I’m starting this journal on the third day of March. I intend to try to write a line or so each day. I will try to update on at least a weekly basis.
I went for a long walk today. I started uphill and walked the ridgeline as much as possible. I intersected an old roadway that went to an abandoned mine and followed that roadway part way back to my camp. As I was cutting across, away from the road, toward my camp I jumped a jackrabbit. It startled me but that turned to surprise when I saw how large it was. I think it compared in size to Nancy’s dogs. It’s ears appeared to be almost as long as it legs were. It’s certainly presented a larger picture of a jackrabbit then what I remember seeing in Wyoming.
I didn’t do much today. I decided to go to a meeting in Ajo, Arizona. I found the necessary particulars of the meeting online.
We had a good meeting last night. Only traveled 3 miles to make the meeting but it was over BLM roads that are graded yet rough, with twists and turns, up and down and a 15 mph speed limit. It took about 15 minutes to travel that 3 miles.
While I was in town I bought my tobacco that should last me a month. I found it on sale and bought 10 rolls for $18.00. That is quite a bit of a savings from my normal purchase price.
I moved camp a couple of miles today to a place a little farther off the road. It is a much nicer campsite with more privacy but the cell service is very spotty. My phone indicates that I am only getting 1X with one bar. I am not able to download much and very slow on upload. I may decide to move.
I saw an astounding sight last night. I woke up about midnight and looked out the window and saw that it was very bright outside. I stepped outside to look at the Moon. The Moon wasn’t there. All I saw was stars. It was quite a sight. I don’t think I remember ever seeing such a number of bright stars. I think I could’ve gone for a walk.
Decided not to move until about Tuesday when I will go to town, do my laundry, and go to the library, all in preparation for starting toward Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday.
Didn’t do much today. Just took a walk, did some reading, and then did some personal care items.
I watched a beautiful sunrise this morning and meditated upon the relationship of man to God. I would like to discuss that with someone. I think it could be interesting and enlightening
I had a brown fox or small coyote come through camp this morning. It made me realize that the size of animals quite often disagrees with my mental image.
I worked on my electric grid today. I noticed one of my roof rack clamps was loose so I decided to redo the clamps on one side of my van. I also cleaned the solar panels. That’s a job that has to be done about every two weeks.
I didn’t do a whole lot today. I did some reading, some calisthenics and took a walk.
Saw my first hummingbird today. The creosote bushes are in bloom and saw one hummingbird moving to feed on the blossoms.
I went to town today in preparation for leaving this area tomorrow. I spent about 3 hours at the library this morning doing some general internet work such as updating and downloading books to my Kindle app on the computer and my tablet. I also downloaded books to my Nook reader. I then went to do my laundry and hit my solar panel on an overhanging awning. Thank goodness there wasn’t any damage just a loose connection.
I had to redo one of my roof rack clamps. I guess when I hit that awning it twisted enough to knock that clamp loose. I hope!
I had to put another hole in my belt today. That is the third one that I put in since I started losing weight. I have a question. What is the best way to gather clothes around your waist when they are too large for you? I am finding it difficult to keep my pants from falling down around my knees.
I moved about 125 miles today. Most of it was through Indian reservation. I’m now on the east edge of Tucson Arizona on BLM land. I had originally planned on spending about a week here but it is a very poor camping spot. It certainly would do for an overnight stay but I wanted more. I guess I’ll make my run to Wal-Mart, to buy my groceries in the next day or two and then go on down the road. At least I have good cellular service.
I decided to stay so I moved about 70 feet to a vacated spot next to a tree. I put up my awning to provide shade for the side of the van. The people who left the spot left a six gallon water jug, wild bird seed and firewood. I cleaned and sanitized the water jug so that it looks brand new. The van still got very hot but I did see a lot of different wild life.