Sorry about not being more faithful with this blog. We’ve not done much outside of the usual cooking, laundry, walking, and going to the store. Yesterday we intended to stay around camp, but the canopy tent we bought at Walmart that I deemed questionable the day before ended up very contaminated. The losses were minimal: a change of clothes each, a pair of shoes each, and my sun hat. Autopilot brain mode ended in lots of cleaning, but that’s all that has to be thrown out. Wesley was initially discouraged, but I was super encouraged bc we put into place what we learned with the first bad contamination and lost so little in comparison. In that light, and after decontaminating (bc that toxin seems to magnify frustration), emotions settled and we rejoice in a better round two and learned some new things for next time.
This morning I showed up to cowboy church in leggings, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes. Wesley was in warmups, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes. I assure you we were the only ones in such attire, but this church family embraced us arms open wide. I cried through all of the music. I don’t even know why other than just the joy of being in fellowship. After church we chatted with people, which was great!! We met the old ranch manager of the Three Rivers Ranch we’re camping near. He didn’t seem to think we were in great danger of being shot by the current ranch manger, like others have warned us as long as we’re on BLM land, which we are.
Wednesday, we return the rental SUV that’s been basically a storage unit since we got to this site. It would be awesome if our license plate were in ABQ by then, but I have my doubts. We’re also hoping to register to vote and vote before heading back being we missed absentee in Iowa. We’ll see how all of these things go.
Today we got a car wash subscription. The first month was half off so only $11. It seemed like a pretty good deal and good for the truck. Pray we stay dry and warm enough through Wednesday. There’s a chance of rain tonight, cool tomorrow, cold Monday night and Tuesday day/night, and chance of snow Tuesday and Wednesday. These people desperately need the precipitation so I’m not hoping it not, but just that our tent will fair it well. We meet a rancher last Monday who told us they normally run 300 cattle, but were only running 50 because of the drought.
Well it’s almost dark and it’s cold so more another time.