I slept in on Sunday. I showered and washed my clothes in the sink. I repacked the buggy and checked out. Margarett had left a message for me at the desk. She wanted to swing by and bring me some things!
I chatted with the owners about the weather. I was headed to Seminole Canyon State Park to camp and resume the day in rest. It was around 10 miles west. They told me it had hailed there last night, and the boy scouts had to come to the motel to seek shelter! Nancy gave me a few pieces of cake and wished me well. Wish I got a picture of them :(. They were nice people.
Margarett came by! She gave me a cup on ice, a bottle of sprite, carrots, biscuits, holy water, and bug lotion! I thanked her. We exchanged information and she told me to let her know if I needed help down the road. We parted ways.
It seemed like a long day but I was only going a few miles. Well 10 miles, but in reality that is a short day. For some reason it dragged on. I must have still been in “rest mode”. I kept up with hydration and made my way west.
I made Seminole Canyon around 2:30 p.m. A mile before the state park, I got another flat :(. I didn’t want to stop and fix it. It was hot and I just wanted to rest. I kept pumping it up with air every few hundred yards and crept my way to the park headquarters. I figured I would tend to it once I set up camp.
It was a great hike.
I spoke with the staff and their systems were down. The storm knocked out the internet access the night before. They told me to find a spot, and to swing by in the morning to pay the park fees. They also told me Betty, the park host, would be there to greet me.
I hiked up the road to the desert vista campground. The tire held up. Betty greeted me! She told me we would be expecting another storm and I was the only camper. I could sleep in the bathroom building if it got bad. She told me the public wifi was still down and offered me to swing her RV to use a mobile hotspot to contact family!
I met up with Betty and her husband Carl! They were so nice to me and welcomed me inside. It felt really cool to be inside an RV, literally, and figuratively. They had AC. We talked about the journey, the park, the road ahead, and lots of other things. They gave me some really good cherries to eat, and offered me to join them for coffee in the morning! They also gave me a Texas map! After quickly messaging some family and friends, I retreated back down to camp.
Storms to the west, yet the sky above was open. I saw sights I have never seen before: rapid lightening, a textured sky, and the milky way above. Surrounded by hills, canyons, and valleys, stars littered the sky-scape. Satellites and planes. It was awesome, in a true sense of the word.