Another trying morning with this hitch. I think it took us longer to get hooked up today than it did our first day. I know we’ll get the hang of it. I find myself already in a negative headspace about tomorrow morning. So, I am trying to have positive self talk, “I am going to direct him correctly the first time”, “we can do this, just like we did with the old hitch”. Here’s to another day.
We have realized that our children adjusted more quickly to the homeschool lifestyle that we thought. When in public school, the kids had to be up by 5:45 am, so I could start driving them to school by 6:40 am. We woke them up around 7:15 am and most of them moaned and groaned that it was super early. I am glad that they are sleeping in, I think the time change may have something to do with that too. We were planning to do school while on the road, but we just didn’t, so tomorrow we will! Everyday is an opportunity for learning.
We got on the road about 9:30 am, which wasn’t bad, but we hoped to be rolling out by 9. About half an hour into our drive, a warning light appeared on the dash, telling us to “check trailer brake wiring” or something like that. Thankfully, there was an exit coming up. Eric got out and checked the breakaway cable and the plug from the truck to the trailer. He thought maybe the truck to trailer connection wasn’t secure, so he adjusted them. I hopped out to check brake lights and off we wen. Eric was a little unsettled for several miles, but he calmed down. We were thankful that it turned out to be a minor issue.
We went a little further today than yesterday, so we had to stop to refuel. Our gas mileage was not as good as we had hoped, and according to Buck we only had 18 miles to go before we were out of gas. We had not taken into account that we were starting to change elevations and our truck was having to work a little harder. I did see one gas station along the way at some point, but there was no signage on I-10, so I’m not sure if it was opened or would have been able to accommodate us. Anyway, we made it to the gas station and Eric will now be even more cautious in his gas calculations.
We made it to the RV Park got unhitched, (which, by the way, goes much better than hitching up) and unloaded the truck. I went to the office to see if there were any landmarks or quirky things that were uniquely Van Horn. The staff laughed at me. I mean belly laughed. One employees said that many people come to take a picture of their weather vane. And another employee suggested we go see Prada Marfa. “What is that?”, I asked. She explained that it was an art project in the middle of nowhere and directed me to a postcard. Then I remembered reading about it online in a “things to do in Texas” article. I decided to see if Eric would go for the idea. I don’t think he wanted to go, but he loves me, so we loaded everyone up and off we went toward Valentine, TX.
The drive was beautiful, we saw Texas mountains (probably not considered mountains to those in Colorado, but mountains to Texans because we’re used to flat), some unique structures and what appeared to be some off grid living. It took us about 30 minutes or so from RV park to get Prada Marfa. Go ahead Google Prada Marfa, it’s so strange. What was was even more surprising were the amount of people, like us, who were there. I think in the ten to 15 minutes we were there, there were at least 20 that stopped to photograph it. Y’all, it is literally on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. I wish now that I would have crossed the highway to give you a better sense of the scale. My children did not understand the “art” of it. For some reason we had a hard time explaining to them that there are different art mediums and everyone has a different opinion of what is considered art. Well, it will be another memory for the children to remember me as weird. “Remember that one time mom had dad drive us to the middle of nowhere to the store where you couldn’t buy anything and it was supposed to be art?”, “yeah, she was so crazy”. Well at least that’s a conversation I hope they have. Also, behind the Prada Marfa was a lock fence. It was pretty neat. The kids really enjoyed looking at all of the different locks. We drove back and stopped at a historical marker, which made me laugh because it seemed they couldn’t decide who the well was actually named after, and that the mail route had an absolutely ridiculous name. We came home to perfectly cooked Instant Pot baked potatoes. We put on a movie for the kids and Eric and I began working.
We have been watching the weather because tomorrow is supposed to have some pretty substantial winds and strong wind gusts developing late morning early afternoon. Hopefully we can get up and going without much issue and miss most of it. All in all it was a pretty good day.