Wow! Two pics to click today, I hope your fingers can stand the strain.
My campsite at Datil. I should've parked next to my picnic table but it wasn't level enough there and my refrigerator needs level ground.
I don't think I've ever used a campground picnic table, since I prefer eating indoors so I don't have to deal with the wind, the bugs, the neighbors, carrying food back and forth, and whatever happened on that picnic table before I arrived.
I was reading some information about Pie Town, and folks were complaining about the poor cell phone and Internet service while in Pie Town. I'm not sure how accurate that information is, but it doesn't look worthwhile to leave here and go to Pie Town hoping for better Internet service. Although I still want to go to Pie Town, it sure takes the fun out of putting pictures on the Internet if it takes half a day to load them.
Learning that, and looking at other options, I've decided to stay here at Datil for a few more days. I now feel that the Internet may be just as bad in Pie Town as it is here. And being a few hundred feet higher in altitude, Pie Town will be colder than here, and it was 20° this morning. And in Pie Town, I will have to boondock so I will lose the use of my electric heater. And I don't think I can find anyplace with great camping, and an electric hookup for $2.50 a night. I'm also unsure if there is any propane fill stations in Pie town, if I happen to run out. And feeling wimpier than I normally do, I decided that "sitting tight" makes the most sense right now.
Because I'm not good at making decisions, I've had to find ways of simplifying my decision-making process so that even I can do it without getting in trouble. So the first thing I turn to when faced with a "should I go or should I stay" dilemma is to think about how bad things are where I'm at. And If things are really bad where I'm at, the decision to leave will be easy. But if things aren't all that bad where I'm at, I might as well keep hanging around until there's a good reason to leave.... And if that doesn't work.... I've been known to flip a coin.
Since I'm often heading South for my winter travels about this time of year, I don't remember cold being much of a problem before. I've stayed at Storrie Lake State Park before in the Fall without it snowing on me. And I've been running around other parts of northern New Mexico this time of year, with cold weather only a minor annoyance, which leads me to believe that this Fall is colder than normal.
Maybe it has been this cold before, but I didn't pay any attention to it because, as I've said before, normally, I would just whiz right through these cold areas and get to Phoenix, Quartzsite or Tucson as quickly as possible, where it's almost always warm. But this balloon rally reservation will pretty much keep me in cold weather for the month of November. But in this case, it's not the reservations at the RV Park in Gallup that I care about; I just want to see the balloon rally, enough so that it appears I'm willing to be cold for the entire month to see it.
The campsites at Datil are very large compared to normal campsites, and the handicap campsite in this picture is downright palatial. Everything is wheelchair accessible including a paved sidewalk going to the nearby restroom.
It took all morning, but I managed to get two pictures posted. Since It was pretty chilly this morning I had nothing better to do.