When one plans a yearlong camping trip, one should be prepared for bugs. But I’m shocked at how many bugs end up in our bed! Mostly we find moths, ants, and mosquitoes. Today as I lay down for an afternoon siesta, I pushed my hair off my face and felt something crinkly. Assuming it was a leaf, I extracted the crinkly thing from my hair, only to find myself holding a 2 inch long beetle! Of course I shrieked like the brave adventurer I am, and dropped the beetle on my pillow. Pillow in hand, I darted for the door and wrestled the giant beast to the ground. I have NO idea where it came from, but I hope never to find any of his bretheren in my bed (or hair) again.
This morning we awoke to find our cooler humming along at 3 degrees Fahrenheit, just *slightly* below the 36 degree set point. All of our food was frozen solid; eggs, jam, cucumber salad, last night’s risotto. Running this cold could quickly exhaust our batteries. We unplugged the cooler, and attempted to call tech support. Of course, everything is closed on Sunday. When we returned to camp, we perfomed a last-ditch, drastic maneuver, and pulled out the instruction book. We think we may have put our supply tubs too close to the condenser coils (due to bear country restrictions) and when we improved the air circulation the cooler returned to normal function. Another disaster narrowly averted.
Of course, we still had a cooler full of frozen food. At dinner time, I rigged up a bain-marie (bowl over a pot of boiling water), and attempted to thaw the rissotto-berg. It took a while, but our efforts succeeded. I realize that people survived just fine before microwaves, but I miss having one!