I camped for 14 days at a closed National Forest campground. I was given permission to camp out for free for fourteen days. Hooray!
This fourteen day sojourn was heavenly. Long walks, brilliant sky, crazy rain and hail. I tried all kinds of new procedures, like washing my hair with vinegar and water (worked pretty good for a day or so), bathing outdoors (fun), eating cold soups out of a can in the back of the truck on the fourth consecutive all day rain day (edible, barely), and trying to deal with garbage. The dealing with garbage was rough. I forgot to de-package my last purchases before camping, and ended up on the first camping day with 3 bags of plastic and cellophane and cardboard. Yuck.
I am now in the town of Cortez, at the library in a private study room. What luxury, electricity and air conditioning and flush toilets. I found out that at 11:45 I can go to the rec center and get a shower. For $3. Hooray! then I will go to a UPS store and see if I can collect mail. Then shopping for food for the next two week sojourn while I do laundry next door. There are no commercial campgrounds near Cortez, so I will probably sleep in the Walmart parking lot tonight.
I am having a great time. I am enchanted with the town of Cortez. I love the long walks. The “reach-in” reading selection came to a slow down when I picked up the christian bible, King James, and the Advaita Bodha Deepika – The Lamp of non-Dual Knowledge. I am reading every word. Slowly. I read the Advaita Bodha Deepika, then got stuck at Samuel in the bible, but will continue on.