|Petruchio in the seaside resort of Padua|
I know I read this play in highshool, but didn't remember much of it going into the theater. The gist of it is that the best way to win the heart of a woman and have a loving and obedient wife is to use starvation and mental abuse. I'm guessing Will would not get any stamp of approval from the National Organization for Women. Then again, no one with male genitalia gets their stamp of approval, so he's probably not losing any sleep over it. As for following his formula in my own life, I don't think so. I have to sleep sometime and have no wish to be Bobbitized.
On the way back to the motorhome after the play, about halfway up the hill, we started to get some rain sprinkles. Then we started to get some slush. And by the time we got to the top of the pass there was white fluff falling from the sky at a pretty good clip. We found ourselves camping in snow again. Not a lot of snow, mind you, but enough to make me start thinking about the prospect of driving down that twisty, steep road in a 37 foot long brick when we leave here.
It is surprising to me how much variation there is among the different weather reports you can access online. Predicted overnight lows ranged from 30° all the way down to 24°, depending on which website you went to. But all of them agreed that it was going to be below freezing. As I discussed a couple of days ago, we got the water lines emptied out and the motorhome buttoned up so we could stay warm and cozy. Or so we thought.
|Our campsite on Sunday|
We put on warm clothes and bundled up in blankets while we watched "Lincoln" on the video. Then we went to bed because there were more blankets in the bedroom.
We actually did not do too horribly. The dogs have an electric heating pad under their bed, as does Vicki. I sleep pretty warm and have better-than-average insulation, so I did okay overnight without any electrical help. In the morning, we discovered that the heat coming from the fake fire had actually kept the interior temperature from going below 50°, but that was still a goodly number of degrees cooler than we wanted it to be. I started fiddling with the thermostat, getting the blower on the furnace to turn off and on about a dozen times and, miracle of miracles, it finally lit.
|Our campsite on Tuesday afternoon|
So we took Wednesday as a snow day, lazing around and accomplishing as little as possible. On the bright side, the forest here was beautiful in the snow, which we continued to get flurries of off and on throughout the day. But by midday it was around 42° and there was more water dripping off the branches than ice accumulating on them. It froze again overnight last night but warmed up a little today and when we drove down to Ashland for lunch and to use the Wi-Fi in their library, the road was completely clear. So I expect we will be able to get out of here with no problem on Saturday to go meet Lyle and Linda in Portland.
So we seem to have survived our first snow camping experience in the Allegro none the worse for wear. That being said however, our long-term plan is to try and do our routing and timing as much as possible to avoid freezing temperatures. Hopefully it will not be an issue over the rest of the summer so we will have to see how things go come December.