There was a decent sunset last night, not spectacular, but decent
I got to the Fort Stockton Texas Walmart about 2 o'clock o'clock in the afternoon, but I went through a time change so that meant it was 3 o'clock. One hour of my life gone, I don't know where it went, and I didn't get a chance to enjoy it.
I'm really glad to be out of New Mexico, I'm hoping my luck will change now that I'm in Texas and the weather will be warmer. As I was leaving Brantley Lake state Park this morning at about 9 o'clock it was 22° which to me is totally amazing considering how far south Brantley Lake is.
I called Padre Balli County Park on Padre island this afternoon and they assured me the campground is still open. Since their website is down I wasn't sure, so it looks like I'm still heading in that direction.
I came the long way to get to Fort Stockton just so I could avoid Highway 285, locally known as the Highway of death. There was still a lot of oil workers and oil tankers on the roads I was on but the roads were in much better condition because I guess they don't get as much oil business traffic as 285 does which is the quickest and shortest way through that part of the oil fields.
All the little towns I went through like Jal, Hobbes, Eunice, and others, seem to exist strictly for the oil trade. Oil company trucks, oil tankers and young oilfield workers filled the little towns. And quickly built mobile home parks full of RVs and the roughnecks that live there were everywhere, as were the Man-Camps for the single guys where they can sleep and have a mess hall to eat at, all at company expense, dotted the landscape. It looks like a tough way to live but because of the high pay and the endless overtime these guys make in a couple of months what most people make in a year.
I'll be pulling out of the Fort Stockton Walmart tomorrow morning and heading east on I-10 which will be a welcome break from the two lane roads I've spent a lot of time on today.
The picnic table at my campsite, it was far too cold to sit out there and eat
I know this picture looks warm, but it was so cold while I was taking it I couldn't take but a few.
Sunsets just aren't as cool when there's no clouds in the sky.
It was really cold this morning, I had to walk about 200 yards to give the Iron Ranger an extra four bucks to stay another night and even though I was wearing my heaviest coat, I like to froze. The temperature was 34°, which isn't all that bad, but the humidity was 85% and the wind was blowing, that made it barely tolerable for me.
I can't believe I left Denver almost 2 weeks ago and I'm still in New Mexico. Normally I don't mind being in New Mexico because with my annual Park pass I can boondock for free at all the New Mexico state parks but I don't remember it ever being this cold and miserable this early in the year, I mean it's still Fall here, the leaves are mostly green.
I reckon I'll have to turn the Arctic Fox's furnace on its lowest setting tonight to keep my pipes from freezing. It's supposed to get down into the teens overnight and that's low enough to possibly cause problems with my water pipes in the basement.
Needless to say I mostly stayed inside today, it was just too cold and miserable to do anything fun outdoors. But in an increased effort to appreciate every day that I'm a full-timer, I can say I'm happy that I'm not dealing with the weather back in Denver where there was a 20° high and single-digit lows with snow on the ground. And I hope the Grandkids can have fun trick-or-treating tomorrow without getting frostbite .
If I had a dog, and the morning was as cold as it is now, that dog had better learn to use the bathroom by himself, because I'm not about to go out there.
I think these flowers are using that rock for warmth.
Sunset picture of a small piece of the Brantley Lake dam.
As I'm sitting here in my easy chair looking out the window at the gray skies that surround me, it has become apparent that the weather has not been exceptionally kind to me since the start of my winter travels.
It seems like I will have three or four days of nice, or at least decent weather, and then a cold front will come through and I'll have two or three days of cold and wind, I don't remember it being like this before. So here I sit thinking about leaving tomorrow, with the wind howling outside and the sky totally overcast, and the weather forecast for tomorrow is more of the same.
Of course normally I wouldn't be in southern New Mexico this time of year, most other winters I would be somewhere near Phoenix about now and I can see why I Usually choose that area because checking the 10 day Phoenix weather forecast it looks like they're in for 70s and 80s every day, and at Brantley Lake state Park I'm looking at 50° for a high and 22° for a low with winds gusting to 30 mph tomorrow. I'm sure things will get better, at least somewhat better, the farther south I get. So I'll just have to relax, and appreciate the downtime I'm getting waiting for the weather to get better.
Something that has me concerned about my destination is a missing persons case going on in of all places, Padre island Texas. Now I know there's missing persons cases going on all over the country but this one hits a little too close to home because the victims were not only camping on Padre island but the Padre Balli Park campgrounds where I spent a month last time I went to Texas and where I was planning on staying again.
And if that's not creepy enough the missing couples truck and travel trailer was spotted crossing the Mexican border, without them in it in Del Rio Texas, and guess where I was heading when I leave Padre island? That's right, same place I went last time I left Padre island... Del Rio Texas.
Normally if you want to avoid trouble there's a few things you can do to cut your chances to almost zero. You can stay out of bars at 2 o'clock in the morning. Don't tell any Hells Angels that Harleys are junk. And stay out of areas where there's random crime going on. And it's that last one that has me concerned
Anywhere near the border areas now days has a greater chance that the average person can get into a dangerous situation just minding their own business, I speak from experience because I've lived in a place like that before. Now I'm sure its just as bad in southern Arizona where I usually stay this time of year as it is anywhere else, but this thing happening on Padre island at the very campground I'm planning on staying at, if they're not full when I get there, bothers me the most because it happened to people like me, full-time RVers.