Friday, February 6, 2015
This winter is totally different. There have been a few times I pulled on a sweatshirt in the early morning or late evening. Otherwise, the winter wear hasn't been out of its storage bid. I've rarely even worn socks, and when I do, it's for cushioning, not warmth. The sleeping bag has also stayed packed away. And I usually sleep just in my underwear.
It's not like the geography was radically different. I spent both winters in southwest Arizona, in the Parker-Quartzsite-Yuma corridor. The weather has been the only difference.
So, I wonder, which winter is more typical? Oldtimers say, "Oh yeah, it usually gets colder. There was a winter, two, three years ago, where it was in the teens. But that was extreme." Okay, so has this winter been an anomaly, or is it going to be the new normal? I know there are serious down sides to warmer winters (sorry, you folks who've been hit with blizzards), but from a purely selfish point of view, it sure makes full time camping more pleasant.