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Saturday, December 26, 2009 - Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu NM

A Ghost Ranch Christmas, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu NM, December 25, 2009
A Ghost Ranch Christmas, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu NM, December 25, 2009

Ten below zero is cold for this old rig. When I opened the door and took a reading with my infrared thermometer this morning here at Ghost Ranch, that's what it read. My 3,000 watts of electric heat is barely adequate and would only hold the rig to about 60 degrees inside. That translates to a drafty 45 degrees down at floor level. Brrrrr...

Enjoy yesterday's picture - I skipped my pre-sunrise photo walk this morning.

[later] Interesting. By 10:30 or so the bright sunshine warmed the rig to the point I had to turn the electric heaters off. Around noon, thinking surely it was warm enough to go off for a hike, I took a temp reading outside the door. Amazingly, it was still only 10 degrees. Isn't solar insolation a wonderful thing?

Night camp

Ghost Ranch Campground, Abiquiu NM

Normal Damage

Personally, I've never been normal. But what I've only recently discovered is how much damage being made to feel I should be has done over the years. This is a revelation of the highest order and unspeakably liberating, once you've processed the accumulated side-effects.

from a Grack column by John H Farr, August 25, 2003

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