Old Diary, Travel

Serendipity Strikes Today

2014101314543952Today is moving day.  Our 6 nights at Rend Lake are over.  But a moment-of-whimsy drive on Monday (before all the rainfall) changed our plans for the next few days. 10-15 route

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few, if not the only, NWR that has it’s own public campground.  There are Refuges that have campgrounds for longterm volunteers; but a public campground is a rarity indeed.  We took our drive out of frustration with the continuing rain and when we realized that the forecast at the refuge was for several days of sun, or at least mostly sun it was an easy decision to say, let’s stay here for a few more days.

Crab Orchard signI have been dithering about how to handle the remaining 630 +/- miles to Bayou Segnette and I think I just found my answer.  Why go somewhere with unknown qualities when there is someplace near by that is looking gorgeous.  The pelicans are hanging out down there (they disappeared here for most of the time we’ve been here)  and it looks like a nice place to hang out for a few days.Crab Orchard lake  Also, there are more goods and services nearby, including a used book store!

We finally found a replacement space heater for the one we burnt out last year.  When we have shore power we use electric heat far more than propane.  Last Spring we burnt out one of our heaters at the end of the season  By that time all the heaters were off the shelf and all we could learn is that they would get their single shipment of heaters in August.  August came and went  and no matter where we stopped we weren’t finding heaters.  September mostly came and went and still not heaters.  Finally, in October we started finding them.  But guess what?

It seems that manufacturers no longer want to tell you how much current the heater will draw on LOW temp.  They tell you the current draw on HI, but not on low.  So, instead of going to the store and picking out one I ended up having to go online to the manufacturer’s website and try discerning the low heat setting directly from the horses mouth — and too often I still found nothing.

Lasko space heaterI finally settled on this one.  It’s made by Lasko; it’s part of their ceramic digital  “warm air motion’ line.  We’ll see how it goes.  We’re making the move to a different style of heater. The old ones we had were not calibrated in degrees.  space heater controlThey had those ‘old fashioned’ variable heat dials, and a couple fan speed selectors and that was all.  The result was that a heater that seemed to run and run and run and still the temperature was quite variable.  It often seemed that the same setting did not produce the same warmth from day to day.  So, we decided to try heaters with thermostatic settings by degree.  The new one has a stronger fan that will move a lot more air. I’m curious to see how this will cope with the larger size of our lounge.

Heating and cooling was one thing I did not think much about when we traded coaches.  Not until a cold day in April, not long after we bought the new coach, did we stop to think that the coach not only was LONGER, it was also wider and there were a lot more cubic feet of air to keep warm or cool  The A/C works fine.  and the heat pump works fine.  But both heat pumps draw more power — enough so that we can’t run both heat pumps on HEAT while plugged into 30 amp power.  I just want to make sure my sweetie is comfortable in most varieties of weather.  I stay comfortable over a much wider range of temperatures; she gets cold quite easily.

Ok — that’s it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.