Sunset picture of a small piece of the Brantley Lake dam.
As I'm sitting here in my easy chair looking out the window at the gray skies that surround me, it has become apparent that the weather has not been exceptionally kind to me since the start of my winter travels.
It seems like I will have three or four days of nice, or at least decent weather, and then a cold front will come through and I'll have two or three days of cold and wind, I don't remember it being like this before. So here I sit thinking about leaving tomorrow, with the wind howling outside and the sky totally overcast, and the weather forecast for tomorrow is more of the same.
Of course normally I wouldn't be in southern New Mexico this time of year, most other winters I would be somewhere near Phoenix about now and I can see why I Usually choose that area because checking the 10 day Phoenix weather forecast it looks like they're in for 70s and 80s every day, and at Brantley Lake state Park I'm looking at 50° for a high and 22° for a low with winds gusting to 30 mph tomorrow. I'm sure things will get better, at least somewhat better, the farther south I get. So I'll just have to relax, and appreciate the downtime I'm getting waiting for the weather to get better.
Something that has me concerned about my destination is a missing persons case going on in of all places, Padre island Texas. Now I know there's missing persons cases going on all over the country but this one hits a little too close to home because the victims were not only camping on Padre island but the Padre Balli Park campgrounds where I spent a month last time I went to Texas and where I was planning on staying again.
And if that's not creepy enough the missing couples truck and travel trailer was spotted crossing the Mexican border, without them in it in Del Rio Texas, and guess where I was heading when I leave Padre island? That's right, same place I went last time I left Padre island... Del Rio Texas.
Normally if you want to avoid trouble there's a few things you can do to cut your chances to almost zero. You can stay out of bars at 2 o'clock in the morning. Don't tell any Hells Angels that Harleys are junk. And stay out of areas where there's random crime going on. And it's that last one that has me concerned
Anywhere near the border areas now days has a greater chance that the average person can get into a dangerous situation just minding their own business, I speak from experience because I've lived in a place like that before. Now I'm sure its just as bad in southern Arizona where I usually stay this time of year as it is anywhere else, but this thing happening on Padre island at the very campground I'm planning on staying at, if they're not full when I get there, bothers me the most because it happened to people like me, full-time RVers.