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STOP #281

We have arrived here at Black Mesa State Park.

To give you an idea of where that is, we're 6.5 miles from New Mexico, 11 miles from Colorado, 23.5 miles from Texas and a whopping 47.5 miles from Kansas. That's assuming you could walk a straight line from here to each one of those, which you can't.

Now that we've got that all straightened out,
I'm basically saying we're out in the middle of No Man's Land, OK!

Being out in the middle of nowhere has it's advantages and disadvantages. First the advantages, it's quiet, peaceful and if it weren't for the full moon tomorrow night, we would be having some excellent star gazing opportunities.

But now for the disadvantages! If you're running low on propane? 33 miles to the nearest supplier. Running low on gasoline? It's 27 miles to the nearest pump. Truck broke down? 22 miles to the nearest repair shop. Ran out of milk? Guess what, it's 22 miles to the nearest food store.

Fortunately we are not in need of any of those things, because we knew in advance we'd be in the middle of nowhere for the weekend. Not that our next location is any closer to services, but we will double check everything when we drive through town on Monday on our way north to Colorado.

The good news is if we do have any kind of emergency needs, there is an AT&T cell phone tower just a few miles away, so we could use my phone to call for help. We just can't use Tricia's phone, it's on the Verizon network.

We are down in a shallow canyon, away from the winds.

With a decent amount our space between us and our neighbors.

SATURDAY - Tricia spent most of her day working on her "indoor project".

I'd say it's nearly at the half way point for sure. She's been taking photos of her work in progress and will share them when it's all done.

Me? I've been playing Wordle Unlimited until I can't see straight!

I've also been "tweaking" the blog site in ways that most of you will never notice, but I do. I've been making hidden shortcuts to navigate between pages that I am constantly having to take the long way around to get there.

The other thing I've been working on is our Alaska Trip Page. I've pretty much decided on our route, but I know several people who read this blog have been to Alaska and may have knowledge they would like to share on some "MUST SEE" items and just as importantly those "DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME" items.

Please share what you wish in the Facebook Group comments. We'd hate to miss anything important because this will probably be a "once in a lifetime" trip for us.

A place to sit and stargaze at night or bald eagle watch in the daylight.

Thought I was kidding, didn't you?

Looks like wood, feels like rock, tastes like sh_t. It's petrified!

BTW - Two big thumbs up for the bathrooms and showers here at the park. The were private, clean, large, with great water pressure and plenty of hot water. The only down side is the shower water is push button on/off style and therefore not adjustable temperature wise.
Still, it's by far the best we've seen in a long time!

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