Today was a rainy chilly day I don't think it made it up to 60° today. But at least the clouds made my pictures look different than just more clear blue sky pictures.
The rain and the cold wind kept me indoors for most of the day. I went outside this morning and took a few pictures but the wind was so cold it was making my eyes water and it's hard to take a picture when you can't see anything.
It's definitely getting less crowded around here now, I wasn't sure about it before but now I see sites open all the time. I could move to a nicer boondocking site if I wanted to but I kind of like being off by myself the way I am now. But I have to admit there are other secluded sites that are actually very close to people but because of the rocks you probably can't hear or see them. But unfortunately a lot of them are too shady for me. The rocks are so large they would cast a shadow on the solar panels for most of the day.
It was a cloudy day today, but that's okay, I get tired of clear blue skies everyday.
I had to walk up a little hill to get this picture, That's the Arctic Fox in its boondocking spot right in the middle of the picture. Notice how there's no one around me. I wonder why that is ?
Another nice day today although I have found that the afternoons tend to get a little breezy by 2 or 3 o'clock.
Things are calming down at the City of Rocks and I'm starting to see empty sites as I walk around the neighborhood. Although it's hard to tell for sure because some sites can be reserved so they may have a camper that doesn't actually have to be here, but in general it feels like there's less activity going on and the Camp Host doesn't have that deer in the headlights look that she had the day I got here.
As I get more experience living the full-time lifestyle the more I've come to the realization that its not that much different than living a normal life in a home that's attached to the ground. When I first started full timing I think I felt that the places I went were going to provide me with endless amounts of fun and excitement but the fact is new places are only new for a few days and then they just become... normal.
The City of Rocks is a good example because its no different than all the other state parks I've have been in. When you first get here you look around and you see lots of rocks, big rocks, medium rocks, and little rocks. And you think to yourself, think of all the fun I can have with this many rocks. And for a few days it is fun. You walk around the rocks, you walk through the rocks, you climb up on a rock, and you take pictures of the rocks, and pretty soon you're telling yourself, well I've done about everything there is to do with a rock, now what?
And that's when it hits you that you're not on vacation, that you can't have fun with the rocks for a few days and then get in your car and go home, you actually have to live a normal life among the rocks. You have to cook dinner, vacuum the trailer, and do laundry, all while living with the rocks. So what ends up happening is your living a perfectly normal life except that when you look out your window... You see rocks. Other times you look out your window and see mountains, or a beach, or a forest, but your life remains the same you're still cooking and cleaning and buying groceries,
So what I've learned from all of this is, slow down, when you get to a new place don't try to do all of the fun stuff the first few days, your probably going to be there a couple of weeks save some fun stuff for later.
This is your life, not a vacation. Don't feel guilty for sitting around doing absolutely nothing. Embrace your inner laziness, be proud of it, and when you meet someone say, Hi, I'm Tom and I'm lazy.
Except the fact that being in a new place will only make you happy for a few days, or maybe a few hours in some cases, then the newness wears off and suddenly the excitement is all gone and you're left sitting there in your RV with nothing to do except make plans on leaving tomorrow for a place that will make you happy for a few more days.
Happiness is, and always has been, an inner peace that's in your own mind. It will not be found in a new place, or a new thing, it's been covered up and buried by the stress and responsibilities of living a normal life. But once you go full time the problems that have buried your happiness will slowly fall away and if you look carefully you will find out it's still there just waiting to be used.
Orange contrail. I'll bet the folks in that airplane got a beautiful view of the sunset.
Was a nice day today so I went into Silver city and did some sightseeing and shopping. Silver city appears to be a growing and thriving town. It's about 6000 feet in altitude which must keep it at least a little bit cooler in the summer than the surrounding area so I imagine they get a fair amount of tourists in the summer.
As usual there's a new part of the town where the Walmart, banks and things like that are, and then there's the old historic downtown. if you go to the old downtown area you see an immediate difference from towns that don't get many tourists like Del Rio Texas for instance and Silver city where the historic downtown is thriving. It's amazing the difference tourists can make in a town.
I don't think I saw a single empty building downtown, every one is fixed up, painted up, and open for business. Since I got there on a Sunday morning before 10 o'clock there wasn't much of anything open, which is fine with me because there's less people and cars to deal with. And since Silver city considers itself an artsy kind of town most of the shops didn't interest me anyway. As a matter of fact when you live in an RV hardly any cutesy tourist shops are going to have anything that you would want to use or store with the limited space you have available.
Silver city is an interesting place. There are other things that I would like to see when I'm there the next time. But it's about a 30 mile drive to get to town so I don't know if I'll be going back there again on this trip. But I did learn enough about the town to want to give it some more attention in the future.
The historic downtown area Silver City New Mexico
Colorful shops Silver City New Mexico
Historic downtown area Silver City New Mexico
Historic downtown area Silver City New Mexico
Historic downtown area Silver City New Mexico On a Sunday morning