Beating the heat!

Oct. 14, 2016; Tucson, AZ

Still in the mid-90's every day!

So hot for this Swede from the Pacific Northwest!  So, in addition to staying places where I can run the AC for about 10 hours a day, I've been outfitting the rig for the extended sun and heat.

To help the tires, I added a set of sun blockers I got on sale at Camping World.

On sale at Camping World: BoGo!

For the car, I added a reflectix panel for the non-tinted side window to go along with the windshield sun screen.

I have front and side awning sun blockers ordered from Amazon - they'll be here by the end of the week.    Carefree Sunblocker   and Carefree Side Blocker

Carefree 88008802 Black Sideblocker       Carefree 82158802 Black 6' x 15' Sunblocker

This tarp provides shade for my Yeti Cooler - helping it keep ice for a few more glasses of iced Tea or an 'adult beverage'.

And, when all else fails . . . 

I can lounge by the pool.

Sometimes it's worth it to stay in an RV Resort - it's still a big parking lot, but the 'extras' are worth it right now.  Especially the pool!

I'm currently staying at Adventure Bound (previously Cactus Country) RV Resort.  In addition to full hook-ups (yay, AC!), there is a laundromat, a recreation room, library, free cable TV and wi-fi.  I can have my mail forwarded here, there is a nice cactus garden and the landscaping is really nice.  It's pretty convenient for shopping - so, I'm getting re-stocked.  I would definitely stay here again.

They name the 'streets' for different types of cacti

To me, Palm Trees just scream 'I'm on vacation' .

Typical landscaping

More landscaping

The cactus garden walk is also very informative with lots of excellent specimens.

I really like the variegated color on this agave.

The Ocotillas are really tall!

Love the orange glow to the barbs in the sunlight!

Very yellow!

Pretty sure that this is the rare 'Saguaro Metallica'

Barrel cactus that's still in bloom

Some of these agaves come up to my shoulder!

Javalina Havoc - a surprise fiberglass trailer meet-up!

10/4/2016; Davis Mountains State Park, Ft Davis TX

Hmmm . . . . this is a lot of Casita Trailers . . . . 

As I pulled into the State Park, I saw first one, then three, then way too many little fiberglass trailers to be a mere coincidence.  Then, I saw several Escape Trailers!  Sure enough, turns out that I have stumbled into Javalina Havoc - an annual gathering for fiberglass trailer folk.  And - even better, I was in time for a potluck!

I signed up for an extra night of camping, threw together a couple platters of crudite and other appetizers and prepared to socialize!!

The potluck was at 2pm - a little early for my next local find. 

Occulto - Local micro-brew with a difference!

It seems that a lot of Texas beer is 3.2% (yuck).  So, I was looking for something a bit different.  And, I found it in Occulto - a 6.0% ale that is blended with Blue Agave - aged in Tequilla barrel staves.
It is quite tasty and may be supplanting Grower's Peach Cider as my favorite 'adult beverage'.

My traveling companion, Lily, slouched in the background, had just a taste - see what it did to her!