Starry Starry Night

I woke up at 5 a.m. (temporarily, thank goodness!) and decided to go out and look at the stars while the sky is still pretty dark.  I am NOT afraid of the dark, but I am usually all buttoned up in the camper by the time it gets here.  So OK, I do admit to a little pang of angst when opening the door……hoping the Bogeyman wasn’t waiting to pounce.  Thankfully he must have been off scaring someone else, so I went outside.  Oh MY!!  So many millions of stars, and so bright!!  I sat in the lawn chair for awhile just soaking it up.  Some Northern Lights would have been icing on the cake, but they didn’t make an appearance.   Still….just the stars are so amazing!  I’m going to have to do this more often.  I just checked and there’s a “Watch” for northern lights for the next 2 days, so maybe I’ll get lucky again.

Since my time here is coming to an end (sob!) I started making a list of things on the camper that need to be fixed or modified.  Already there are 20 things on the list!   Plus the whole rig, car and camper, really need to be completely emptied and repacked for the winter in AZ.  Ugh! It sounds an awful lot like Work.

I love the plastic bins I’m using in to organize the car.  They are completely weatherproof and the perfect size to sit side by side in the back.                          Wow, they just went up in price, they were $72 for 4 when I bought them in May!  Anyway, they are GREAT boxes. My only complaint is that they do not hold up to being run over by a car. (I don’t wanna talk about it)

I’m really glad I had this summer to really figure out what I do & don’t need for the future.  When I go to AZ I’ll be out for possible 10 months (!) because I’ll probably go right from there back up here to Mich. for next summer, so need to have all the right things and none of the wrong things.  I actually did pretty well this trip but there are some things that need to be changed; for one thing I would like to find space for a 5-day cooler to increase the amount of refrigerator food I can take.  I’d like to be able to go for 14 days without going to town, and my tiny 1.9 cu. ft fridge (with no freezer) just isn’t nearly big enough.  I also will need a way to carry more water; right now I only take 4 gallons. And I have a whole box of “JustinCase” stuff that I never used, so maybe I could whittle down some of that stuff.


2 replies on “Starry Starry Night”

Janis there’s a big lunar eclipse next Sunday but not sure if it’s viewable from where you are. It’s supposed to be spectacular from the west coast. Also I have had success rotating frozen water bottles into a smaller cooler with an extra Insulite layer strapped to the outside where I put stuff that doesn’t require low temp refrigeration like fruits and veggies. Not sure if your refrig has a freezer. I also have a Coleman cooler that works on 110 and 12 volt if you have hookup or your solar will support. Good luck w your sorting. When I got the aspen I took so much stuff out of the ltw that I rarely used. I just made a list of hot and cold weather stuff to add as needed. And a list of elec and non elec stuff. I hope to learn more about solar at the tech rally in April and maybe add that. Sent from my iPhone



Thanks, BJ, I’ll check out that lunar eclipse! The problem with carrying an ice chest is where to put it; the car & camper are already so full. I think I can squeeze out some space for one though. I don’t have a freezer in my fridge, I wish I did….even one big enough for just a pint of Ben & Jerry’s would be good!


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