The drive to Pipe Creek was arduous. I have never used that word before but it just came out of me as I stand here in the trailer writing. Arduous…pulling this large trailer always makes me a bit nervous. I’m fine on the highway but when I get on the small country roads that bend, curve, climb and drop, I feel my hands tightening on the steering wheel. I have a horse back there and I want to take care of him. I think of the way he trusts me each time he steps up into the dark interior of the trailer, where he will be tied after I shut the door and at the mercy of what ever I do. I don’t want to let him down.
I used my new iPhone to find my way. How ingenious is this map in a flat, metal, sandwich shaped device?! I could even follow my progress as the little blue dot, that was me, wound its way through the crazy Texas Hill Country, to this location.
Once here, I got the campsite set up. That’s right…the camp site. Minnow, with his blanket on, is tied to the trailer. Alfalfa and water buckets are in front of him and I made a bed for Otis in the shower stall of the trailer. I have turned the generator on and fixed myself a gin and tonic. My fold out chair is in view of the stars and all is well. Ahhhh…what a day.
Wait a minute. It’s freezing out here! No really, it is getting close to 27 degrees farenheit. But I don’t want to go in on a night like this, so I grab Otis and we walk over to some of the other campsites to say howdy. There are a couple of other first timers camped close by and we laugh and compare notes on how we decided to come here and how crazy, wicked, brrrr, cold it is.
Back at the trailer, I give up and go inside to the warmth of my Carlos Nakai flute music and standing at the sink, taking a sip and listening to his music…it all comes together. This very moment, this one, right here…I am completely satisfied. I can stand here and not want for anything. God got me here safely, my husband has checked on me, I am in a warm, dry place with my horse munching happily outside and Otis is staring at me. Truly, all is right with the world. Tomorrow is gonna be awesome.