Seemingly abandoned in the farthest reaches of the Fairgrounds I found this vintage "Streamline Duke" travel trailer. Now I had never heard of the brand Streamline before but it certainly looks like an Airstream which is not odd when you consider that the Streamline company was started by two engineers from Airstream. I read that their collectible, the last one was made in 1974, and they were quality travel trailers. Since fairs and traveling circuses come to this place I imagine if that trailer could talk it would have quite a story to tell. But right now it's down on its luck and its future looks pretty bleak.
Well I guess it doesn't do any good to mention it was a hot day today because that's all there is anymore and probably all there will be as long as I remain in Tucson. And speaking of remaining in Tucson, I haven't come up with a workable solution yet to get out of here. Some of you that keep up with such things may have noticed that the governor of New Mexico suddenly and without warning closed down the town of Gallup so no one can get in and I assume out.
Now closing Gallup doesn't affect me, it's the fact that a town, any town, can be closed without warning that scares me. What if I was traveling and badly in need of fuel and was counting on Gallup? Or what if there was an RV Park there that I had a reservation to spend the night because it was the only one in the entire area that was open.... Up until 15 minutes ago? What if I was traveling and needed a doctor? God for bid that should happen in Gallup even on a normal day.
How can I relax traveling down the road if I can't be sure the town, or the gas station, or a place to camp is going to be open when I need it? And with America starting to open up what if more people start getting sick, the government panics, closes everything down and I'm left sitting in a rest stop in the middle of nowhere with no place to go?
I'm sure other full timers are thinking about these and many other questions and probably have better answers than I do, But for me at this point in time common sense tells me the only thing I know for sure is going out on the road right now is questionable at best and foolhardy in a worst-case scenario. And the only thing that has proven itself to make sense in these troubled times is to find a safe place, hunker down, and wait for things to somewhat stabilize.
How long that will take is anybody's guess, one week, two, three, who knows? But right now I'm leaning towards the safety and security of where I'm at over the uncertainty of the open road. That may change, my travel plans usually do, but at the moment I feel my familiar situation here is better than an unknown situation on the road.
Way way back in the corner of the Fairgrounds I could barely see a bunch of things that were very colorful. Curiosity got the better of me so I walked back there this morning and found it's the Fairgrounds Christmas decorations, or more likely what used to be the Fairgrounds Christmas decorations.
All the decorations are quite large and locked behind a 6 foot high chain-link fence with three strands of barbwire on top.... Formidable yes, but not enough to keep me out.
I would say this teddy bear is eight or 9 feet tall.
These toy soldiers look like they're ready to perform in the Nutcracker Suite.... Not really, Most things here are kind of torn up or damaged.
it looks like Donner and Blitzen finally got rid of that annoying Rudolph that only cared about his own personal fame.
The Big Guy himself. I'm not sure why but there's an Elephant standing in front of him, maybe the Elephant is going to replace that self-centered ham Rudolph.