It was a busy day today. I drove into Del Rio which is almost 40 miles from Seminole Canyon State Park and took care of a few things that I haven't been able to do out here in the middle of nowhere.
I went to Home Depot and got a few things and while I was there I sat in the parking lot and used their free Internet to download a few things. After that I met the old fat man at a restaurant for lunch, Went to the post office to mail some letters, drove to Walmart and bought groceries and other stuff I couldn't live without, fueled up at the Walmart gas station, and on the way out of town stopped at the propane place and filled up a tank.
Now I know most folks are probably thinking "big deal" I do that stuff everyday before lunch. And a couple of years ago I would've said that myself, but now I'm not used to doing much of anything important so a day like that seems like almost more than I can handle. If I were living closer to town all of those things probably would've taken me three days to accomplish. But packing it all into one day has me thinking about taking a vacation.
I'm also rethinking my plans for going to Big Bend national Park. I spent a lot of time over lunch today talking to the old fat man about Big Bend and the trip there and it has me thinking about whether or not that should be my next move.
You have to remember that I'm not looking for a vacation spot to stay at, I'm looking for a place where I can boondock for a few weeks or a month, that's inexpensive, has some things to do that's interesting, has Verizon phone service, and has a town fairly nearby with stores and restaurants and other amenities that a person needs to live a normal life.
I consider myself a boondocker but that word has different meanings to different people. For some people it means living out in the middle of nowhere 30 miles from the nearest town. But for me I think of it as living without hookups. I consider a night or two in a Walmart parking lot as boondocking. I've also boondocked in RV parks in an area set aside that has no hookups. I know some people will argue the semantics of boondocking versus drycamping, or blacktopping or even Wallydocking. But to keep it simple I figure if I'm not hooked up I'm boondocking.
So trying to find a boondocking spot that has all the other criteria that I need is not always possible so I have to prioritize some of the things I'm willing to give up. Big Bend national Park and the areas all around it have some good things but there's also some problems. So I'm going to spend some time thinking about what I'm willing to give up to get some of the good things that Big Bend national Park has.