Yesterday, I helped Annie move to a new campsite! It was a fun day and I learned so much stuff about trailers and I saw tons of New Mexico!
First, we hitched the trailer, Breeze, to the car, Bella, like this. There is the hitch and some chains and a big cable and we had to check that all of them were connected right before we could go. I was so excited when Annie started the car! We were on our way!
We didn’t go very far, though. Our first stop was the dump station to get rid of all our poop! Our trailer has a bathroom and everything goes into a tank. And when the tank is full, Annie gets to empty it out with this big red hose and then rinse it out. She let me stay in the car, and I was fine with that because I’m paper and I don’t like getting wet!
Finally, we got to hit the open road! It was so cool! We saw lots of mountains and cactus and even some hawks flying over us.
The road got narrow and it had some curves like a roller-coaster! I’ve never seen a road sign like this one!
We were on a little road that had these grates every few miles. I asked Annie what they were and she said they were cattle guards. The ranches are are so big that the cattle roam for miles. They won’t walk on metal, though, so the ranchers build cattle guard to keep them from wandering onto the wrong ranch! (In the desert, ranches are what we call farms back in Wisconsin.)
We saw some windmills too. Annie says their job is to draw water up like for a well. It wasn’t very windy, though, so the windmill wasn’t spinning at all.
Then we were out of the mountains and everything got really flat! We could see the road ahead of us for miles.
We went over one more hill and then I saw something so weird and wonderful that I couldn’t help yelling “Look over there, Annie! What IS that?” She just smiled and said I will find out on Saturday. That is still four whole days away and I have to wait that long? Oh, I wish she would tell me now but she says it’s a surprise. I do like surprises, so I will try hard to wait four more days.
We drove through a little town and then I spotted the sign for our campground. We turned left and looked at ALL the campsites three times before Annie decided which one to take. She said that we won’t have any electric outlet to hook up to, so the solar panels on top of Breeze, the trailer, will have to generate all our electricity. The site she picked has the most sun and the trees won’t get in the way, so we will be able to make lots of solar power!
Then Annie left the digital me in the trailer all by myself (remember, I’ve been on her iPhone all this time, which is not that exciting because it’s been hard to take pictures with me). She said she would see me really soon and walked away.
Hey, she wasn’t kidding! She did see me soon! She went to the Post Office near the campground and got the real Flat Eliza! Yay, I’m real! And now we can take all the pictures with me in them, yay!!
Here’s the map of today’s road trip! We started at the bottom and went north and then west to Datil Well Campground.