By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 1/26/2021
Occurred: 5/2/2020
Topics/Keywords: #Coronavirus #Maui Page Views: 220
Doing laundry off the grid. No rivers or rocks were involved. Also, cows!

While Jenny and the kids were staying at a B&B in Pa'ia, Keith and I would do our laundry there while we bought groceries and supplies. But with Jenny back in Arizona, and no B&B, it was time to figure out how to work the washer and dryer Zach had previously bought for the purpose.

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Since I was also moving a few items into storage in the Solar Shed, I wound up making several trips up and down the slope between our cabin below and Zach's container above. Ella and Lilly love to run with the quad…to a point. I haven't found Lilly's point yett, but Ella is good for one or two runs, and then she sits.

So this is the washing machine. It's designed for an RV, so its power consumption is minimal. I had to canibalize the gender-bender connector purchased for the solar shower to connect the hose. As I've noted previously, since so much black pipe is above ground, by the time the water gets to the container it's actually hot. So it was perfect for the washing machine (with biodegradable detergent, naturally).

Keith came up on the quad, having cut his own hair, for me to inspect for loose ends, and to take a shower. Look at him! All barefoot and comfortable in this new environment.

After about 50 minutes, the wash was done. I moved the clothes into the dryer, plugged it in, and started it. There's no exhaust hose so tomorrow I'll move both units so their backs are to the container doors. Then when it's wash time, all I have to do is open the doors.

Stepping outside to see if the clouds were holding off (rain was predicted throughout the day), I was surprised to see the cows were browsing this level.

My surprise was due to two factors: 1) They hadn't been up here earlier, and usually move at night; and 2) Lilly was with me and hadn't alerted me to their presence. Apparently, to her, the container isn't "home", but rather a place she visits, like the dog park. So she is no longer trying to herd them.

I removed the hose from the washer so Keith could use it to shower. However, the sound of the water splashing attracted attention from the cows.

Here's Lilly calmly watching them. This herd has quite a few calves.

But even Lilly backed off when the whole herd came to find out if there was anything to drink.

Finally I took pity n them, flipped the bathtub over, and let the pipe pour into it. Look at this, the cows are not only queued up, they seem to be practicing social distancing as well!

The babies couldn't reach the small amount of water at the bottom of the tub. But I didn't worry about that too much, because they get to drink all the milk they want.