The more remote the setting, the more hospitable and helpful the people seemed to be. On more than one occasion, we were invited in for a meal, and offered shelter for the night. For those of us accustomed to popping around the corner for bread and milk, or waiting until the gas gauge is approaching E to find a station, it's difficult to comprehend a lifestyle that requires a 60 mile drive just to obtain gas and groceries, but there still areas of the west where this is the case. Here, the only essential commodity that doesn't require a long drive or delivery vehicle is electrical power. Thanks to the ubiquity of electric power even in remote areas, we actually had more refueling options than a gas or diesel powered vehicle, which might have to drive for an hour to reach a service station.