Pictures: Forgive the picture taken in the strong sunlight but I wanted to show you the type of camping I’m doing. I like to camp in the desert with a little space around me but not be total isolated and this area gives me room while not leaving me out by myself. Here are some of the campers around and the space they give each other.
Again, please forgive the picture they are just mid day snaps.
Location: My new location seems to be making for better habits for me, I am falling into a better day-to-day functioning pattern. Exercising more and running the roads less (and eating out less ), all better for me 🙂 I do like most everything about this spot with the exception of being far away from a large box store (Walmart). Mind you, there is a K-mart, couple good grocery stores, hardware store and many others as near as 10 miles away but still they are not Walmart. So, this means that I will make the 120 mile round trip to Walmart about once a month if I can plan my shopping good enough to get all the things that I need at once.
Exercise: A good 15 mile ride on the bike today on the 4-wheeler trails. Not sure I’ll be able to keep riding the 4-wheeler trails because the winter crowd is showing up now, with lots more 4-wheelers and toys, so the trails are being used a lot more and are becoming very loose and soft making riding the bike harder and harder.
Pictures: Yet more pictures from Cloudcroft, NM. Man that was a great birding place.
Another Western Bluebird.
Parker : Took a trip to Parker,AZ today (nearest Walmart) and did some shopping for things at the big store. About 50 miles one way so it took most of my day to go, shop and return. Shouldn’t have to do that again for a while now.
Exercise: Just barely squeeze in 2 miles. I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 3.56mi, time: 01:04:59, pace: 18:16min/mi, speed: 3.29mi/h.
Wind and Cold: Getting up this morning I find the wind blowing and the cold reaching with its cold fingers. What a fine day to leave Grants 🙂 The only bad thing is driving in the wind. However if I want to get to the warm weather I will have to drive far …. at least to somewhere on highway 95 in AZ and I am not sure I want to go that far that fast. Maybe I’ll put up with a little cold for a day or two. We’ll see, when I talk with Barry this morning (who is in a RV park with his RV) we’ll make a plan …. of somewhat …. neither of us are big planner so no telling what we’ll do.
Note; My favorite weather app has become Bing Weather for the computer.
Them little Walmarts: This morning I got up about 6am and after cleaning up a bit I headed for Walmart door just to find it don’t open till 7am. I am not used to that. There are not many non-super Walmarts left that don’t stay open all night any more.
New Location: Petrified Forest gift shop. We came off I-40 and headed south on Petrified Forest Rd though the Petrified National Park and stop at all the major stopping places and we are now just outside the National Park at the private owned gift shops, south of the National Forest. There is a free place to park your RV for 3 or 4 days at the gift shop and it is surrounded by petrified tree parts, there is one just outside my door, no more than 10 feet away. Big pieces too.
Most likely we’ll just stay one night here, and then ….
Pictures: Bird of the week and story 🙂 My friend Barry was feeding this begging Raven pair in one of the stopping areas of the Petrified Forest and I was taken pictures when he said “hey if you birds act right you can be Bird of the Week” so … here are the Ravens that my friend Barry was feeding. The new birds of the week 😉
So you will have an ideal of the size of some of the stuff we are seeing, here Barry is setting on a Petrified Log that is at least 50 feet long I would guess, and maybe 3 feet in diameter. That is a big Petrified tree ❗
More pictures later on.
Birds: More Rose-Breasted Grosbeak.
Exercise: A nice bike ride this morning, I did a couple of chores while I was out by riding into town and stopping by the VA and Walmart.
I rode with MapMyRide! Distance: 10.42mi, time: 01:04:48, pace: 6:13min/mi, speed: 9.65mi/h.
Erorings on the bike
Wake up at Walmart: Ha, nothing like a refreshing wake up at Walmart (just kidding here). This is one of the better ones with a nice quite and peaceful area to park the RV. Some Walmart are like truck stops, in that they are noisy and crowded, but this one is good for a one nighter. The worst thing for me is that I go into the store and buy to many things. I guess that is why Walmart likes us RVers!
Move: I’ll only move about two miles today, the State Park is right down the road. I will be here in Las Vegas for at least two months and maybe the whole summer, we’ll see. I’m home for now.
All moved in: I am now at Storrie Lake State Park.
Humming feeders: I am making sugar water as I type this because when I was here last year I had lots of Humming birds.
Weather: It is cool this morning but not as bad as I thought it might be. It was about 50° in the RV this morning, cool but not cold. It was a fine night for sleeping last night with the cooler temperature. The night before I left Lake Havasu it was way too hot in the RV for a good night’s sleep, much better here.
Where to? : Not sure where I will go today. I had kind of planned to stop in Winslow, AZ at McHood park, but the place had a sign that said no overnight camping. Another good one shut down to overnight RVing. Well maybe it will come to me where to go to as the day goes on, I’m in no hurry. We’ll see.
Propane: One thing I intend to do today is get a propane tank filled and the valve changed on it. There is a propane place here in Gallup that is very reasonably price so I’ll stop by there at some point today.
Update: Before leaving Gallup this morning I did get my new valve installed and the tank fill with propane.
Here: The Walmart here in Gallup is a very convenient place to overnight with many near by stores, there is a Home Depot, Dollar tree, sports store, fast food places and others near by. I’ll look around a bit before leaving today.
Moved: I have moved to one of my favorite areas here in NM, near El Malpais National Monument . I have done my major move of the spring, and will not move this far again till the fall. From here to my volunteer job for the summer is not to far, about another 200 miles, and I’ll make that move sometimes in April.
I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 3.21mi, time: 01:01:43, pace: 19:14min/mi, speed: 3.12mi/h.
My friend Max and I went to Parker today and did a little shopping at Walmart. I usually wait till after the first of the month to go, but Max was going so I went with, because that will save me a trip later on. I am very well stock up for now and I shouldn’t have to go back till after mid February.
On this 30th day of January 2014 the temperature here in Ehrenberg, AZ is just tops, we do have a good bit of wind and it is overcast, but over all it’s a fine day.
Short for today, night folks.