The last sunset before I moved to my new location.
Since I don't want to leave Elephant Butte just yet, and my boondocking choices are somewhat limited, I did the only thing I could think of, which was to make a reservation at a hookup campsite in the State Park for a few days starting tomorrow.
I really don't want or need hookups, but that's the only thing available to me at the moment, With my annual camping pass, a hookup site only cost four dollars a night, so financially, it really doesn't matter much either. But what it will do is put me only a block away from the boondocking area so I'll be able to keep my eyes open for any suitable boondocking sites that become available and move to where I much prefer to be.
I was looking at some of my travel records the other day and figured out that, on average, I'm putting about 7000 miles a year on my truck. And it doesn't matter where I go, the mileage ends up about the same, which is good because I prefer to keep the mileage low on the truck, so hopefully, it will last longer.
I wish I had a cheap and easier way to keep up with the miles I put on the trailer. I know there's a gadget you can buy you put on a trailer wheel hub that will register the miles, but they're kind of expensive, and I don't know if they're worth the effort.
I could get a pretty good idea of the miles on the trailer by simply adding up the distances it goes from camping area to camping area, but I've never bothered to do that. So far, I make a wild guess that the trailer mileage is about one-third of the truck mileage and leave it at that.
But even that may be way too many miles to credit the Arctic Fox with, after all, the Arctic Fox sits, in my daughter's driveway, hardly moving at all for about four months during the summer. At the same time, my truck is toting the little Bronco slide-in camper all over the Rocky Mountains.
One day I ought to sit down with Google maps and measure the driving distance from Denver to all the places I've camped and back to Denver again, I think I might be amazed at how few miles I put on the Arctic Fox every year, even though I think of myself as a traveling man.
I haven't unhitched since I got here, no need to, there was no place I need to go. And I'm leaving tomorrow for Elephant Butte State Park for my reservation.
Not much of a river, but the water gets a lot of use before it gets to the Gulf of Mexico.
An old Coot.... not just a regular Coot, but an old Coot. If you've got to be around a Coot, old Coots are the worst.