I haven’t posted in a while because not much has changed. I’ve settled into a routine until spring when construction projects can start in earnest. Here are a few things I’ve learned, though.
If you’re planning on solar PV for power, expect a lot more cloudy days than forecast and plan accordingly. Even here in Arizona, it has been cloudy a lot more than I expected, and I’ve had to run the generator more than I planned. Even so, in 88 days I’ve burned less than five gallons of gas, so I’m not unhappy. I do conserve electricity as much as possible and shut down the inverter at night.
40 miles each way to go for potato chips and dip, or a pizza, is a LONG trip. If you’re far from a town, then think hard about the snack foods you like and what might replace them. It’s easy to say that you can live without them, but try it for a month.
Plan for medicines! Headaches, diarrhea, sniffles, coughs, etc. are magnified 100 fold when you can’t run to Walgreens. Also, have a GOOD first aid kit. I haven’t needed one yet, but being able to deal with cuts, bites, sprains, and other minor injuries should be a high priority.
Plan for and test communications. If you’re away from the cabin, how are you going to call for help if you need it? A lot of places have spotty or no cell service, so plan on using local communications if at all possible. I am a ham radio operator and I always carry a handi-talkie with me. The ranch I live on has a number of people who use GMRS radios for their ranch duties, so I make sure that my HT can talk to them in an emergency. There are lots of ways to accomplish this, so pick a few.
That’s it for now. I look forward to your comments and suggestions.