0326 Bisbee, AZ

0326 Bisbee, AZ

An early morning. Lots to do before 8:30. So, I set an alarm. The first in weeks. I’m also sleeping much longer. It’s nice. This started after a shift, a relaxation, expansion of my experience of Pure Subjectivity. That space where one knows and is experiencing life as a subjective process, not an objective, outside process. Anyway, my historical sleep pattern is about 7 hours a night. For a few weeks I’ve been sleeping 9-10 hours, with an occasional 12 thrown in. Unheard of in this life.
Being back in City of Rocks is like returning home.
A look at our rolling home from the picnic table.
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0324 City of Rocks State Park, NM

0324 City of Rocks State Park, NM

I wake in the middle of the night with the van still rocking. I’ve had enough. Tomorrow we’re heading back to the Silver City area and then to meander our way back to Ojai by end of month. It’s time…
Tonight is the first night below 45 for a week. The prediction is about 38. It feels colder. Sherman comes over and licks my ear. He points at his water bowl with his nose. I give him water. Then he curls up between my legs. He notices that it’s a colder night too.
In the morning, I look at the maps to plan the route back to CA. I’m going to stay off freeways as much as possible, and stay south as much as possible. We’re going to wander our way to Aho, AZ which is just north of the Organ Pipe National Monument. Two full-timers told me they usually winter near Aho. That there is a lot of BLM land in the area and it’s one of the warmer areas in the southwest.
After that’s settled, I sit in the van and meditate. Sherman curls up by my legs. The wind on Weather Underground’s local station shows sustained 29mph. Then… it’s out into the wind to walk the loop where the NM spring has arrived.

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0323 Elephant Butte State Park, NM

0323 Elephant Butte State Park, NM

Yep. Still here. We go to town to spend the afternoon in the Black Cat Books. I want to sit inside with Sherman out of the wind.  They’re closed. 😝 Today is a WINDY day. 30+ mph sustained winds with 50mph gusts. I think about getting tarps to put over the shelter windows, but then what do I do with them? I don’t want to keep ’em. So, Today is a van day. We sit in the van while it rocks. I go to turn on the key to open the back vent windows and the van won’t start.
At first I think it’s the battery. But, no. Not the battery. Everything works fine except start. Ohhhh! Been here before. It’s the alarm. The rocking of the van has set off the alarm. When I try to start it, I hear the clicking of the dash lights blinking. Hmmmm. I thought the alarm was on valet mode, which means off. So, we’re not going anywhere until the wind goes down. Weather predicts it’ll be down to 10-15 all day tomorrow.
Over the last 5 days we’ve been relaxing and walking. Yesterday, we went to the other end of Elephant Butte Lake and hiked about 4 miles south then back to the van.
At the north end of the lake we find the Rio Grande flowing south. Elephant Butte Lake is a reservoir behind a 100 year old dirt dam in the Rio Grande. I can’t believe how small the river is! My image is the big river on the Texas-Mexico border.
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0318 Elephant Butte State Park, NM

0318 Elephant Butte State Park, NM

Yesterday we went into Truth or Consequences. I found a coffee shop/ used bookstore that Sherman could come into. We hung out there for a couple hours. Then to replenish food. Yelp said the local market had a good selection of organic and local foods. It’s that or Walmart. I get what I can at Bullock’s, then finish with a couple items at Walmart. I was stunned at the upgrade they just finished at the Walmart parking lot. It’s got covered parking! A nice touch where the sun’s so hot for 6 month of the year.

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0316 Elephant Butte State Park, NM

0316 Elephant Butte State Park, NM

We wake at dawn. Now 6:45am daylight time. We take a short pee walk. Reorder the van and drive up to the road where the shelters are. I’m curious. Are we staying here for a few days, or are we driving on? It’s about 7:30 as we go up the road from the lake. Ah! We’re staying. There’ an open shelter.
Looking in…
Looking out…
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