Friday, July 17, 2015

Settled in White Rock

Even a few short posts and people are checking in here again!  Welcome back!

I'm settled in here in White Rock, NM.  The town is a kind of suburb of Los Alamos, and the local industry is the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  I'm told the number of PhD's per square mile here is astronomical.  The elevation is 6500 feet where I am... which means cool nights and warm days.  Perfect!

As I indicated in a couple of cryptic posts, the drive over from Tucson was tough.  Straight through, one driver.  Left at 5am, got in at 4:15pm (time zone change; would have been 3:15.)  I think on the way home I'll spring for a cheap motel someplace like Deming and split the trip up.

Somewhat to my surprise, the Beast is more comfortable to drive on a trip like this.  A lot of it has to do with the fact that the Hyundai doesn't have cruise control, I think.  The Beast has more comfortable seats.  I like being able to pull over and take a short nap.  Of course, visibility in the car is better, and gas mileage is 33mpg, as opposed to 9mpg in the Beast.  It's a 450 mile trip, one way, so the gas cost in the RV would be something like $132 at $2.65/gallon.  $36 in the car.  Even with a motel stay thrown in, it's still way cheaper to drive the car!  Dang!

I have a tourist-y trip into Santa Fe on the books for Sunday; I'll stay overnight there just so I won't have to drive up the hill home in the dark. (It's a about 40 miles).   Motel 6 is your friend.

I've met my neighbors on both sides, and a few miscellaneous locals from on-line message boards.  Nice friendly people, all of them.

I'm still not sure when I'll head back home.  Maybe next weekend?  

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