Friday, January 11, 2013

Catalina State Park, Oro Valley, Arizona. How the other half lives.

I'm irritated. It's cold, and how much souther can we go without special insurance?

Where we are tonight:



Where we were two years ago tonight:


Where no one should be tonight:











We've been comfortable with 30° nights, but that's our limit.

Can you do 29°?
Well, yes.
How about 28°?
Okay, maybe.
What about...
NO.

So, we booked a few nights in the Catalina State Park, where electricity flows like water, and water flows like that, too. With electric heaters at our disposal, we can keep inside temps reasonable overnight.

We uncovered the surge protector and the lock. The next ten minutes was a vocational aptitude test that indicated none. Annie walked away and remembered how we did it a year ago, last time we sucked power from an outlet.

With hot showers for the taking and cheesy romance novels in the book swap, forward our mail to Easy Street, The Park, Arizona.




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41 comments:

Texas Yellow Rose said...

Decadent. Or is that duckadent? Stay snug.

Teri said...

I hope you have heat tape or you unhook the water at night. Sometimes you gotta use hookups. At least there is no snow, right? Hope its not windy.

GiGi said...

A gree. Flagstaff is uninhabitable right now. Cuddle up for the next couple of days. Warmer temps are on their way!

GiGi said...

A gree. Flagstaff is uninhabitable right now. Cuddle up for the next couple of days. Warmer temps are on their way!

The Good Luck Duck said...

LWT, I hope you don't have to go anywhere after dark. That's gross.

Right, Teri, we're not hooked up to water right now. We'll use what we have onboard, then fill up before we leave.

Very duckadent, Betty. Nice one. :D

Brenda A. said...

Man oh man.....six years of living there and we never saw temps that low. Guess we picked the right winter to leave! You probably don't want to know that we're enjoying temps in the mid 80's during the day and dipping down to about 60 overnight.

We did have many nights when we first arrived here that went down to 29 or so. And I did not handle it well. And that's WITH a combo of propane heat, electric heat and heated mattress pad & blanket. So in my book you deserve a freaking award for dealing with that!

Signed Brenda, the world's biggest weenie when it comes to cold

The Good Luck Duck said...

And yet, Brenda, now I know it anyway.

Seriously, Arizona?

Kimbopolo said...

I'm cold and a little irritated too. And, frankly, feeling a bit betrayed by this aberrant weather.

Glad you ducks are on-the-grid for now. And not in Flagstaff.

Laurie and George said...

We really enjoyed Catalina. Apparently we were at the 4th Avenue street fair the same time you guys were..surprised we didn't run into you!
I hear ya, sister. We didn't sign up for this cold weather. We both said shorts & flip-flops for us, and we are bundled up here in California :(

The Good Luck Duck said...

Do you have power there, Kim? We have every right to be annoyed - we were sold a warm bill of goods!

You were at the 4th Street Fair, Laurie? Why didn't you wave?

Donna K said...

Yikes, you are no warmer than we are. Hopefully this cold front will be moving on and we'll all warm up.

klbexplores said...

well I checked out all kinds of interesting info at Catalina State Park. I round everything but the rates... I was ready to add it to my, lets go there chilly someday. I just laid an egg! Stay warm!!

Karen Snyder said...

Weather is just weird everywhere -- January 11th and for two days we've had temps above 50!! This time of the year when I was a kid we were hip deep in the white stuff -- well, maybe not that much, but snow is the norm for mid-January HERE, not in southern CA, etc. where they seem to be getting it in spades! Hope the big chill won't last long there in your neck of the woods. Stay warm! :)

Pat said...

Heck, I put up with 110 degree days so I can have perfect winters and I get cold instead. Even our bushes have blankets on.

JO said...

OH come on suck it up. Or really this does suck!
There isn't any better stuff further south either. I don't do this kind of cold and I don't do extreme heat. I went out there about and hour ago I thought I was transported back to the east coast. Maybe finishing that box of wine will help

Gaelyn said...

Sometimes you just have to bite the bit, or in this case 110. I have two electric heaters pointed at me, three layers of clothing, a fleece blanket, the electric blanket warming the bed and turn on the propane furnace when my nose starts to freeze. I'm heading south of the equator much earlier next year. Stay warm ducks.

Anne Sigalet Henderson said...

Put those cats to work warming your feet - or wear one around your neck like a scarf. They mooch off you all year long -time for them too earn their room and board !

Anne Sigalet Henderson said...

Put those cats to work warming your feet - or wear one around your neck like a scarf. They mooch off you all year long -time for them too earn their room and board !

The Good Luck Duck said...

I completely agree, Anne. Although one grooms me obsessively and makes me self-conscious about my hygiene. I don't want her getting more conscientious.

You'll be in late-summer weather there, won't you Gaelyn? Comparable latitude to home?

Jo, you'd better nuke that wine before you drink it if you expect it to heat you up. THEN suck it up.

