solar controllers were both giving us wonderful little green blinks as they worked at refilling the low batteries. With 3 1/2 days of heavy clouds/rain the batteries were getting down to only about 20% charge remaining and they were thirsty.
That left a lot of the day for the OFM to continue his big decision he has been working on. After a little over ten years of fairly active on the road RVing he is trying to choose what he wants to do. He has been virtually every where he wanted to see at least twice.
A couple of his friends that were on the road for a decade or so has been e-mailing him with answers to his questions. This has been going on for a couple of months. Today the OFM made a first tiny step choice and requested a site here in Rockport for the year of 2018. This will be our “homebase”. For 2018 we plan to have trips out and about when the fishing and beach combing is not at its best. Those trips may be with the Castle or just motel camping. We will be checking what fits with the OFM’s current attitude.
We know from the last years experiences that by just driving Sierra we can go better than twice as far in a day as we can towing the Castle. Sierra gets 9.9 mpg towing and 20+ mpg without the Castle. There is a lot of territory the OFM is not interested in looking at again so we may even fly over to some place and rent a car there to look around or do some activity. The OFM traveled like this during his five years working in Washington State. It was a pretty good way of seeing places of interest. We do not know for sure what the Teams will do but you can be sure OFM Adventures will continue and the Teams will be doing their best at trying to have tooooo much fun.