Water in the desert is so precious and wonderful. Villanueva State Park is on the banks of the Pecos River. Every weekend the river is full of laughing children and adults on huge rubber rings. Weekdays are full of very loud birdsongs. The camping site was perfect. Shelter from wind and rain.And it was perfect for a major clean out (bugs, dirt, dust, disorganization).Every jar, can, book, and bottle was taken out of the truck and wiped down and reorganized. Phew. It was a major relief. I bagged books to donate to the next thrift store, threw out 2 gallon water container that was filled with green slime, and squished strange bugs. It was incredibly therapeutic. Then I got to sit in the shelter and read between walks (Villanueva State Park has some nice trails). Heavenly for this traveler!This heaven lasted until the weekends when family reunions and church parties and high school graduation parties overwhelmed the quiet.
The families were great to me, and I was fed hot dogs, and burritos and soups each weekend. During each weekend there was a presentation by the State Parks. I passed on the star watch, but adored seeing the raptor presentation. Having a red tailed hawk and a great horned owl two feet from my eyes was more than thrilling. Then, come Monday, the campground was filled back up with birdsongs instead of generators.
I packed up a very clean truck after 14 days and headed out. There was no cell phone service at Villanueva, so it is time to catch up and post to this blog.
I will not be posting a budget anymore. It works, and I am saving money. You can do it, too. Just count every penny, have a strict budget and keep to it.