I Have not posted in a very long time. We still need the camp fire here, it sure has been a cold April so far.
We were gone with the Silver Dog House from the first of February until the middle of March. We are thinking that we should have stayed longer in the sunny, if not always hot or even warm south west.
We started with a week in and around Austin Texas, so we could visit our elder daughter, who is in graduate school at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the South West (ETSS). We stayed in two different Texas state parks that were quite nice if expensive for our taste.
Then we spent most of a week at Padre Island at the National Seashore. Husband and I both loved it. It had been decades since I had seen the Gulf of Mexico. As a child we spent winter vacations on the Florida side. My husband had never spent any time on the gulf and found it very interesting and enjoyable. The beach was unfortunately extremely dirty in comparison to my pasat experience. We were told the worst of it had been cleaned up but that there was still a lot left over from Hurricane Ike. Husband was not however happy with the corrosion we found on the trailer, when we washed the salt spray off at a car wash, on our way off the island. So to my sorrow he says no more camping on Padre Island or the ocean at all.
I know there are other Airstreamers who camp regularly on Padre Island. One we met there told us to be sure to wash the trailer at the car wash before we left the island. Is there anyone out there who camps regularly on the ocean? How do you take care of, or prevent the corrosion caused by the salt? I have a sneaking suspicion, that it was the road salt from the drive down through winter and not the ocean. Does anyone have any ideas on that? Oh that reminds me. Our scond night out on the way south in February we found a state park in Oklahoma where the host was the only other person in the park. When we pulled in it was nearly dusk. The hostess turned on the lights in the restrooms for us and we had Hot showers. We also had water hookup and washed the trailer that night. We did a touch up in the morning and had sheets of ice forming, but the road salt was off.
Man Oklahoma was cold, we had been hoping for warm by then.
From Padre Island we went west to Big Bend National Park. Again we ran into hurricane Ike damage. There had been serious flooding of the Rio Grande which had done a lot of damage to both campgrounds on the river. The geology and geography of the park are fascinating. We will definitely go back again.
Our next stop was in the Coronado National forest in south east Arizona. We returned to a campground we found last year and stayed much longer this time.
From there we spent time in both Saguaro Nation Park and Organ Pipe National Monument. The desert biology is fascinating. And ohhh the hummingbirds were beautiful
We actually got three extremely hot days, low 90s, while at Organ Pipe. But fortunately it always cools of at night in the desert. The desert is beautiful I guess because it is so different from home. But the plants can be dangerous. The dog got into a cholla and it took some effort to free him of the spines. Husband got hooked in the process.
While in the Tuscon area we visited the Pima Air and Space Museum. Then we discovered another beautiful campground in the Chiricahua mts and stayed there several days. On the way back east we went through White Sands National Park and camped on top of a mountain in the Lincoln National Forest near a small mountain town with the descriptive name of Cloudcroft east of Alamagordo. It was very much still winter there. Cold and lots of snow. the dog loved it. And the price was right. Free, in a national forest recreation area parking lot.
Our departure from the sunny south west took us through Roswell.
We camped in a lot of Wal-Mart parking lots between destinations. Some were noisy and at least one we had all to ourselves and was very quiet.
Once we got home we wished we had stayed another month - but I was expected back at work. So here we are with snow still in piles and on the north side of slopes, and freezing temperatures every night and only in the 40s or maybe low 50s during the day. BRRRRR!!! But it is time to clean up the yard and get the garden season started.