We left Elephant Butte this morning heading east. We left behind the rain of the previous week which had caused a bit of havoc in the area. Normal annual rainfall in Elephant Butte is 9.88 inches, last week we had a little over 10 inches. Needless to say the arroyos were full, roads were washed out and unfortunately there were a couple of deaths. As I made my way east I noticed that water had been over the road at San Antonio NM where the Rio Grande was running bank full. This is good for the Elephant Butte lake which rose last week 4.5 feet. I ended the day just south of Roswell in Dexter NM, a drive of 230 miles.
Today was a driving day. We proceeded from Dexter, NM to Fort Stockton, TX with a stay at the Hilltop RV Park. The hill top setting gives a nice view of the mountains to the west and the lights of Fort Stockton to the east. A fuel up at Pecos in route indicated my mileage was 10.59 mpg on the trip from Elephant Butte. More success, both the Bronco's and the Cardinal's won their games. Total miles 201
Today's drive from Fort Stockton to Del Rio was uneventful. As usual traffic was sparse. Less than ten vehicles passed me on their way north. One thing I was really struck by on the trip today was the brilliant green colors in what is normally a brown landscape. Recent rains have really brought the area to life. Miles today 174.
Today we took two trips. First leaving Del Rio we drove 153 miles to Encinal where we stopped for a little over 3 hours to watch the Cardinals sweep the Nationals in an afternoon game. We also took the opportunity to stock up on Chester Fried Chicken. Then because we had lots of daylight yet to burn we set out for just north of Edinburg and tacked on another 161 miles Total for the day 314.
We arrived in time to get in the middle of the butterfly migration. There are a few butterflies that won't be making their trip to Mexico this year. They stopped abruptly when the met Mel's front end. Here are the results.
After leaving the RV Park at the crack of nine am and a stop at the Flying J to top off Mel's tank we arrived at J-5 around 10:30 having successfully withstood the arduous days journey of 30 miles. Right away I saw a couple of familiar faces. Jack and Kathy and Mike and Shirley were the first to greet me. A stop off at the office and a meeting with the new manager, Marcella. I signed the necessary papers that are now a part of checking in. We now sign the Park Handbook and a bio sheet with emergency numbers, etc, nothing new or worrisome that I saw here. I then headed to rescue PaT and put him back in service. PaT didn't summer well. I found one low tire, the other three were totally flat. The power supply for the electrical wouldn't even accept a charge so I guess a new battery is in PaT's future, too. Other than that, the Cruiser is ready to roll. I then reclaimed Mel's spot and got the electricity hooked up. For some reason the satellite didn't want to lock on so I repositioned several times before it finally locked. By then it was siesta time and the rest of the setup will be done tomorrow.
Today I worked on more of the setup and with the weather around here it presented problems. Today the temperature hit 98 degrees and the humidity has been running 98% . This combination makes it very difficult to get a good satellite fix. I ended up moving back and forth about 6 times before I finally locked on the bird and got a picture. The other project for today was to set up an appointment with the Pep Boys to get service on Monday for PaT. Finding 3.5 tires flat doesn't instill a lot of confidence in their ability to stay inflated so I decided to have a flat bed tow truck come Monday and haul us to the shop. New tires are in order plus a new battery should make things a bit more dependable. Time now to watch the Cardinals beat the Cubs.
Today was weekend mode with the normal activity of watching football and baseball. Cardinals won, Irish didn't. David stopped by this morning and Mel got his fall bath. After all the butterfly's were removed it turns out Mel is white, who would have guessed. Still too warm to do much outside, 100 today and 98% humidity again. another week of enjoying the good life has passed.