I have been a Minnesota resident all of my life, braved the cold winters and the humid summers. It is spring and autumn that keeps me from leaving. The changing seasons are something I wouldn't want to live without. Thunderstorms, leaves changing color, spring flowers, no venomous insects, spiders or snakes... these are all things I appreciate about this state. Mosquitoes, below zero temperatures and humid summers are not enough to force me to leave.
The winters here can be charming. I wouldn't want to spend Christmas in a state that doesn't have snow on the ground. But this year I am weary of the cold and it's only just begun! I am looking at the 10 day forecast and we are suppose to have a few nights below 0ºF. Living in a Travco has its advantages, but extreme cold is not one of them. We are on wheels, but we cannot head south until we have taken care of some client commitments and spend the holidays with family.
I joked with Edwige that living in our Travco is like living in a submarine. That seems to be more true than I originally thought! We have to monitor our batteries, plumbing and heaters as if our life depended on it. I guess it also reminds me of the movie Apollo 13... anyway, I didn't realize that some of the hardware I got to maintain our systems could also be detrimental to the system. I'm specifically referring to a trickle charger for our deep cycle battery. It seems that if plugged in too long, it can damage the battery. I'm almost afraid to use our batteries for fear that we'll either deplete them or overcharge them.
The upcoming cold spell is going to be a test. If we survive that without damaging the grey water tank and pipes, I'll be delighted.
But then there is the coming snow...