Batteries can’t keep up with all this cloudy weather!
Well,I’ve found the limits to my solar set-up. With largely overcast days for several weeks, my solar panels can’t get enough power into the batteries to compensate for my normal usage.
I’ve gone on a ‘power diet’ – no furnace, no microwave, no hair-dryer, hot water from the stove only, no TV and still the batteries are hovering around 65-75%.
I guess I will need to carry my portable solar panel with me after all. I had thought I would only need it for summers when I’m camping in forested areas of the NW.
I know that driving back to Quartzite will give me a full charge – but it’s also colder there – so we’ll see how much I’ll need the furnace – I could be breaking out my long johns.
Wild life count for my stay at Imperial Dam
Hummers, of course, and lots of egrets; clouds of red-winged blackbirds, sea-gulls, ravens; 1 coyote; and ZERO wild burros. Given the amount of burro poop, I assumed that I would see a lot of them. However, after a month here, the pile of poop near my campsite looks exactly the same (even after several strong rains) – so I guess that’s no indicator. I’ve read that their range includes the Yuma Proving Grounds(1300 square miles) and KOFA wildlife refuge (516,000 acres) – so I guess it’s not so surprising that I didn’t see any.
|Clearly someone else's photo - are they smirking?|
One last image
|Why am I not surprised . . .|