In this pic I am on the coast about midway down the image. Air quality from PM2.5 here is 178 (unhealthy) but graded on a curve it seems great. The other day the sensors were pinned at 501 (scale goes to 500) which means something like “you are probably already on fire”.
Solar harvest peaked today at 202w before settling down to 162w. This was under heavy fog. I have lots of open space overhead if I can just get some direct sunlight on the panels.
Tomorrow is supposed to be fog in the morning, then just cloudy thereafter. Next week there are showers forecast on tues-wed-thurs, which could make a dent in the fire situation. Even the fog probably helps.
Lincoln City is about 90mi down the coast from the Seaside area. It would be the coolest spot in the area I could find for the next two weeks.
Fearing holiday return traffic, I waited until quite late to start heading south. I noticed there were some leaves on the 101, the coastal highway. I chalked it up to the recent hot spell, judging it had stressed the trees and they were starting to drop foilage.
It got a little chilly last night, and I could tell it was cold this morning. Muffin was sleeping close against me and I turned on the heating pad at some point when I woke up in the night.
This morning it was 32deg F inside the van, which puts it in the mid-to-high 20s outside. Running the propane stove indoors to make coffee an malt-o-meal got temps up into the 50s, which is a good bit more comfortable.
The cattle outside still have their winter coats and didn’t seem to mind the cold.
Coming to the end of my stay in Pahrump. My mail (including last state paycheck) should show up at the USPS today.
It’s in the 30s today, quite chilly. It’s a little warmer outside LV, and warmer still near the UT border. I’ll need to stop on the outskirts of LV to deposit my check but will probably head on to the border after that. Might as well burn some miles while gas prices are low.
Since it rained a few days ago there is tiny green growth popping out of the ground everywhere. The wild horses came down to nibble it:
It’s been raining off and on for the 48hrs, keeping dog and I indoors and putting a damper on solar harvest. Presently pulling in 91w . That’s 16% of theoretical system maximum, typical for medium-brightness overcast conditions. Dark overcast is usually 10% of max and bright overcast about 33%.
Yesterday I finally remembered to set out a container for water catchment; I got a pint. Made my normal 2c of coffee from that and decided to catch more aggressively when the opportunity presents.
So last night just before doggo and I went to bed I set out a bucket. Around lunch today I harvested about 1.3gal of water from it. I strained it through mesh and then coffee filter to remove debris the wind had blown in.
Given that identical buckets stack and therefore don’t take up much more room than a single bucket, I might pick up one or two more to increase water catchment.
My Verizon MVNO is crazy slow outside Pahrump right now. Granted, I blew through my 12GB allotment and am now capped at 128kbps, but I’m