I’m spending the week at the Monticello Point campground in the New Mexico State Park known as Elephant Butte Lake.
The goal was to get out of the cold-ish weather at home and continue proving the ability to live and work from the motorhome. I think I have succeeded although a few of the days have been cooler here than I expected. Nonetheless, work proceeded without interruption and I’ve been able to get in a couple of good bike rides.
I recently had a “discussion” with someone about locations that are “noisy”. It seems that whenever I get into a “debate” with someone, half the problem relates to terminology. Obviously, “noisy” is subjective – it is based on ones opinion (without a clear definition such as “noise level over 72 decibels”). At times such as this, I am glad these people are no where to be found. It is NOT noisy here. In fact, there is rarely a man made sound to be heard. An occasional car/airplane/boat going by, the occasional gun shot (bird hunting season), or the faint sound of a fellow camper but otherwise; the only “noise” is the sound of the wind, the ducks and geese nesting at the lake, and coyotes howling at dusk. Ahhh… it is wonderful! Yes, compared to this and in my opinion, a Walmart parking lot is noisy.
Yup, there are some pretty fantastic places still remaining on this planet. I suspect many folks would go crazy in a place like this. Shoot, I occasionally wonder if I’m crazy but when I compare this to being in a city or around lots of people, I realize how much I like it here – in nowhere-ville.
I am slowly learning a few tricks to keep my mind occupied and happy while simulating full time RV living. Interestingly, they are really no different than being at home. Projects!! I have to stay busy. I know some folks can’t find things to do or dream up projects, I have no problem in that regard. The problem I have is having the necessary “stuff” to do the project. To this end, I purchased a few little “parts” organizer bins recently and filled them with nuts, bolts, washers, screws, clamps, gaskets, and so forth. Of course, one rarely has exactly what is needed but often close is good enough.
Another trick is to perform a little maintenance every day. When living on my sailboat, the guy in the next boat told me this – fifteen minutes of maintenance every day and then it won’t pile up on you. For me, this includes cleaning. I don’t love cleaning but I suspect that I am a bit of a clean freak. So, I pick a spot or two every day and clean them. One day this week it was the pads on my hydraulic levelers (they were loaded up with dirt and grease), another day I wiped down the entire motorhome, and another I cleaned the chrome wheels.
I found a fresh water system leak during this trip but have no parts to fix it. So, some spares for that system will soon find their way into my parts bin.
Yes indeed! A beautiful place!