kangaroo rat

When I was at the Organ Mountain[s] national monument I had the sliding door open after dark.   The interior light was throwing a bit of illumination on the ground.

One of these guys went scampering by.  Looked like a gerbil with a longer tail curved up and ending in a black tuft.  If they hop like a ‘roo this one was slacking.  He walked like a normal mouse.

By Bcexp [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

NM: 8300′ USFS boondocking

This is my first weekend off from work at the new gig. Currently camping in a national forest in New Mexico at 8300′. I found another spot at 9300′ but there was no verizon there. Here there is a connection about 10% of the time so I can write email and the machine will keep banging on it until it can get through.

I drove up yesterday (friday) afternoon-evening and will probably stay until late Sunday night. Continue reading “NM: 8300′ USFS boondocking”

EL: Sunday, and the interview

I write this from a dispersed camping spot in the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument.  At 6000ft it’s a few degrees cooler than El Paso at the same time period.


Breakfast and coffee at Joe Vinny & Bronson’s.  Laid back and caring service;  Eddie is a great guy.

At 10 the Wyler Aerial Tramway opened up and I was in the first couple of cars that went up.  Wasn’t planning on staying up there a long time, but saw info on the Ranger’s Peak trail.  Signed out at the gift shop up top, got a map, and promised to call when done so they know I didn’t crack my fool head open. Continue reading “EL: Sunday, and the interview”

I hate humidity / oil change

oilf927736ae7b558a61be70b427ff5225a.mediaLast night I was under the Promaster draining the motor oil and installing a Fumoto F106N quick drain valve. I chose the valve:

  1. to simplify future oil changes
  2. to make future oil changes less likely to spill (a hose is attached to the nipple and run into the container)
  3. to make oil analysis samples easier to take
  4. to make small reductions in oil level easier to make, in case of overfill.

I was wearing eye protection and it was so humid out that the glasses were immediately filled with fog.  I couldn’t see.  That was ok because the oil pan and drain plug were simple enough to feel for.

I will not miss the humidity in this part of Texas.  Right now it is 6am, 77F and 94% humidity.  Seriously?  Humidity in Dallas is within 3 percentage points of Portland, OR, fer pete’s sake.

Several years back the [now ex-]wife and I made a road trip to New Mexico in July.  Highs each day were around 100F but it felt delightful, even effervescent.  We were giggly;  it was like a blanked of oppression had been lifted.  Yes, we got nosebleeds after a week of it but a little saline and vaseline in the nose took care of that.













snowbird reality

was looking at Santa Fe national forest as a boondocking location and looked up the current weather.

yeah, 102f in Dallas and 59f in Santa Fe.  sweet baby Jesus.

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