First thing in the morning, which for us us between 9 and 10 am, we go outside and I let Katie walk by herself until she's done. For our afternoon "outs," the ground is way to hot for Katie's feet, so I put her in the stroller and walk her over to the shower house where there are trees and she can do her thing in the shade. I sometimes walk 1/2 the loop which is a third of a mile (I've gotten acclimated to the heat) and Katie jumps from the stroller right into The Palms when we get home. In the evening, usually around 7 pm, the rocks and pavement are again cool enough for her to walk a little by herself, then I put her back into the stroller and we take a walk around the park.
She's having problems with the Seroma on her right ankle swelling up a lot, so I'm restricting her walking. Poor thing, she wants to walk more, but the one time I let her, it took three days for the hard lump to finally get smaller and softer. Sometimes she gets back into The Palms and wants to play:
Yesterday afternoon and this morning I had to clean and sanitize our fresh water tank. It was starting to smell and taste bad even with the blue hose filter and the whole house filter. I think the extreme heat here encourages bacteria to flourish, but honestly, it was time to take care of this task, anyway. When the water tank was empty the first time I also changed the whole house filter. So those two jobs are done for a while. The only issue was that between filling the fresh water tank three times and dumping the black/grey tanks after filling them with the fresh water twice, I was outside in the hot sun waaaaay to long. When I was done I couldn't wait to get to the showers.
We also topped off the pantry and fridge at Wal-Mart and I got an inside/outside thermometer so I could see how hot is it outside.
Other than that, things have been very quiet here, and tomorrow we are moving on. I'm looking forward to being in a new campground and campsite, but will probably be back in Elephant Butte when our 14 days are up at the next campground. This weekend is Elephant Days (August 21-23) with arts and crafts, food, a pet parade, balloon regatta, balloon glow, car-truck-motorcycle show, hula hoop contest and live music and dancing. It sounds like there is something for everyone. I don't know how crowded it gets here, but I'll miss it. They are launching balloons over the lake - that would be cool to see.
Here are more photos from the last few weeks - after being on the road for more than four years, and re-visiting a lot of the same places, I don't have many new photos to post. But I still love the jack rabbits and lizards, which is about all I see here. :)
This guy runs in front of The Palms twice a day, at least I think it's the same rabbit. I love the loping gait of the jack rabbits.
These are such pretty lizards. We see them during our late afternoon walks. This one was pushing up and down like push-ups:
Look how large and strong his back legs are:
I got a good shot of one that shows all his colors, even a little turquoise on his belly:
I think they are kind of creepy, but from what I've read, even though they can be pests to homeowners, they are harmless to humans:
Pretty sunset sky:
From me and Katie, have a great Monday evening, everyone! :)