To Simplify... the pursuit of happiness through simple living on the open road

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

When in Lakeview... might as well give yourself a view of, well, you know.

And if they absolutely insist on giving you an entire lake to yourself, then if that's the way it has to be, then that's the way it has to be. 

Two mornings in a row now where I've woken up to outside temperatures in the mid 20s, but with zero rain and plenty of sunshine, I don't mind too much. Knowing that warmer days lie just a couple of stone throws down the road from here makes the cold even slightly pleasant. And anyway, the van does have a heater for a reason. Good to give her a solid stress test like this from time to time. While I'm on the subject, the grasshoppers out there may like to know that in a space as small as a van's interior, the dead silent and propane-sipping Wave 3 is all you need.

Here's a fun fact: I last filled my propane tank back in early January for all of seven bucks and change, and so far, that's the full extent of my utility bills for 2014. I'm slightly bummed that I'll have to fill 'er up again before long, but less than 20 bucks for the year still seems pretty good. In my previous life, I used to blow through that much in less than a week.

Such thriftiness, of course, is made possible in large part by the equally large slab of solar goodness up top, and for the first time in a little over a month, a nice, fat three-digit number appeared on the battery monitor this afternoon:

What a difference a few days of steady sunshine can make. It's good to be back.

Monday, October 27, 2014

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