Let's see. What have we been up to?
Well, we're still in San Angelo State Park, and one morning we had a gorgeous sunrise.
We've been having cold nights and warm days. On a cold morning, our electric fireplace just went off - it just stopped. We've had to replace the on/off switch on that thing every few years and we figured it was the same issue. The manufacturer just sends us free replacement switches when we need them and the last time they sent us two, so we had a back-up.
We took the fireplace apart and found that one of the wires connected to the switch had melted. That wasn't good. There are four wires that connect to the switch which has two prongs. They use something called a "piggyback disconnect terminal" to be able to connect two wires to one prong. We have a small electrical kit with lots of parts, but there is no "piggyback" in there.
We spent an hour or so one afternoon going to Lowe's, Tractor Supply, electrical supply stores, hardware stores, and auto parts stores looking for the "piggyback" type of disconnect. We finally found what we needed at NAPA auto parts.
Linda stripped the wire, installed the new disconnect and a new switch, and we were back in business.
While we've been here, Linda has cooked a rack of ribs in her Instant Pot (which I have requested as a standard meal every two weeks) and she made another cheesecake. This time it's a lemon cheesecake with a crumbled lemon Oreo topping.
She has become a master of the Instant Pot cheesecake.
I've been watching a lot of college football and basketball, and we've been doing some reading. Just hanging out and taking it easy over the weekend.
A couple of weeks ago, on a cold morning, Linda turned on her heater in the Jeep and discovered it wasn't working. The fan worked, but there was no heat and the manual temperature control dial wasn't allowing her to adjust one way or the other.
With a massive cold front coming in, we decided we'd better get that fixed. On Monday, we took off the panel in the Jeep and checked all the connections on the back behind the dial, but we really didn't know what we were doing.
I called the Carr Clinic here in San Angelo and they said to bring it by. They warned me it could be an easy fix or it could require dash removal and expensive parts.
We dropped off the Jeep and it was, fortunately, an easy fix. Apparently, when we had the air conditioning system replaced this summer, a connector under the dash wasn't plugged back in. We hadn't needed the heater and hadn't thought to check it until recently. The nice guys at Carr Clinic diagnosed it and fixed the problem in about ten minutes, and we had them do an oil change as well. Whew, that was a relief.
Monday's temperature reached 80, but we're supposed to have a high only in the low 50s on Tuesday. I decided to do a night drive around the park before the cold front kicked in to see if we could spot any animals.
At dusk, we stopped by the wildlife viewing shack and there were a half dozen or so Javelinas. Unfortunately, they ran off when they heard us enter. We watched birds for a little while and then moved on.
Before it got too dark, we saw some deer including this nice buck.
After dark we saw a lot more deer as we drove all the park roads and used our strong flashlight to scan the roadside. There were green deer eyes everywhere, but we never saw any of the other wildlife known to be here.
That's all we've been up to.
We're not sure about our plan to visit the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The change in the weather has us re-thinking - not too keen on boondocking with temps falling into the low 30s and maybe even the 20s at night. We tend to be fair-weather boondockers, so we'll just have to see as the days progress.
That's it for now and we'll have to see where we end up in the next couple of days.