Though no day seems typical in Lake Havasu, we documented what we did Wednesday (February 12) which seems as close to a “typical” day as any. Here goes . . .
7:35 AM — RISE & SHINE
Ellie usually wakes us up by going over to Jan’s side of the bed, panting in Jan’s face, and thumping her tail against the wall.
However, this morning it was Flirt who woke us up by jumping on the bed and sidling up to Tom’s face. Lick, lick, lick.
It was my (Tom) turn to get up with the dogs so no big deal.
7:37 AM — FEED THE DOGS
Ellie first, Flirt second.
7:40 AM – VOLTAGE & OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE CHECK
Crazy Horse Campground, like all too many campgrounds, suffers from “low voltage” issues. This just means that through bad wiring or a poor city power supply (usually the former), the campground’s voltage can drop to a low or unacceptable level, especially when the campground is full. We have an electrical management system that automatically disconnects our RV if the voltage drops too low.
However, sustained low voltage can damage RV electronics, especially motors (like our refrigerator compressor). We’ve taken steps to fix this using an “autoformer” (more on this in another blog).
We also typically check the outside temp before walking the dogs and adjust our clothing accordingly.
7:45 AM — WALK THE DOGS
Let’s just say Ellie is as regular as a clock while Flirt is not so much . . .
7:49 AM — BREAKFAST FOR JAN
Jan had cereal with milk, but I had to wait to eat because we ran out of milk. Jan drove to the campground store to fix that.
8:20 AM BROWNOUT!
Since everyone in the campground is making coffee, toast, and running their microwaves at the same time, the park voltage dips.
At voltage this low, our electrical management system disconnects from camp power and we start running on our RV inverter — or running off our batteries.
We turn all the electrical appliances off and in a few minutes we reconnect to camp power.
8:30 AM — JAN LEAVES FOR HER ART CLASS
Jan is taking a watercolor class at a local community college in Lake Havasu. Jan is loving it.
8:35 AM — DOG NAP TIME
After a hard morning of eating and pooping, it’s time for the dogs to take five.
8:40 AM — TOM COMPUTES
Tom checks how much Internet data we’re using (because we have a limited amount per month) and does the online banking.
10:55 AM — MORNING DOG PLAY
After a few hours sleep, Ellie and Flirt (especially Flirt) get active and get into snarly dog play.
11.00 AM to 1:50 PM — TOM INSTALLS AN ELECTRICAL OUTLET
Tom’s installing another web camera in our RV so we can monitor the dogs from another angle. This camera has sound — so we can tell the dogs to “Stop that!” over an Internet connection. So we’ll need another AC outlet in order to hook up the new camera.
2:00 PM — LATE LUNCH
After her art class, Jan brings home a Subway sandwich lunch. Perfect.
We take Ellie and Flirt out and meet up with Katie, Flirt’s swimming buddy:
2:50 PM — MAIL CALL !
The Fedex truck arrives and drops off our forwarded snail mail.
3:10 PM — RENEW RV LICENSE PLATE
No photos. Tom just logged into Wisconsin’s DOT web site and renewed our RV plates.
3:30 PM — RECHARGE RV WATER SOFTENER
We have a small (actually very small when compared to a house’s) water softener. Just like a house softener, it has to be recharged every so often. In our case, Tom waited a month too long, so the recharge was long overdue.
In a nutshell, our softener just needed to be flushed several minutes with fresh water and then have table salt added. That’s it!
4:00 PM — NEIGHBOR DAVE STOPS BY
Dave wanted to check out our La Fuma recliner.
4:12 PM — AFTERNOON DOG PLAY
4:49 PM — LAKE HAVASU AIR FORCE
One member of the local “air force” makes an appearance in his pontoon ultralight.
5:00 PM — DOGGIE DINNER & EVENING WALK TIME
5:30 PM — MILLER TIME FOR THE HUMANS
6:17 PM – SUNSET
You really have to be here. Pictures don’t do it justice.
6:50 PM — DINNER
Schwan’s Chicken Cordon Bleu with baked potato and mixed vegetables.
7:00 PM — PBS NIGHT
It’s PBS TV night — Nature, Nova, and something else.
9:13 PM — TAKE DOGS OUT
The dog walk of the day. Then we’ll watch the Daily Show and/or Chelsea Lately in bed.