it was Pretty windy today and the little sailboat looked like he was going about 100 miles an hour.
Today was spent off and on getting ready to leave tomorrow. My two weeks are up tomorrow so I have to hit the trail. I'm a little concerned about the wind because it's supposed to be blowing 20 or 30 miles an hour with gusts up to 40 for the next three days or so. It concerns me enough that if today wasn't a part of that forecast I would've left this morning.
I'm pretty sure if I talked to the Park Rangers it would be just fine if I had to stay a couple more days to avoid the wind, and I'm saving that option if other things don't work out. But since the wind is supposed to be coming from the Southwest it will be somewhat of a tailwind, but if it changes and starts coming out of the West a bit more, that will make pulling a trailer kind of dangerous and I would just stay here. Also the wind is not supposed to get too bad until the afternoon so if I leave early in the morning I should be in Socorro in an hour and a half and then I'll just wait it out in the Walmart parking lot.
I feel like I'm kind of in a "killing time" mode at the moment. I'm really looking forward to getting back to Denver and seeing my family again but I still need to stay in a warmer place for another two or three weeks, so in essence I'm kind of killing time waiting for Colorado to warm up.
Now that doesn't mean I can't still do things and have fun it just means that Colorado's calling me and no matter what I'm doing it's always in the back of my mind.
It's fun being in Colorado in the summer, I can't think of any other place I'd rather be. And the only downside to it is a lot of other people also feel that way, so Colorado gets pretty busy during the summer. Campgrounds are busy, national parks are busy, and the mountains are teeming with people. But fortunately they mostly go to the same places, so if you stay away from those places it's not too bad. So my advice for going to Colorado in the summer is the same as going to Quartzsite in the winter, if you get a mile from a paved road you'll be almost by yourself
All hooked up and ready to go, I'll soon be saying adios to Elephant Butte state Park.
I went to Walmart this afternoon to pick up a few things and filled up the truck with fuel on the way back. Since I'll probably be leaving on Tuesday I always like to hit the road with a full tank, whether I need it or not.
The only decision I've made so far as to where I'm going is I'm planning on going to the Socorro New Mexico Walmart for the night, which is a whopping 75 miles up I-25 from here From that point I can go East, West, or North, depending on how I feel when I wake up the next morning.
Most of the weekenders have left the Park already. They strangle into the park over the course of a couple of days but they all leave on Sunday, which puts a lot of traffic on the roads in and around the park. So I generally stay hunkered down until they're gone.
Contrary to what the weatherman said today was a pretty nice day. It got a little cloudy and breezy in the afternoon but nothing to write home about. So all in all the weekend which was supposed to be a rainy write off according to the weather guessers turned out to be very nice with nary a drop of rain to be seen.
While I was at Walmart I looked into their selection of ice chests, because I don't own an ice chest anymore. But if I take some little mini vacations and go tent camping I will obviously need one. When I owned a house I had all kinds of camping gear that I had accumulated over the years so laying my hands on a sleeping bag, a tent, or an ice chest was no problem at all, but all that stuff was given away or sold because I could see no reason why a full timer living in a trailer would need camping gear.... Little did I know.
Now here I am in need of camping gear and I think the only camping gear that I own at the moment is a box of matches. I don't mind buying the stuff that I need because I have someplace I can store it when I'm not using it, but I hate to spend a bunch of money on things that I'm not going to get much use out of. So maybe I need to expand on the concept of mini vacations and make them a part of my life, hmmmm, that does give me something to think about.
Folks getting ready to leave on Sunday as the clouds roll in. And the clouds kept on rolling without a single drop of rain
Instead of rainy and cloudy like the weatherman had predicted it's actually been very nice with a few puffy white clouds in the sky. I guess the locals knew that was going to happen because the Park is full of people.
Since I've had some comments on my idea of taking short trips into the Colorado mountains this summer without the Arctic Fox, I've been giving it a lot of thought today, especially about tents.
But a tent is not my only problem. I also have the odd problem of being unable to charge my 17 inch Asus laptop in the truck, and I have to have a laptop with me at all times, I'm addicted. The thing uses so much power that a normal 12 V cigarette lighter plug will not handle the amps it takes to charge the laptop. So not only do they not make a 12 V charger for the laptop, for that very reason, but you can't plug an inverter into the cigarette lighter plug and then plug the laptop into the inverter because the inverter overheats the cigarette lighter plug, I know because I've tried.
Now I could jury rig something like some number 10 wire with alligator clips on one end to hook to the battery and a female cigarette lighter plug on the other end to plug the inverter into, which would work but seems rather inconvenient.
I was thinking of just leaving my 17 inch Asus in the Arctic Fox and taking my little 13 inch Sony laptop with me to the mountains because it's battery lasts a looong time and is easily charged in the truck. But I had forgotten how old it is, so when I was messing with it the other day I found out I couldn't install some of the software on it like, Adobe Lightroom, that I need to work on my blog because the little Sony is just too old and slow to run it. I recognize the symptoms because I too am old and slow and things that used to work on me no longer work.
The most logical solution for this problem would be to buy a small relatively inexpensive laptop that has a Windows operating system on it that was made in this century. So now I apparently need to buy a tent and a computer just to go visit the mountains. I wonder how the pioneers kept their laptops charged up, they must've had solar panels on top of Their covered wagons.