Not exactly off-grid. I have a good cell signal and I’m only about 75 miles from Phoenix as the crow flies. But this is the first time I’m *not* overnighting at an RV campsite – other than 2 nights on the street in Flagstaff on my way to somewhere else.
Those 2 nights on the street were very different from this…
I’m so close to Phoenix, in fact, that I scoped out the location with my friend Lori yesterday just to make sure the road was passable with the trailer and that I could expect to find a spot to pull into and stay a while.
What I didn’t take into account was that I’d be pulling thousands of pounds up this mountain. Based on the scouting trip I expected to be a mile or two further uphill but my engine temp gauge was nearly pinned to ‘H’ so I took a little break and then crept a bit further to this spot.
And this spot doesn’t suck. It’s awesome. I could easily live here for a while. Except that I made the worst kind of rookie mistake you can make en route to an off-grid location. I forgot to fill my fresh water tank. It’s reading 1/3 full but I’m pretty sure it reads 1/3 full when it’s anything more than empty. Like a few drops more than empty. I guess I’m going to find out.
In the meantime, I did bring along plenty of drinking water and I have enough food for a couple of weeks.
I picked the trailer up from repairville in Mesa this morning but need to return one last time in a week or two for final AC work. They’ve finally agreed to add a second battery!
Weather-wise, it’s about 80 degrees right now, but it’s supposed to get down into the high 20s/low 30s overnight in a couple of days…with a chance of snow 🙂