Location: BLM near Winterhaven, California
I slept soundly again last night and woke up with the Sun this morning. Already in the 50s and clear again today. Will only get to the low 70s today with light winds, thank goodness.
Cleaned house as best I could first thing. The fine sand was everywhere. I think I'm going to be buying a vacuum cleaner. That's the only easy way to pick the sand up. Wiping and sweeping just moves it around.
We had a leisurely breakfast
and then late in the morning, I received a text from RV Connection letting me know my solar controller had arrived and is ready for pick-up. So, just after noon, I left poor Yuma at home and went to pick it up.
|Having cereal on a beautiful Southwest morning in the desert.|
Remember me saying I was considering having them putting solar panels on the White Lion? Well, me and Jordan sat down and beat out a solar panel package.
I think, as usual, I went with more than I needed but at least it will be done and I won't run short of solar power down the road.
|This is where I'm getting my solar panels. Finally!|
Here's what I ordered to the best of my recollection.
- six 190 watt solar panels
- two 40 amp MPPT solar controllers
- 2000 watt pure sine inverter
- all wiring and installation
Cost is $5200
It's more than I planned to spend, but I went bigger than planned and bought a better quality inverter. Oh well, at least I pulled the trigger and did what I've always wanted to do. That's go solar! With this package, I can run everything in the coach except the air conditioners. I will be able to run the residential refrigerator with no problem, so that is no longer a boondocking issue.
Due to the installer being gone for a week early next month, the installation isn't scheduled till March 17th. I'll have to come back when he is ready to install, but in the meantime I can do my normal traveling around the area.
After leaving RV Connection, I went to Lowes hoping to find my portable Weber Q propane grill, but no luck. They had none in stock and when I asked, the lady said that I can order it online and have it delivered to the store for pick-up. Shot down again!
I did remember to buy a taller plastic pole to use for my antenna for local TV. My old one was too weak to hold the antenna straight up. It kept bending over under the weight of the antenna, so I was losing height.
Made one final stop at Walmart to get some whipping cream for my pudding desert. Had to have that. One of the few sweets I get to enjoy each night. Since my cellphone was dead I didn't buy any of the other items that may have been on my grocery list.
After a long day, and a dead cellphone battery I was very tired. Made it home around 4:30 and was starving to death. I contacted Patsy just before my phone died (I hope) to let her know I would miss Happy Hour tonight.
Made two hotdogs and ate those with chips and ranch dip. Yuma got one hotdog. After regaining my strength, I ordered my Weber Q 1000 portable propane grill this evening and hopefully will pick it up on March 3rd. Yuma will have to put up with my cooking for another week, I guess.
Since I ate lunch so late I'm doing my post first and will eat late this evening. Put my new antenna pole up and voila, I was able to get CBS which is the station that Survivor is on tonight. Last week while in the RV park down the road I couldn't bring in CBS. So, the $15 was a good investment.
Now that Survivor is over, I'm going to have dinner and hit the hay. Sorry to see Ethan voted out. Long day and I'm tired. Got lots done today :)) and spent lots of money too! :((
|End of a long and productive day.|
See you later.