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- Wind is the big news this morning. It was the wind which woke me this morning. 40 mile per hour gusts had us rocking.
There were a few pinkish clouds before sunrise. But they were gone once the sun arrived. Throughout the day, passing clouds would obscure the sun’s face for short periods.
- Nine years ago today we were preparing for winter. We were on three clubhouse at Cutty’s Campground in Des Moines, Iowa. The fall leaves were in full color and reflecting prettily on the lake. We had already had a hard freeze, so the leaves were beginning to fall from the yes..
- We had prepared our camper for the cold months ahead. I had skirted the base of the trailer with 3/4″ aluminum clad foam board. Plastic heat-shrink had been applied to all of the windows. The water holding tank was full and the water-hose disconnected from the hydrant and drained.
- Two 100 pound LP tanks had been installed. Low wattage heat sources were under the trailer (to keep pipes from freezing) and behind the RV refrigerator )so that it would have enough heat to operate when the temperature dropped below zero).
- Several weeks worth of food and supplies were laid in incase we were snowed in.
- The truck and van were full of ethanol blended gas to prevent gasoline freeze. And fresh antifreeze was in their radiators. Each carried jumper cables in case of a drained battery. Each also had blankets, candles, and candy bars incase we became stranded on the road.
- Winters in Iowa could become deadly. Falls and hypothermia were only the most obvious dangers. Many people suffer from heart attacks and snow blower accident every winter.
- Now, any question about why we started coming to Texas during the winter eight years ago?
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