Crazy windy night last night – the howling woke me up numberous times, but I was happy to find the canopy still fastened to the ground this morning (thanks to the 8 inch spikes I use for tent pegs!) and everything stored beneath it, still there. The wind blew in a bit of a cold front however, and Pippa and I stayed snug as bugs until it warmed up around 9 am.
After a pot of super-strong coffee, I began working away at my list of things to do before I leave Quartzsite.
First task: laundry. As many of you will know, I only keep two small totes of clothes, so there is never more than one big washer full. I no longer separate colours and whites, that’s now too fussy for me. In another three months my clothes should be the same colour and it will no longer be even a passing consideration.
I decided to wash everything. Even if I hadn’t worn it, I can assume it’s consumed an ounce of dust just by existing in the van this last month. I stripped my bed, removed my duvet cover, and added both my blankets to the pile. I even took the cushion covers off! (First time ever, and they washed up well)
Got to town just in time to do laundry (forgetting yet again that the laundromat closes at 2:00 on weekends. While the clothes washed, I had lunch next door. Ive been here long enough that it feels like a little ritual now. After that, I took Pip to the dog park, where she had a great hour playing with two other little Italian Greyhounds. We are going to miss the dog park. I hope we find more along the way. Went and filled up the water.
After that I wandered back to camp and have been chatting with friends and doing a bit of writing this evening.
The weather is report is less severe now, but I’m still aiming to head out on Tuesday morning. That just leaves tomorrow. Yoga in the morning, break down camp in the afternoon, long walk at dusk. That’s the plan 🙂
Today was what I would call a proper “oatmeal” day. Good coffee. Fresh air. Clean sheets. Happy Dog. Chats with friends about the everyday. Not particularly memorable, but the sort of day that sustains me 🙂