I set up in the Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks national monument for the next couple of days. We are on call due to weather threats in the far reaches of our district, so I have to be near-ish work. It’s about an hour’s drive NW of ELP.
There are no facilities in BLM areas like this, just pull-offs where you can camp. I prefer it this way for a few reasons:
lack of amenities keeps high-maintenance folks away
cannot be closed by government shutdown. Yes, on my way in I saw signs on a fee-to-enter area:
also literal bees
When I set up camp (ie, “put out a stool to use as a van step, pick up pre-existing litter”) I noticed a couple of bees doing a high speed fly-by. I guess they have to cover a lot of ground out here because resources are so scarce.
I returned to the van and set up the internet configuration. 2-3 bees kept popping into the van and leaving again. Most stayed for only a few seconds but one misguided bee entertained himself by reapeatedly landing on the top of my head.
NOTE: I hate bugs or anything else landing on me. The sensation of barely-there touches on my skin makes me crazy in A Bad Way. The fact that they are bugs does not bother me, though.
I am pro-bee and didn’t want to kill one if not needed. Still, it was increasingly bothering me. I noted the location of the fly swatter but didn’t pick it up. After a few more carrier landings the bee flew down the back of my shirt. I smacked him through the shirt and the errant bee problem was resolved. Took off my shirt and shook the wadded bee out. Sorry little dude, I tried to wait you out.