Today was downright chilly. Which is simultaneously a relief and a little scary.
It’s a relief because the heat has been wearing at us and the cooler temperature felt really good! But it’s also a scary reminder that winter is on its way. By the time September runs out we will probably need to leave South Dakota for somewhere warmer.
Just thinking of winter sends stress hormones pumping through our veins. We’re assuming we’ll probably head back to New Mexico or Nevada, but no set up is going to provide the kind of stability we have here on the ranch.
If we camp on BLM land we’ll have to move every two weeks, haul water and invest in more solar panels to power our bed heaters. Maybe we’d be lucky enough to find a good campground with hookups but a lot of campgrounds are closed for the winter. Besides, it would bring our expenses up a lot to have to pay for campgrounds.
And what if even Nevada and New Mexico get unbearably cold on some nights? What would we do then? Would we be able to find a hotel I could tolerate? How long could we afford staying in a hotel anyway? Would we have to get passports and head into Mexico?
These are the thoughts and questions that we’re trying not to worry about. But the colder weather has definitely brought them to the forefront of our minds.
I just wish we could find a good indoor living situation and stay here where things are finally starting to feel familiar. But I don’t know that I’m really ready for that and I really don’t want to slow down my body’s healing process. It’s making such quick progress!
One thing is for sure, it’s going to be really hard to willingly thrust ourselves back into the world of bouncing from place to place and sleeping on the side of the road. Let’s just hope it doesn’t come to that.
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