It has been very hot. There is a drought and a heat wave in this part of the country right now. I’m doing my best to stay hydrated.
I decided a couple of things today:
- I’m not going to Big Bend or anywhere in Texas
- I’m doing less driving between destinations, hopefully no more than 3 hours per travel day.
- I’m not staying anywhere for less than 2 nights
It’s too hot to go to Big Bend, and the parks are too far from the nearest towns where I could stay. I was considering Marfa as a place to stay but it’s 2.5 hours from Marfa to Big Bend State Park. The National Park is closer but I’m not interested in driving more than 1/2 hour or so from where I’m staying. I also am concerned about breaking down or having another kind of car problem when commuting to and from the park across the west Texas landscape.
Today I drove from Green River UT to Mesa Verde National Park near Mancos CO. It took a hour longer than I thought it would, I was exhausted when I got to the park, I didn’t get to see much, and I had all of the gear and food I brought in the hot sun without AC when the car was parked.
I went to the highest peak in the park, looked around, recorded some sound, then got back in the car on and took a quick cat nap with the AC on.
Mesa Verde National Park.m4a
I contacted my AirBnB host and asked if i could check in an hour early, and if I could extend my reservation by a day for 2 nights total. They were kindly able to accommodate me with both requests. By the time I drove out of the park, went to the store to get some food for breakfast, and got the AirBnb, I was able to check in. Thankfully the AirBnB has good AC and a large floor fan.
I need to be more mindful of my time budget and not push it on my way to new places. So, a minimum of 2 nights for the rest of the trip. It also gives me a chance to catch up on writing, processing photos and audio, and napping.
Mancos is a nice town with a strong Western vibe. It has a couple of restaurants, a makers district, a cidery and a few cafes. People have been friendly and chatty.
Got not-great dinner to go at a local brewpub and went back to the place I am staying. Parked the Prius in the middle of a bunch of trucks in the brewpub parking lot.
Talked with Joshua to get some ideas for southern NM. There is a large land art installation near White Sands that I might check out.