Figuring out a new house is pretty much a full time job, it turns out. When you’re not fumbling around in the dark looking for light switched, you’re failing to operate the garbage disposal properly. That’s why it’s even more exhausting to be staying at a new home only briefly! By the time you finally have all the quirks worked out, you’d better believe it’s going to be time to pack up and hit the road again. I had just this experience over the past week while we were staying at a rental cabin in the mountains. Everything was great… except for the indoor cooling system. You see, try as we might, we could not get the central air conditioning system to keep the home comfortably cool and dry. The first night, we definitely set the bar too low. The air conditioner was barely powered on, and the amount of cool air that it provided us was negligible. The house was continually hot and humid, and no one was able to sleep easily that night as they boiled alive in bed. The next day, we decided we were going to teach that cooling system a lesson and cranked the AC up all the way. Well, that worked. It felt really wonderfully cool and fresh inside… until the ventilation cut out. We figured it was a simple problem, and the AC unit just needed a quick fix. The problem was, we couldn’t actually find the cooling system in this big, foreign house! It was a whole extra night of desperate heat and discomfort before we found the AC unit; locked away behind a tall, decorative fence outside. We never did manage to get the indoor cooling system working again before checking out.