And plants just don't like that, Pat. They feel humiliated by ill-fitting clothing. It's not right that you folks don't get payoff.

Where are you, Karen S?

KLB Karen, the electric sites are $25 (!) a night, and non-electric are $15. Campground campers would say that's normal, but boondockers let out a little quack at such prices.

Donna, we're no warmer, but we're much more indignant. Got the heaters going now.

Karen Snyder said...

Northern IN (LaGrange, about 10 miles south of MI state line)... We've had minimal snow, which is fine by me--I'm NOT fond of shoveling it--but it's probably not a good thing when you think about the long term; drought conditions here were pretty nasty much of last summer, and this lack of snow can't be helping the overall water table. By the way, I'm here ONLY because of family ties; parts of my heart are in a variety of other far-flung places. :)

Karen and Al said...

I hope it warms up soon for you two.

VtChris said...

80 degrees and blue skies here in Florida.....just sayin'

The Odd Essay said...

This morning it's 62 degrees (Ft Worth, TX)... the warmest it's been in weeks! But I'd still rather be in the desert in Arizona!

Bob said...

I don't know what to tell you. Feel bad.
No, really.
It's below freezing here, but that's expected.
At least there are places where you can go to "plug in".
Take extra long showers. Why not?
Otherwise, bundle up.

Sherry said...

A YEAR since you had plug in electric? Really?? Fantastic. I hear if you move on over to California it's in the upper 80's. And you'll be happy to know that on the Disney bus the driver and a passenger assured each other global warming was not a true fact.

Soaring Sun said...

Sly and I stayed at Catalina last winter when we took the Guppy for an explore around the Tucson area. You are very close to Biosphere 2. Interesting place to visit.

Jac said...

Flagstaff? a mere 6 below this morning--for my friend up in Hopi? 17 below,, the lowest temp in the state! I'm glad you went somewhere with hookups & can be a bit warmer. Nothing in the desert to retain heat & no cloud cover to help. So, for me--I'm in triple layers. It's a charming look. I'm thinking of trying out for the Michelin Tire mascot job.

6-bleen-7 said...

Amazingly, it's nearly 60 °F here right now. We get one more day of this lovely weather, and then the icy grip of winter will once again tighten around our throats.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Why, oh why did we think Arizona was warm? -17° is the temperature at which all life disintegrates. It's in a textbook, written by a Disney bus driver and his passenger.

Right, Sue, we did pass that. I would like to check it out.

Sherry, I feel relieved to hear this about global climate change. It may have been recently discussed by the experts on talk radio. Yeah, we were in a somber little RV park in Orange, Texas last time we hooked up. No boondocking there, and an armload of cremains to dispose of.

Why not? Why not! At least the Sun is still up there in the blue sky, Bob, and there are some beautiful mountains to stare at. And, I have extra clothes.

Sharon, I'd take 62°. But, that means I'd have to take Ft. Worth, and I'm not ready for that kind of commitment. Truthfully, I'd rather be here in the desert, too, just as soon as it knocks this stuff off.

Chris: RAZZBERRY Where abouts are you these days?

Me too, Karen - thanks!

Karen S., Annie's "people" are in IN, too, but at the south end. Neither Annie's heart nor her body are there.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Bleen, I hope we warmed up the icy blast for you.

Contessa said...

You made the right move. Next step Mexico.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Annie did say last night she was tempted by your sunset shots.

Merikay said...

We bailed on our Arizona exploration. Headed West to warmer Santa Barbara. Still not very warm, but our hose won't freeze tonight.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Arizona is not explorer-friendly this week. We didn't dare hook up a hose. It was 16° here last night!

Brigitta said...

I hear ya! After a winter in Oregon (don't ask), a spring in Washington and a summer in Alaska (I know, what were we thinking. Not, I guess) we too were lured to Arizona! Having learned from the past we even made sure to pick a low elevation and whatdidweget...28F last night!! On top of that I got the flu, after 10 years of not even as much as a cold!
Arizona.. bah humbug!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Not the flu, TOO! I know. You thought enough of these crazy destinations; let's go to southern Arizona for the winter! This should not have to be rocket science, Arizona.

wheelingit said...

Oh tickle me silly you are COLDER than we are!! 16 degrees.....argh!! That's duck-unfriendly for sure. I just read your blog a little while after writing mine complaining about the exact same thing. Come back AZ heat!!
Nina

wheelingit said...

By the way I must warn you we are headed your way like blood-hounds on a duck trail. If we see feathers in the windshield we are coming to visit. That is, if you don't manage to escape first :)
Nina

The Good Luck Duck said...

Nina, consider us WARNED! We will leave feathers around any campsite as extra clues to our location!

Michael Ultra said...

I'm cold, too. I guess I'm heading South.

Gaelyn said...

I'll be in full summer, south of the equator in 20 days. :D

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