I took desert survival training a long time ago. I spent a few months in a very hot desert place out in a southwestern state. I remember nights cold enough that there could be frost and temperatures that soared over 100 degrees during the day. There were temperature swings on some days that were equal to around 100 degrees as it could go from 30 to over 120 in hours. I drove a vehicle in the desert that was specially outfitted for the environment. It had AC, but it was awful to use in that you felt worse after shutting it off and getting hit in the face with the desert heat again.
I learned to enjoy the shady spots and to shut down almost all activity during the hottest parts of the day. I became like the little mammals that survived out here moving only in the short windows of time where it was not too hot or too cold. (more…)