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Friday, December 9, 2016, Cottonwood Campground, Big Bend National Park, TX, Day 2, 0 Miles, 2,823.7 Miles For the Trip

The furnace got a good workout throughout the evening, overnight, and most of the day. At 2:09PM, it hit the high for the day of 50°F. I thought this part of Texas was suppose to be warm! Last night I slept wearing a knit hat.

I did get out for a couple of laps around the campground. On one of the circuits I saw some Javelinas munching the grass on one of the sites. I've been looking the Great Horned Owl that lives here at the campground, but while a neighbor saw it yesterday, no such luck for me so far.

I did notice that here at the Cottonwood campground I've found the first "smelly" vault toilets in the National Park System. The design includes good ventilation with a chimney built in that, as long as users close the toilet lids, keep oders down. The difference? These have urinals build into the toilet & since there is no cover to make the air flow work, they stink. At least the toilet seats won't end up wet!

The tree trimmers haven't showed up yet so the place is very quiet.

Last night we had a Toyota Class C RV from Florida, a guy in a Honda that was camping in the back of his car, a Class B towing a Jeep, and a site with three guys in tents. All but the Toyota Class C left during the day; for awhile I thought it would be just me & the guy form Florida, but a Unimog type RV from Switzerland and a tent camper moved in next door. There are only about 4-5 sites that are not closed for the tree work. Lots of people drive through, but don't stay.

A Javelina A Pair of Javelinas Desert Mountain From The Group Campsite The Unimog

While it is still early, I'm typing this while my fingers are still flexible enough. I have the thermostat set for 56°F to conserve the battery & propane, and with the outside temperature at 50°F, the trailer is at 59°F and not expected to get much warmer. I'm going into the evening with the batteries down by 18 amp hours.

Until Tomorrow -


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