Tuesday morning at Rockhound State Park. Familiar and comfortable territory. Today is a leisurely drive up to City of Rocks, which was one of the first New Mexico state parks I visited, a couple of years back. Two nights there.
It’s windy, which is to be expected in NM this time of year. I’m glad it won’t be a long drive… keeping this very high-profile vehicle stable is tiring, mostly because it requires constant attention.
Two new experiences this trip: I now have DirectTv service at home, and since they’re owned by ATT, I get to watch TV on my cell phone without dinging my data allowance. So after dinner, I watched Rachel Maddow — more because I could than because I felt a pressing need to stay in touch with the clown circus in Washington. The ATT service here is pretty sketchy, so there were a few unscheduled pauses, but it wasn’t all that annoying.
This morning I took a shower! The edges of the tub enclosure had needed caulking, so last season I cleaned up the joints and got out the silicone. Showering isn’t a real option when boondocking… but here in “civilization” it’s a bit more reasonable. I’ll drain the holding tanks on my way out of here.
Something about watching TV and having a real hot shower in the Beast seems a bit surreal.
So far this is a good shakedown. I’ll check in down the road, but briefly: I’m seeing how sparing I can be with the Verizon data service, and posting here requires logging on. I can write off-line, and comments get relayed by email, so we’ll see how far I can stretch 4GB of data.