As of today I’m into the third week of boondocking at an Escapees RV park in eastern New Mexico. I came here to meet and visit with a woman I met online at the suggestion of another Escapee member. She loves to play her keyboard and she plays gigs in the local nursing homes and other venues when she gets a chance.
We have become great friends, mostly through our mutual interest in astrology, and through our love of cats. She has a beautiful male kitty named Clyde who is chock full of personality. So far we have attended two concerts at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center in Artesia, NM, both of them very fun and full of humor. I am delighted that Artesia has enough interest in cultural affairs of the community to provide these concerts, especially in these economically challenging times.
In addition to our visitation, she was surprised and pleased to welcome back to the park an Escapee couple who actually reside on their ‘farm’ in Spain, and who visit the U.S. in a van. They arrived here a few days after I did, and we all got along famously. “He”, Mike, is a professional musician who plays keyboard. “She”, Rosie, is his manager and planner, who is also learning to play the banjo, as I am. We had a grand time comparing notes, so to speak! The last time Mike and Rosie were here was 10 years ago.
In addition to these activities, I also welcomed another friend to visit with me from elsewhere in New Mexico. We visited Brantley Lake State Park, the park in Artesia, and the Beach Park in Carlsbad. We didn’t want to do the tourist thing, so we left out the caverns and other points of interest. I wish the weather had been more cooperative.
Except for night time lights and computer hookups, boondocking has been very good to me. At least in this park there is free wi-fi that I can connect to at the club house. For a while I was using the connection at my friend’s, but as she is having her rig refurbished with a new floor and furniture, there is not as much room to do that as there was at first.
I’m glad to get back to the page after so many days of just thinking about it. I hope I will have a lot more to write about later.