Self-Sufficiency

I’m still high up in the White Mountains of Arizona where it’s cool. Sometimes too cool. The night before last it was 35°! I was hanging out here until I received a general delivery package, and I got that yesterday, so I might be moving on tomorrow or Monday. I see some heavy winds forecast for early next week. I’d like to be where it’s less gusty, if possible.

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At a tiny spring like this I use a cup to fill the bag

The place I’m at now has a spring a quarter mile away and I don’t have to go to town every time I run out of water. I purify it with the Sawyer system: a gallon bag that hangs and drips through a filter into a container. I’ve used it extensively before when campground hosting in primitive places, for two months in Colorado and five weeks in Nevada. It works well.

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Set or hang the bag somewhere and be patient as it does its thing

The other thing that keeps me from making frequent trips to town is a solar charger to keep my gadgets functional. Actually, with the current situation where you can’t enter a coffee shop and plug into the wall socket I’m not sure what I would do if I didn’t have this. Sure, I can tap into the 12v accessory outlet while I’m riding the motorcycle but that’s not very efficient if I don’t need to go anywhere.

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A 28W fold-up portable solar panel system charging a 20000mAh battery

As long as the sun is shining I’m good to go! I have two auxiliary batteries—20000mAh and 25000mAh—that I try to keep topped off in case of days without much sunlight. So far so good.

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