Breaking Camp

On Monday, Memorial Day, May 27th, I secure camp chairs and remove the windshield cover that stayed on the windshield all night. That’s a win! I gather water jugs and shower items and we motor down to the center of the park where I fill our containers with potable water and then leave the boys in the van while I shower. The shower rooms are immaculate in this park. Immaculate.

We get in our walk and then back in camp I putter around, do some cleaning, and check maps for our next destination.

The sun begins her afternoon warmup, and The Chiweenie Brothers wait patiently

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as I begin breaking camp in anticipation of heading north tomorrow morning: Solar panel unplugged and put in its spot in the back between the bed and the back doors. Chairs stored in its spot between the boys’ front platform and the passenger door, table cloth (a twin fitted sheet) pulled off and put away, and lastly dog stakes and tie outs brought inside along with two little dogs getting excited. They know what this means; new places to explore!!

The windshield cover stays on until morning, but for all intents and purposes we will be ready to head into town at first light. Itinerary: Walmart, Dog Park, Library, then stop by and hopefully pick up a now-running generator, and then we’re off to our next park.

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs from the 2Dogs Crew and me.

CURRENT READ: True Places by Sonja Yoerg. The basis for this book, a girl who has been living in the woods alone is rescued by a woman from the city just seems pretty implausible, but this author is a good writer. It might surprise me as I get farther into it.

Dust Storm!

As ol’ Murphy can’t help himself and must pay a visit, I find my generator will not start after it runs out of gas while cooking my dinner on Thursday night. I filled it with fuel and pulled the cord to get it started, but it wouldn’t budge, not even a bit. Frustrated, I take the side cover off. Peering into the inside of the machine it is apparent this is something I won’t be able to handle.
Off we go early Friday to find a mechanic, and Deming being the friendly, helpful town that it is we are soon given the address of a local moto cross fella that works on small engines. He pokes around and satisfies himself that it isn’t the sparkplug or something else easily replaced and tells me he will give me a call Tuesday morning. Oh yeah, of course this is a holiday weekend, and I can see Murphy smirking.

The Chiweenie Brothers and I take lots of walks, Charlie looking for lizards, me looking for rattlers, Fries just happy to be out and about. We actually do find a rattlesnake crossing the road just past the visitor’s center on this morning’s walk after our trip to town, and we take a wide berth.
Once back at the van and settled in to do some reading to get out of the wind that is beginning to blow, Charlie spots this cute guy

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And later this fella capturing his evening meal.

Chihuahuan Spotted Whiptail

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Sunday we just get our walk in and are back at the van when the wind kicks up as it seems to do every day about mid-morning. Really kicks up. It is soon blowing so hard the side doors will not stay open and the windshield cover keeps coming loose and flipping up over the roof. In the distance the dust is beginning to whirl and it isn’t long before the Little Florida Mountains are obscured by the swirling dirt.

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I scurry around closing windows, the back doors, and get the Chiweenie Brothers out for a quick potty break then it’s back inside and the side doors are closed. As morning fades and early afternoon shows up the temperature begins to rise. It gets to the upper 80s and it becomes very uncomfortable in the van with windows and doors closed. Totally tolerable when one can open the doors and windows; almost unbearable with it is closed up. The hours drag. Every half hour or so I crack open the side door for a bit to get a bit of fresh air inside. I can feel the grit in the air.
By early evening the dust settles and the winds quiet a bit, but still makes its presence known and probably will through the night. We can now leave windows and the side door open. The cooler evening air is heavenly.
Thanks for coming along! Hugs, Shawna

CURRENT READ: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. This book sometimes reads like a teen’s novel, but it isn’t a bad book.

Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves. —Jean-Jacques Rousseau