Our little home-on-wheels is struck by strong wind in the early hours of Christmas Day.
No damage, thank God. I had no idea such winds were on the way, so I leave outside the camp chair, dog bed, and canine condo. Around two o’clock Christmas morning, Spike wakes up and looks out the back window from his spot on the bed. The full moon illuminates the desert, so I take a look, too.
At that moment, the canine condo becomes airborne!
Quickly I jump into my shoes and out the door. By this time, the condo has a pretty good head start on me. The dang thing is repeatedly bouncing about ten feet in the air, end over end, as it flies across the flat, barren desert that stretches toward the railroad tracks.
I take off after it!
Right when I realize I’m not gaining on the speeding dog house, it catches on a lone bush. I sprint toward it. Gotcha!
Leaning into the wind that wants to rip the condo out of my hands, I head back toward home. The full moon smiles down on me and the stars twinkle as if holding back giggles.
I open the PTV’s side door and throw the runaway dog house onto the bench seat, along with the camp chair.
The antenna pole sways in the wind!
The wind howls and the BLT rocks. I can’t sleep. Instead my eyes are riveted on the PVC pole outside the back window. I never would’ve thought PVC could bend that much without breaking. Twice I go outside and make sure the bumper mount is holding it securely. By morning “all is bright, all is calm.” I find the dog bed in a wash nearby.
The crew and I will move again soon, maybe tomorrow.
It all depends on my mood and ambition level when we roll out of bed. We won’t be going to Ajo right away. Online weather sites forecast overnight lows in the 30s for Ajo. In the Yuma area, where we are now, the overnight lows are in the 40s.
I haven’t turned on our Wave3 catalytic heater yet this season! I always close up the BLT right before sundown to keep the day’s heat inside. Casitas are pretty snug little trailers.
Our next camp will still be somewhere around Yuma.
(I’m not telling yet!) Yuma seems to be the warmest place in proximity. All this free camping and hanging around the BLT really helps the budget!
It’s fun to sit on the sunny side of the BLT with Bridget and Spike, a Benchmark atlas in my lap, dreaming of the places we’ll go in the warmer months of 2013.
Canine Corner: “You can have my fifteen minutes” by Bridget
Take this post, for instance. RVSue’s talking about the dog bed in the wash. There’s no reason for Spike to be in that photo, but, sure enough, there he is. What an ego that boy has. I think he sneaks away a lot so he can get his face on a milk carton. Really.
As for me, I don’t seek the limelight. I think it’s unbecoming!