An eerie light glows from the attic of what appeared to be an abandoned mountain cabin.
I'm going to be leaving on my mini-vacation to search for the elusive, but extremely tall, Sandhill Crane around the middle of next week. I think I'll be gone for about a week or slightly less. The weather looks okay, high 60s, low 70s in the daytime, but at night it's going to be in the 20s. So if I'm outside near daybreak or sunset, I will expect it to be below freezing.
I'm looking forward to this mini-vacation because I've learned to really enjoy going someplace with a purpose instead of going someplace just for a new view. Of course, it can't be just any purpose. For instance, I wouldn't enjoy driving 200 miles to see a doctor. So it needs to be a place that has an enjoyable reason to be there, such as a rodeo, an RV show, taking pictures of a weird bird. Anything that will give me an enjoyable reason to be at that location for a while.
I'm thinking about living my entire winter travel season based on that philosophy. I don't know if that's possible, but it might be fun to try. The crowds of RVs that I expect to find on the roads this winter might make that travel concept a little tricky, as would the Bat flu problems that may or may not still be hanging on this winter.
Many RVers plan they're traveling around specific events; the Big Show in Quartzsite is an excellent example of this. I would imagine many folks go to "Q" every year strictly to be there for the Big Show and not necessarily for the great boondocking all around Quartzsite. I would think the humongous Balloon Festival in Albuquerque would be the same way. As would the various RV clubs and groups that meet all over the country. So I'm definitely not the first to come up with the "traveling with a purpose" concept.
And speaking of the Big Show in "Q," walking around in the giant tent hasn't interested me in quite some time. Now with the Bat flu still causing problems, I'm even less inclined to be packed into a tent with hundreds of people breathing on each other, with barely enough room to move around.
Now I do enjoy the fleamarket stuff outside the tent, and scattered around town, but I think the big tent might have problems gathering a crowd this year. I believe they could get more customers if they didn't put up the tent and just let the tent vendors stand outside as the rest of the vendors do. But the folks that rent out the tent space to the vendors wouldn't make any money, so that's not likely to happen. But what they might do is limit the number of people that can go in the tent at one time, which will lead to some incredibly long lines outside... I'm sure glad going in that tent doesn't interest me anymore.
My grandson finally slowed down long enough for me to get a picture.