When we last left you, we were parked along Cochiti Lake, and had pretty much not left our campsite except for an errand run into Albuquerque.
Blissfully catching up on sleep, rest, projects and finally just being at home.
We ended up extending for the full 14-days we were allowed. First come first serve sites are our favorite for allowing us that flexibility.
Not that the campground was anywhere near full. It’s end of the season at Cochiti Lake, with signs posted closing down on November 1st.
We pretty much had our entire dry camping loop to ourselves for the rest of the stay.
That sort of solitude is something we normally only enjoy while out boondocking, so it added delightfully to the experience for us.
After two weeks, we had pretty much explored all of the nearby walking & hiking opportunities – which is one of our measures of when it’s time to move on.
Taking Care of Ourselves
Pretty much though, we continued to be homebodies.
So much so, when the day came to broadcast our live video cast on ‘Free & Cheap RV Camping’ – we realized we just weren’t as re-charged as we thought. It takes a good bit of energy for these introverts to turn on the camera and invite folks into our living room for an evening.. and then into archived prosperity.
Once we upload our video archive up to YouTube, we’re usually onslaught with a smattering of trollish comments.
It’s just the nature of YouTube, relatively anonymous folks feel safe sharing ‘constructive criticism’. Many other video bloggers report similarly.
Usually, these comments don’t impact us much – just a groan, silently mouthing ‘get a life’ and then a click of the delete & ban button. Life is too short to dwell on it.
But the thought of inviting new ones left us feeling extra raw this day, and just not in the frame of mind to be putting ourselves ‘out’ there.
And you know what? That’s ok.
Taking care of ourselves is the prime directive. We are in decompression mode, and sometimes it’s toughest to be on when actively healing.
We’re so very blessed for such a supportive community who embraced us with positivity that evening when we postponed, which was so heart warming. Thank you to each and everyone of you who reached out.
We’ll reschedule the video broadcast in the next week or so, once we find our next spot with great connectivity.
We did however manage to get our lazy butts out of the house the next day to explore Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks – a nearby national monument we had gotten several recommendations to check out.
The 4 mile hike was absolutely amazing. Each step brought a new vista as we approached the rocks, then entered the slot canyons and then ascended the side of a mountain/cliff/hill. Each time we turned around, a new perspective on the lands around us.
It was so worth mustering up the energy to make the short drive over.
We can see why some told us that Tent Rocks is one of their favorite spots in New Mexico. It certainly mesmerized us. Definitely, if you’re in the Santa Fe or Albuquerque area, put it on your list.
Sometimes it’s difficult for us to get into touristy exploring mode, especially when trying to nest at home. But that is one of the luxuries of this RVing lifestyle – we’re always at home, and always traveling. We CAN do both, and we really should more often.
We live in an amazing world, and there never seems to be a shortage of new things to explore. Even after over 9 years on the road, it feels like we’re still just getting started.
The ride height valve on our rear suspension has been leaking more air than it should for many miles. Having heard great things about Hal Burns in Santa Fe, we decided to take advantage of a shop to get it swapped out.
So on Thursday morning, we got up early to make our 8am appointment.
While there, we’re also taking care of a couple other minor maintenance items – like new starter batteries. We hadn’t changed the original cheapie mismatched ones since we bought the bus over 4 years ago, and they’re starting to show signs of dying.
Our Precision Temp Jr. is also chugging propane like it’s at a frat party beer chugging contest (about 30lbs a week!!). So we’re taking advantage of shop tools to make some adjustments to the engine pre-heat coolant loop, which is convecting heat continually into the engine (wasted energy). Some check valves should hopefully solve the problem.
Our ride height valve is on order to arrive Monday, which has left us in Santa Fe for the weekend to explore this beautiful city full of charm and endless delicious food. Oh, darn.
We’re loving it here, and our social calendar has quickly filled up. Santa Fe seems to attract some downright awesome people.