It's been over 15 years since I have been so cold. The nightly temperatures hover around 0 degrees F. The day temperatures reach the mid 20's. We were not prepared for this extreme weather. Our water pipes all froze on the trip here from Napa, CA. We pulled into Iron Horse RV Resort on Nov. 29th. It was dark, so we waited until Monday to worry about the problem. We spent our first full day here scrambling to figure out how to thaw our water pipes. We bought drop lights but that didn't work, then a small heater that worked. Unfortunately, it caused another issue. The kitchen sink hot water pipe began leaking. Water froze immediately as it ran down the outside of the rig. Now we have a huge icicle under our slide. I am grateful that we have tile floors because carpet would have been soaked. This is day 3 out of 13. We woke up to find the electric heated water supply hose froze last night because we forgot to let water drip in a sink. After some adjusting, I was able to get the water to work.
We don't own warm enough winter gear. I, literally, have pain in my toes when I walk outside. Elko doesn't have a store that sells extreme cold weather boots. Really?! My pretty leather gloves are useless. My leather faux fur lined coat is the only thing keeping me from freezing to death.
The only one not effected by the cold is Lyra. She still wants to go for long walks. This is her first snow experience. She doesn't like to walk in it and watching her try to walk on ice is hilarious. She had made a "friend" with a free range cat in the park. They sit under the rig and stare at each other.
We did find time to explore the town and countryside on Monday. We jumped in the Jeep and headed for some snow covered trails. The mountainous landscape is breathtaking.
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.