My boondocking spot at the Escapees RV Park Deming New Mexico
I made it to the Escapees RV Park in Deming New Mexico this morning about 8 o'clock and am now happily ensconced in their boondocking area until next weekend.
My cunning plan to make it through El Paso Texas early Sunday morning, avoiding any traffic and stress in the process, worked great. I went straight through town on I-10 about 6 AM without even kicking off the cruise control, it was fantastic.
I stayed at an RV Park last night in Van Horn Texas, partially because Van Horn has a city ordinance against staying overnight anywhere without permission, and frankly the whole area doesn't look all that safe to me.
But as much as I dislike staying in RV parks this one was fairly interesting. When I pulled in just glancing around it looked full, but I went into the office anyway and the Park manager guy said that somebody left this morning so I could get his space.
I asked the guy why was the place so full, was it all the oil workers in the area that stay full time? And he said no it's the people that work at Blue Origin. I made the mistake of asking him what the heck was that, and he spent the next half hour telling me.
It seems that Blue Origin, which was founded by Jeff Bezos, squillionare Amazon owner, has one of their launch facilities 20 miles north of Van Horn and since there out in the middle of absolute nowhere, for obvious reasons, they live and eat in Van Horn and kind of fill up most of the RV parks in town.
I noticed when I pulled in it was a higher class clientele than I'm used to, very nice fifth wheels and motorhomes, with new cars and trucks parked next to them. Which makes sense because basically these are people that design and build rockets, they are in effect rocket scientist.
I figure this is great, I'm going to get to talk to some neighbors that are on the bleeding edge of building rockets for future space exploration. Unfortunately that didn't work out the way I'd hoped. About half the RVs in the park didn't have a vehicle parked anywhere near them, so I assumed they were at work. And the other RVs looked like they were occupied at the moment, but I never saw a single soul outside in that RV Park.
I walked around some, took out the trash things like that, but never saw anyone outside, maybe they saw me walking around and figured a homeless bum had wandered into the park looking for a handout, not that I would've turned down a handout if someone had given me one, but I guess everyone was afraid to come outside.
I was only there a few hours before I had to get on the road to beat the El Paso traffic by dawn this morning, so I never got a chance to talk to a rocket scientist. But what they're accomplishing in that remote area of Texas is really spectacular and I think it shows what can be done when you get government out of the way and let entrepreneurs develop rockets for the future.