Nomad Life: Part 2

Seasons as a nomad.  Each one has its own challenges.

First off, winter, since we’re either headed into it or already there, depending on location.  If you’re on foot, you’re out in the cold, slogging through snow.  Sometimes fluffy white snow, other times hard and crunchy more akin to ice.  In a vehicle you’re at least inside, though a set of snow chains don’t go amiss this time of year, as well as driving slow and careful.  Watch out for black ice at any time, however.  And sleet, sheets of glare ice that send vehicles careening if their drivers aren’t extremely careful.  Someone on foot would be smart to stay inside if at all possible when its sleeting.

Maybe a trip to Arizona in the wintertime?  Nice and warm down there, or so I hear.

Next, spring.  The snow has turned to slush and muck, slippery and muddy.  On foot, its miserable and cold.  Hiding under bushes and in groves of trees to attempt to stay even half way dry.  The temperature might be higher than in winter, but its still bone chilling cold, especially if you have to sleep outside.  Vehicles still need to drive slow and careful, though the snow chains may no longer be necessary.  Don’t get rid of them though; there’s always next year.  As it warms up more, the ground thaws out and it isn’t quite as miserable outside.  People start planting gardens this time of year, though too early and the young plants still get frost bit at night.

On to summer.  Hot, hot, and more hot.  You’re more likely to hang out in the shade rather than full sun like winter or spring, otherwise you’ll overheat.  Well insulated vehicles with fans going are a great benefit… also driving to where its cooler than, say, Arizona in May.  Last time I was there it was 125F in the shade…. I about passed out walking from the truck to a store for a soda.  And I was thanking any and all gods I could think of that the a/c worked without a problem.

Summertime, getting and staying cool and hydrated is the main issue.  Rain is a benefit, whether a short downpour or slow drizzle over the course of days.  Shade is always a good thing, especially when you have to be outside for a long period of time.  Carrying drinks is a must, though you do want to avoid sodas; sugary drinks just make you more thirsty.

Summer’s the time a nomad wants to head north, where its cooler.

Lastly, fall.  Or autumn, as its also referred to.  About the reverse of spring, temperature drops, nights get colder, urging people to go inside and otherwise figure out how to get and stay warm.  Mucky slushy wanna-be snow, finding ways to stay out of same… time to head south again, just not so early in the season that you fry instead of being comfortably warm.

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