Although we were craving warmer weather, come find out; not THAT warm. Once we arrived in Lake Havasu City, AZ, and did five days boondocking, we realized that 91 degree’s during the day is just too hot.
Oh what to do, what to do. Guess this is another lesson learned for us newbies, enjoy the good temperatures and don’t hurry to the next spot cuz it just may be to darn hot. I don’t know where I’m going, but I sure know where I’ve been… seems to be the song that pops into my head lately (thankfully I am not on my own, as he is in his song) when we are trying to decide which way to go and what to do next.
As of now we have decided to head east, go to Texas and see my friend Amy, then maybe shoot down to New Orleans. We have found it difficult to stay in one place, knowing there is so much to see and so much we want to do.
On our way to Texas we stopped into Mesa AZ, Mitch’s friend Murry Cox from AHCC let us use his place to do some laundry and take much needed showers. Now mind you, we had been conserving water, since we were dry camping, so it had been a good six days since I had taken a “real” shower. Yes folks a record for me for sure. Maybe that’s why there were so many darn flies bothering us when we were in Lake Havasu! Although it had been days, I found myself in no hurry to shower, so I piddled around out on their patio pulling some weeds and what not. It was just an off day and all the little things that should work out easily were being difficult.
Once dad had finished his shower, I figured it was probably time, plus then I would see how much was a tan and not just dirt.I turned on the water, waited for it to get warm and put one foot in as I watched the clear water hitting my foot turn into a dirty brown stream running towards the drain. I thought to myself, guess that’s what happens when you only wear flip-flops all the time. Next thing I know as I began to step all the way in, the pressure slows down to a trickle and stops. What? No way! Maybe I just wasn’t meant to shower. I check all the other faucets in the house and yep, no water. Mitch says he saw some guys digging a hole by the front of the condos and maybe there was a water leak and they shut it off. We waited, and waited a little longer. Finally, there was WATER! I was a bit apprehensive about hopping back in because I thought they might shut it off again, but by then, I was beyond ready to shower. Once again, I turn on the water, anticipating the warm refreshing feeling of being clean. After one round with the shampoo, I realize I needed two. On my second round of hair washing, head completely lathered…the water shuts off again! I laughed, felt sorry for myself for a minute and laughed a little more.
Hmmm. Well, guess I’ll just wait it out. With this unexpected extra time I began pondering the real reason of why such a simple thing can become so complicated. Is there some lesson about personal growth I need to learn? As my wise Kathy Jo would say, “to grow as a person you must have challenging experiences.” So I made the best of it, used all the soap from my hair to shave my legs and tada… the water came on right afterwards and stayed on. Take that, potentially frustrating problem! I turned you around!
After an uneventful Casino nights sleep in Mesa, AZ we were off to Las Cruces, New Mexico. We arrived ready and excited to have on demand water and power. We also used our new Passport America membership at the Coachlight Inn Motel and RV park, in Las Cruces, and almost made our money back from being members!
This (Las Cruces, not the RV park) is a place of variety, beauty, and splendor. The things that the area has to offer are amazingly unique and inviting. So far, it’s my favorite place when it comes to the desert lands.
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd we went to our first National Park, the White Sands!
It is a place like no other, with miles of glistening pure white hills spotted with vegetation.
We arrived with no real idea of what it may be like and were so pleasantly surprised.
The sand is so soft and inviting, when you walk on the edge of a hill and your foot begins to slide down deeper, the sand becomes cooler.
To walk on this amazing creation of nature one cannot help but to be enamored by the greatness that is God.
It’s better than any beach I have ever walked; it is so untouched and spectacular.
My Love and I had the most amazing time together, just enjoying the land and being mesmerized by its beauty as we walked the white sands.
Especially in the fact that we were the only two people on the hills made it even more magical.
If ever you need some spiritual revitalizing and to just be in awe of nature, this is a place to go.
After our two nights in Lac Cruces, a super yummy Mexican meal at La Posta in De La Mesilla we were on our way to San Antonio, TX.
Our plan was to stay a night at the halfway mark of our 600-mile journey, but being people who just love the drive, we ended up making it the whole way after 15 hours of driving.
We arrived at Walmart 2 miles from our destination at 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning and slept in their parking lot for the night. Thanks again Walmart! Based on the price of diesel along our travels, we have been burning up the pocket book. We have decided to set some roots and stay a whole month here at the Stone Creek RV Park in Schertz, TX. We are looking forward to enjoying the sights, the good weather and great company of friends.
As the days grow longer since we have been on our journey, the self-exploration along with experiences of our travels, I have a new appreciation for the reality of dreams, greater than imagined and more difficult than anticipated.