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Bee Attack!

April 9, 2013  |  Airstream Blog

Awhile ago, I wrote a blog post about our hot water heater dripping outside of the trailer. At the time, we learned that it’s a normal thing that happens when the air gap disappears. This happens a lot less frequently now that we’re always boondocking and don’t keep the water heater on full-time.

Yesterday, Brian heard a dripping sound outside. He went to investigate and discovered the water heater was dripping. We followed the steps to resolve the issue and as a result a lot of water was released outside of the trailer.

It turns out that bees in the desert are very thirsty and sensed the water source immediately. Brian took the picture above early on, but after about 15 minutes we had a few hundred bees swarming the water heater.

bee-keeperWe didn’t want the bees crawling into anywhere they shouldn’t or telling their queen to come check out our trailer, so Brian put on his makeshift bee-keeper outfit and bravely went outside to shut the water heater door.

After a few hours the water dried up and the bees went away.

Dinner Last Night:
Lentil and chickpea salad with feta and tahini. One of my very favorite spice combinations is cumin and coriander. The quantities in the dressing seemed like a lot so I tasted as I added it in to the dressing and I think I only used about half what was called for. I also used kale instead of the parsley, figuring it would be a little more salad-like. Overall, it was great.

2013 Cost of Camping:
16 nights paid camping
82 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $495.75
Daily average cost of camping: $5.06


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  1. Ahhh! it’s the uni-bee bomber!

  2. Love the bee outfit! So glad water evaporates fast in the desert and the bees are gone.

    Smart idea to add kale instead of parsley. Definitely, a more filling salad. The dressing sounds wonderful.

    I was reading the Trader Joe’s newspaper and noticed that they now have a precooked lentil. They say they have managed to capture all the nutritional value. My daughter now uses them all the time. Makes life so much easier. Of course, I haven’t been near a Trader Joe’s since I read about them. Just thought I would pass it on if you are near a TJ’s.

    • We’ve had the pre-cooked lentils from TJ’s and they’re ok, though a bit dry and stuck together. The nice thing about lentils is you don’t have to soak them and they cook up really quick.

      We had another water heater situation today, we caught it faster and there were less bees. Not sure what’s going on. 2 months to go until our service appointment.

      Thanks as always for the comments Pam!

  3. We had the same problem last year, not with bees, but with mud wasps! But Kevin being the brave soul that he is managed to handle the problem while I huddled in the trailer. Although he didn’t have a cool outfit like Brian.

  4. Bees are so important….how about a water dish for them?

  5. This happened to us today…I was getting our new water heater tank working for the first time and doing the usual “why read the manual, I’ll just turn knobs until it works”. Ended up spraying water everywhere and they started swarming. Oddly enough we’re parked right next to a creek so maybe they just like propane flavored water?

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