Got there yesterday. Weather was overcast but I still managed to turn pretty pink in a few hours. How I gravitate to a place so naturally unsuitable for whites, I don't know.
It's been really rainy down here lately and it's very green. I used to be only able to count maybe two plants on my property. Now it's maybe seven. Two kinds of flowers and even butterflies are out. It's really pretty but also annoying because the thron bushes are stronger than ever and have taken back over the little trails I made for riding.
My trailer is a mess. Even without any food sources the mice came back. I think I set a couple traps for them before and it didn't seem to do anything although I understand those probably have to be watched and worked with, you can't just leave them for five months and come back. There's so much mouse poop and pee all over. There's also some black mold on the ceiling by the kitchen area.
My plan has been to gut and clean the bedroom area, put up insulation and seal it off, and basically build a room within a room. The trailer is bad enough I'm tempted to write it off and I'm trying to weigh the benefits of building a standalone structure and not trying to tear down that room. I'm worried about getting sick with the endless mouse poop. It would also be even smaller than I thought, after insulation and walling it would end up not being much bigger than 6' in any direction.
I stayed in El Paso for the night. This location is fantastic, walking distance to Home Depot. I looked in the hardware store in Van Horn and while plywood was pretty decent and well priced, they didn't have any foam board and there wasn't as much selection of house wrap sort of stuff. I wish Goat's Gulch Van Horn was closer to Home Depot and not 2h15m or so. It really is an amazing store. But then land probably wouldn't be as cheap as $250 an acre, either.
My goal is to make a temporary structure to live in till I can convert a shipping container, probably a month or two out. But having something I can reuse for other purposes would be ideal.
Still pretty undecided on what to build. But, I'll figure it out and come up with something. I hope my next post will be a picture of "Goat's Gulch Van Horn" written on a sign and stuck in the ground somewhere.
I'll end now, but with two good notes. With my T-Mobile LTE hotspot I had great coverage without even a signal booster. I may have issues at the SW corner of the property, but the NW, NE, SE corners, and at the trailer were all more than fine. I had my hotspot set to wireless B mode and was hitting caps based on that. 5Mbit/sec down and up, roughly. If I set it to G or N mode it should go even higher. Really seems like my iPhone 5S doesn't have nearly the antenna that tiny hotspot has.
I had a nice signal booster setup all ready but it might not be needed at all. I'm happy to do basic cell testing on any properties that you Goats want to buy in the area.
Last bit of good news. I timed a parked-to-parked run from my property to the hardware store in town. It took me 19 minutes! I thought it was much longer. 7 minutes to get to right near the interstate. Granted, I was going pretty quickly and you could easily take another couple minutes. Even so, 19-21 minutes to make into the middle of town is not bad at all.
Thanks for reading.