Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Luna Bar Strategy

This is a scene from one of the beautiful walks we took back at Chippokes Plantation... courtesy of Young William McLane...




Today is hot. Tomorrow... they say...will be cold. Then it will rain, possibly for days. People, the weather matters a lot when you live in a trailer. Wet means WET. It gets wet inside too. Wet sheets, wet towels that never dry, etc. I am not complaining (well, yes I am just not in a very loud voice,) I am merely pointing this out in case it had not occurred to you people living in "normal houses." We are dealing with this quite well. I am nervous as Hell about this Summer in New England with the humidity though. From our past experiences in Dolly (our old '83 VW Vanagon we used to travel in) the inside of your home can overnight become something of a petri dish growing mold. THIS is NOT GOOD. So we are looking for advice from anyone out there in the know.... what works best to abate moisture inside the trailer? Let the words of wisdom fly if anyone has any suggestions here... it would be greatly appreciated.

We are gearing up to leave Pocahontas State Park tomorrow morning to head up into the Blue Ridge Mountains for 5 days. Today I bought the Luna Bar which will lure the bear that will eat me to my backpack. It is a Lemon Zest flavored bar. I bought Billy a Carmel Nut Brownie one... there is my strategy. I think we alllll know which Luna Bar will smell tastier to Mr. (or Ms.) Bear. While Billy is "feeding" his Luna Bar to the bear... I will be catapulting myself down the steepest slope of the mountainside. It should all work out just fine.

We are both laying around nursing Cool Hand Luke belly aches. We had bought a whole watermelon and brought it home only to realize... "Hey! This thing won't fit in the fridge!" So we ate it. Almost the whole thing. I felt like I was participating in one of those competitions where some tiny Asian guy wins by packing away 57 hot dogs in 12 minutes. Only ours was a slow, leisurely packing away of the food item. The results are the same. A belly as tight as a bongo drum.

Word on the street has it we will have no cell signal up in them thar mountains so this will be the last post til Monday. This will also be the last post if bears prefer Lemon Zest to Carmel Nut Brownie.

5 comments:

David said...

Here's an idea I have from living on Nantucket where there are a zillion types of mold and mildew spores ...after you're done with morning chores in the trailer, close it up and turn the heat on for awhile. How long is trial and error, but this will dry things out. There are also bag type things to hang in the closet that absorb moisture. I've seen 'em in cabins in Maine. Happy (soggy) trails, guys!

Anonymous said...

If you have AC power you can put a heated matress pad on the bed. Run it in the summer to keep the sheets dry, turn it off at night. At the very least you climb into a dry bed at night. Nothing like getting cooled down form a shower before bed and climbing into damp sheets.

Bethany said...

Thanks for the advice everyone! David... we have been doing the heat in the morning thing... I can never really tell if it is working or not?! Maybe we need to leave it on longer. And yes...damp sheets at any moment on any day are a sad, low experience indeed. I have many a New England morning when I woke up feeling like an amphibean strangled in wet sheets.

Anonymous said...

How about an ac? it wont be too cold in Mass this time of year. I guess the trailer doesn't have one but you might be able to pick up a small window unit and plug it in when you park. I grew up on the cast of Mass. we had a dehumidifier in the basment taking out about 2 gallons a day. We never rally had a mold problem We kept the windows open most of the time. Used fans on the really hot days. Stagnant air is just as bad as humid. Now if you are going to Nantucket , that's a different story. I'd deffinatly try the ac

Bethany said...

We actually DO have an AC. I guess I did not even think of it as a way to regulate the humidity....mostly because I hate being in an air conditioned environment so I don't even think of the thing. I will now remember to use it on the really muggy days even if it does make my skin crawl!! Better that than a moldy trailer!