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Monday, September 29, 2014

Cabin Trip 2014 - I Think it is Day 15

In any case, it is Monday. The start of our last week here.

Last night a train drove through the cabin. Or, that was what it sounded like. Just before 1:00 a.m. we both sat up in bed in response to a loud, low pitched, rush of sound. At first I thought it was heavy rain. But, soon it was clear I was hearing hail on the metal roof. It was loud and "dense" if that is a word that can be used to describe a sound. In the background sound of the hail was thunder and we saw occasional flashes of lightning.

It only lasted a few minutes, but there was enough to accumulate about 1/4" of hail on the ground as well as mounds of deeper hail where it slid off the roof.

The weekend has been cooler and wetter. Here is a nice shot of a rainbow late in the afternoon. Note the pot of gold at the end?

We had chiliquillas for dinner on Saturday. Pretty easy recipe. Made a sauce of tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro and garlic. Sauteèd some onions. Added it all together with corn chips. Then, cracked eggs on top and covered the pan to let them poach. Topped with sour cream and avocado. Yum. Last night, Lynne made stew and I made biscuits. So, we are set for meals for a while with leftover lasagne and stew. Our final new meal will likely be beef barley soup.

Because of the cloudier conditions we aren't getting a full charge on the batteries from the PV system. So, I run the generator in the morning just long enough for us to take our showers (the water pump is our largest consumer of electricity) and to run the vacuum to clean up a bit. We are holding at about 80% charge during the day, going down to 60% overnight. The generator can usually pull that back up to 80% by running an hour or two. I think with wind we'd be okay. Might still need to run the generator for showers, but we'd have that bit of extra charge to help us out -- especially when the wind blows.

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Posted under: Cabin News • by Lynne on 09/29/2014 at 11:50 AM
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