The Walmart parking lot in Fort Stockton Texas which has been my home for a couple of days
It's been a pretty boring day today, when I woke up it was cloudy and rainy so I decided to just sit here in the Walmart parking lot for one more day. I'm in no hurry, and I have no place I need to be so I might as well be here as anyplace else, after all wherever I Park is home.
The downside of that is there's not a whole lot to do living in a Walmart parking lot. Shopping is obviously close by but you get all that done on the first day you arrive, and after that there is not much left to do.
It would be nice if I felt comfortable unhooking the trailer and driving around doing some sightseeing. But I try not to do that unless I absolutely have to, because I understand that Walmart is not a campground and I'm very grateful to them for letting me stay here so I don't want to do anything that would mess that up, for myself or for other RVers.
This Walmart has a Walmart gas station in the parking lot that even sells diesel fuel, not only that but at $2.29 it's the cheapest diesel fuel I've seen since I left Colorado. Texas is kind of weird, years ago when I was traveling a lot Texas was one of the cheapest places to buy gas when I would be going from Colorado to Florida but in the last few years Texas has become one of the most expensive places to buy gas in my travels. I'm not sure why that is maybe Texas raised their gas tax or something.
I'm looking forward to getting down to Corpus Christi, and I think the first place I go will be the Padre Island National Seashore. I was there about 15 or 20 years ago and remember it as being a very inexpensive place to boondock, and it should be even cheaper now that I have a "Geezer Pass". You can camp right on the beach or you can camp in a large paved parking lot. When I went there long time ago I was in a four-wheel-drive pickup with a slide in camper and I felt pretty safe from sinking into the sand going just about anywhere on the beach. But now with the somewhat portly Arctic Fox I'm not sure if I want to risk it and I may just wimp out and boondock in the parking lot.
The beach sand will support large heavy vehicles without a problem, and they'll be plenty of class A motorhomes, and large fifth wheels parked on the beach, but there's only a certain area of the beach where you can safely park and if you get off of that area you sink. And one of the problems is that area can change depending on how high the tides are. Not only that but the closer you are to the water the better your chance of having saltwater sprayed all over your RV, and that's a bad thing.
So I might just boondock in a parking lot and use my Yamaha WR450 for having fun on the beach.
The Arctic Fox Boondocking in a Walmart parking lot at Fort Stockton Texas