Today's priorities: beer recovery and engine care.
Roundtrip mileage from home in North Carolina to Reno and Black Rock City, Nevada = 5700 miles (9173 km) towing a 27 foot (8.2 meter) travel trailer. Whew! I'm afraid to tally up the fuel receipts. The bill will come soon enough. Driving across almost the entire USA to get to a week-long extreme desert camping event like Burning Man is quite an ordeal.
Image #1: The beer. This was all we had left over, so I unloaded it from the trailer today and it's now in my house refrigerator. Heavy items like beer and water are better purchased near to the destination, so we got three cases of canned beer in Reno, Nevada. It's best to get enough for yourself, plus have plenty to offer to guests that drop by to see you at Burning Man. Canned beer is better than bottles due to the weight reduction, plus you can stomp the cans flat afterwards and drop them off for recycling. You have to take out everything you take into the festival, so cans win. Breaking a bottle in the desert is a big no-no anyway. You'd have to pick up every little piece of glass. It's a "leave no trace" event. The desert must remain pristine after everyone leaves. Litter is called MOOP (Matter Out Of Place). No MOOP allowed!
Image #2: The engine from my pickup truck. It's still completely whited out from the desert dust. The only clean area is the oil filler cap from where I just changed the oil today. I change the oil and filters prior to departure, then change them all again after the trip. Towing a travel trailer results in a very hot engine sometimes, so I use synthetic oil and premium factory filters (Mopar). We always overheat the engine at least once in the Nevada deserts, usually when it's about 114 F (45.5 C) outside, and we've been ascending a steep grade for half an hour at full throttle. Pulling over and racing the engine with the hood open is the way to cool it. You watch the temp gauge. If you wait until the engine is steaming, you've waited way too long.
I change the oil myself. I can do it in half an hour and not have to drive somewhere and wait for it to be done. I also am paranoid about shops using cheap oil and filters or maybe botching the job. If I do it myself, I know it's right, and I can use champagne parts at beer prices!