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This might be a sailboat race but it's hard to tell because sailboats don't look like they're actually moving. Watching a sailboat race is a lot like watching somebody fish. but at least if you're watching somebody fish there is a remote chance something interesting might happen, but if you're watching a sailboat race there's absolutely no chance anything interesting is going to happen in less there's a giant Kraken waiting at the bottom of the lake to swallow them all at the finish line.
A nicer boondocking spot opened up about 100 yards away from where I used to be, so I boogied on over there and snapped it up before someone else did.
Doing that caused me to think about something that I might be facing next Fall. Back in the days when I was traveling with a Hallmark pop-up slide-in camper, one of the problems that I faced was when I would go to the store; the camper went with me, so there was nothing left behind to mark my boondocking spot. So I had to figure out a way to let folks know that my absence was temporary, and I intended to return.
At the time, I made up a brightly colored posterboard sign about a foot and a half square with "site occupied" written on it. I seldom had to use it, but it must've worked because I never lost my site. But this time, partly due to the crowds I've been seeing, and the sheer desperation of people looking for a place to camp in the crowd, I wanted to do better because I'm still seriously thinking of using the little Bronco pop-up slide-in camper to test my ability to live in a tiny space this Fall. So I started looking around and paying attention to how other people handle the problem.
I believe there are more people with the problem of leaving their boondocking site unoccupied temporarily today than there were in the past, mainly because there are so many people camping in vans, and when they go to the store their house goes with them.
Now even if you're in a van, this is never a problem in an RV Park where your site is assigned to you. And is seldom a problem in state parks because there's usually a stub from your pay envelope that attaches to a post on your driveway that tells people the site is occupied. But boondocking, which I will mostly be doing, is a different story.
Seeing what other folks have been doing has given me some ideas, which I will share with everyone tomorrow because this post is getting a little long.
My new boondocking spot has a much nicer view than the one from last weekend. I can stand in my yard and see the Marina and most of the lake. In my last spot, I had to climb a little hill to be able to do that.
There are several beaches in this area of Elephant Butte state Park. The one you mostly see in my pictures is on the left side of the Marina. I took this picture during the weekend which is the beach on the right side of the Marina. It's actually a lot bigger than what you see, but not as big as the other one.