It was bound to happen...
Often times full time RV life is depicted as all rainbows and unicorns. Well I am here today to tell you it is NOT! Not by a long shot! Ok, I take that back. We love this lifestyle but sometimes, when it rains it pours. This week has been one of those weeks!
We are still here in the beautiful Palo Duro Canyon State Park, but since we have been closed to campers and limited day use, the wildlife has definitely made themselves known. We have seen coyotes, dall sheep, a herd of free roaming cattle in our camping loop, turkeys constantly in our campsite and that is not all that have found our campsite... Mice and packrats have taken up residence and caused an all out war for us trying to fend them off. I am afraid we are loosing the battle! These are determined rodents and we have reached the breaking point! We have tried everything from bright lights under the RV, sonic plug-ins in every bay and inside, peppermint oil, fresh cab, sprays, powders, etc. But now the packrats have destroyed the outer and inner seal on our kitchen slide and we have had to tape up the damage. That's it, waving the white flag!
Oh not only that, but last night the power went out in our loop and came back on but not for us. After some investigation, it looks like our EMS system took the hit! Oh great, another $400 to fork out, however, bright side, it saved our entire RV electrical system and expensive electronics inside from getting zapped. Well good news, after letting the EMS system sit and recover from the hit, it is back up and running today.
Did I mention the area is the latest Covid-19 hotspot??? However, we have really limited our personal contact with people outside the park. We have only been to two restaurants in the past month and one we were the only people there until another family came in and were seated far away. We do grocery pick up for the most part and have also started receiving meals from Home Chef. We have really enjoyed these dinners as they have included everything we need to cook a delicious, high quality meal and get us out of our same old, same old rut. It is highly customizable for the number of dinners, low carb, vegetarian, extra protein, etc. If your interested, you can check it out here and get a $35 off!
Our sightseeing has been limited to drive bys. We have tried to make the most of it, but there are several things we will need to check out the next time we are in the area. We were able to visit the famous Cadillac Ranch where there are several classic cadillacs buried in a field on the side of I-40. The big draw is that you can bring your own spray paint and go to town until your hearts content. It was interesting to see some real artistic pieces and someone's take on the current epidemic.
We also visited the Legs of Amarillo and Combine City. Amarillo area certainly corners the market on quirky roadside attractions!
Our time here at Palo Duro Canyon State Park is coming to an end and we finally have campers back again, albeit only open to those who already had reservations. We are enjoying having a normal camp host experience again. We are leaving tomorrow, but not before we had one last interpretive host experience. We took Coy, the park coyote mascot, for a photo shoot around the park. We had a great time posing Coy for "Where's Coy" pictures and the park guests were entertained by him as well.
It is also getting pretty hot here and has hit 100 a couple times. Time to migrate north to cooler temps! We have booked a couple Boondockers Welcome and Harvest Host sites for our journey north and we have been very lucky they offer electric hookup...for free!!!! A castle near Oklahoma City is our next destination. Camping at a castle??? Yup!
See you down the road!
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Oh my gosh, those are determined rodents!!! Good call packing up... We are actually headed out of Austin within the next few days ourselves. We can't take this heat and humidity any more!! This is just brutal. We are headed to Carson National Forest in NM for the rest of the summer. It'll be hot, but not as hot as here, and much drier.
5/27/2020 12:41:32 pm
Hope to see you in July! The Hodag is on with changes and a limited crowd...we don’t even know what the entertainment will be.....but we will be there! We have 1 camping event in Peshtigo in June but that is about it....
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