Today has been another getting ready to leave day. I took some things over to the clubhouse and left them on the swap table hoping someone can find some use for the things. I put air in all four truck tires, they were all a couple of pounds low. I was going to do some laundry because the laundry room was completely empty but I just didn't have enough dirty clothes to fool with. I drove into Hondo to the Walmart, filled up with fuel, and picked up a few items at the store. I backed under the trailer and hooked up but I still haven't lowered the trailer on to the hitch yet. I found that the Arctic Fox moves around less if I leave its landing gear on the ground until I get ready to leave.
I had forgotten that today was the day when a lot of the Thanksgiving holiday people head back home after a long holiday weekend, but I remembered real quick when I saw all the traffic out on the main road.
I checked the weather today on the Internet and was not very happy with what I saw. The first problem is it's going to be windy tomorrow, so I'm going to try to leave fairly early before the wind picks up. The other problem is a bit more troublesome, the 10 day forecast shows that Corpus Christi is going to be cloudy and rainy almost the whole 10 days. I believe there were two days when it was supposed to be sunny or partly sunny the rest of the time it was going to be cloudy . This does not bode well for someone who lives on sunshine.
I had planned on spending a couple of weeks at the Padre Island National Seashore. [ PINS ] but if the weather forecast proves to be accurate I will have to get an RV park that has hookups sooner than I had planned.. Fortunately my plans are not written in stone so I'm able to go with the flow no matter what comes along, I just hope that 10 days of cloudy weather is not a portent of things to come.
Sorry about the quality of this picture, but I had to take it very fast through the screen door of the Arctic Fox, and the hawk flew away with the dove as soon as I snapped the picture.
This is the Escapees logo, our home is on wheels, cute huh ?
I did a little bit of packing up to leave Monday morning, I try to do a few things ahead of time so I don't have so much to do the day I hit the road. If I'm only going to be in a place for a couple days I usually don't unpack everything. But if I'm going to stay someplace for a week or more then it becomes more like home and I spread out all over the place.
The bedroom slide is one of the things that I leave in if I'm not going to be someplace for a week or more. It doesn't bother me when the slide is in and doesn't affect my life in the least. There are some drawers and cabinets that I can't get to but I don't have anything in them that I usually need to get to anyway.
My desktop computer also stays stowed away because the only thing I use it for any more is working on videos and I haven't had the urge to do that lately. I wish I could get in the mood to do more video but whenever I finish one it always looks so bad that it takes me a while before I want to try it again. I'm hoping that when I get to the beach it will put me in the mood to shoot a video, but I'll have to see, because there has been some bad juju from my past regarding sand, saltwater, and cameras.
Usually the Yamaha WR450 stays strapped down to its rack on the back of the Arctic Fox when I'm only going to be someplace for a short time. Is just too big of a hassle to unload it, and load it back up again just to run to the store. But when I get to the Padre Island National Seashore [ PINS ] I plan on running it up and down the beach to go fishing, and to just look around. I'm definitely concerned about what the saltwater is going to do to the motorcycle but other than rinsing it off every once in a while with the Arctic Fox's outside shower I'm not sure what else I can do.
My TV is also something that stays packed up a lot of the time. The TV has a mechanism that holds it against the wall so it doesn't flop around when I'm driving, and sometimes I actually remember to lock it back against the wall before I drive off. normally when I get someplace I will do a channel scan to see if it's getting any reception, and usually it's not. Even if it does get a few channels there usually just a few home shopping clubs, a couple of TV preachers, and the rest are in a language that I don't understand. So normally I just leave the TV locked against the wall so I don't have to pack it up when I leave.
I had a good time yesterday despite the fact that I did absolutely nothing. I decided not to go to the Thanksgiving dinner here at the RV Park because I didn't feel like being around a lot of people, so I just made dinner for myself.
I checked my propane this morning and found one of my tanks was empty, so the first chance I get I need to fill it up. I unhooked it already and put it in the truck in case I run into a propane place in my travels. I'm finding that one of my 10 gallon propane tanks will last approximately one month. This one lasted 26 days because we've had some chilly mornings and I've been turning on the propane heater for a half hour or so in the morning to take the chill off the room.
Since it usually cost around $20 to fill up one tank, I think $20 isn't bad to do all of my cooking, run the refrigerator 24 - 7, heat up the hot water tank every now and then, and keep the trailer warm during mild fall weather, for almost a month.
I've been noticing that my solar panels weren't putting out as much power as they should and I was thinking it was because of the days we've had that were cloudy or had scattered clouds in the sky. But today I finally realized that the Arctic Fox is parked facing south, and in the winter when the sun is low on the horizon, South is the worst possible direction for me to face. East or West is okay, but because the Arctic Fox roof is sloped and is higher in the front, facing North is the best. But it's a moot point since the Boondocking area at this escapees Park only allows me to park facing South.
I'll be leaving here Monday morning and will probably make one more stop at a state Park before I make the final mosey to the Padre Island national seashore. I'm looking forward to seeing a beach again but I'm really looking forward to being able to get a plate of deep-fried Gulf shrimp with a side order of hushpuppies, and be able to order a glass of tea without asking IF they have sweet tea because you KNOW they do.