Saturday, March 02, 2013

Made it to Longmont. Our new home.

On Wednesday afternoon, the 27th, we left the main Elephant Butte area and drove north looking for some of the other camping areas. Besides the area we were in, the are a dozen more camping areas in the EB State Park. The ones we came across we're very rustic. The dirt access roads were marginal looking and should be investigated with a  car before trying with a camper.  We wound up at the South Monticello Point campground. Water/electric sites for $14/night. We camped right next to Ken. The lake in this area is really low. The only water is in a rather narrow channel on the far side of the lake. The boat ramp is closed.

On Thursday we continued north. Stopped in Soccoro for a WalMart run then on to ABQ. Picked up some goodies at the Trader Joe's then went to the Sandia Casino where we spent the night.  We didn't go inside the casino but did fill up with some Indian gas for $3.17/gal. The cheapest gas we've come across in quite sometime.   

Not as nice as Elephant Butte

Friday we drove to Trinidad, CO and stayed at the WalMart for the night.

On Saturday we continued to Monument to have lunch with our friends John and Linda continued on to Longmont; our new home.

We arrived in Longmont on March 2nd at 2:30pm. 2,708 miles from our old home in Fort Pierce, FL to our new home in Longmont. A wonderfully, uneventful trip. No mechanical problems, no wrecks, no major traffic tie-ups. Just perfect.

First thing, Gopher and I took a walk around our new neighborhood then I drove Carol around.  The house is locked up but we got our first look at the outside.
We'll meet with Becky the sales lady, on Tuesday or so.

We are so glad to be here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Elephant Butte

We're enjoying our stay here. So far, except for one 5th wheel on Saturday night, we've had the beach area all to ourselves.
Ken Fears is staying at the Monticello South campground. He stopped by for a visit on Saturday on his way into T or C.
Sunday was a stormy day. Depending on what weather guesser you listened to, the winds were from 30 to 50mph. The lake was covered with white caps.  We had some brief snow flurries as well with an overnight low of 27*.  
A stormy Sunday

It was so windy it was blowing the seagulls away!

Today was a more typical day. At, or below, freezing at night but close to 60* during the day with winds in the 10 to 15mph range. Our Wave 3 heater is doing a decent job. When it's right at freezing outside, we've been waking up to about 55* inside. Cool, but manageable. Ken is staying in a site with electricity plus he's an engineer by training. Here is his cold weather solution. He has three heaters with thermostats. An electric  free standing one, the reverse cycle part of the A/C system and the propane furnace. He sets the thermostat on the free standing heater at 68*, sets the A/C to 66* and the furnace to 64*. That way, according to his engineering calculations, he's keeping warm in the most efficient possible way.  Our non-engineering solution to cold weather boondocking  is another blanket or layer of clothes.  Everybody is happy. What else matters?

On Friday we continue north to arrive in Longmont on Sunday, March 3rd.