Hi from the Walmart parking lot in El Paso, Texas. (We're stranded here). (For real).
This is how it went down: We left Tucson late this morning, with tearful goodbyes and a huge bag of snacks. Our plan was to drive to a campground in El Paso and stay the night on our way to San Antonio.
We had the BEST drive ever. There wasn't one complaint or tear or whine from anyone the ENTIRE 5+ hour drive (which is, actually, somewhat miraculous). The four of us prayed and brainstormed ideas about how we might give today.
As we approached the city, I suggested that perhaps we stay at Walmart for the night. Seasoned RV'ers often tell us it's a great [FREE] place to stay for a quick overnighter...and so we thought, "Why not?"
Here are a few of our "neighbors" tonight:
We pulled in and quickly became overwhelmed by the crowds. Pulling a 36-foot 5th wheel through throngs of people with tight turns? Not ideal. "I'm so sorry," I said to Tim, "This was a bad idea. Let's just go to the campground."
And then...our transmission blew up. Right there in Wal-mart's parking lot. There was a loud hum, then a faint smell of burning liquid. Then, we couldn't go forward.
So here we are. 10:32pm. 1st night of our trip. With a transmission that likely needs to be replaced (one of the most expensive things that could go wrong). To top it all off, it's the weekend (which means no one is open). It's almost comical (but it's SO not).
We walked to dinner at Cracker Barrel. As we waited for our meal to come, we thought about how we might give to someone today. It would be too easy to say, "We'll start this giving adventure tomorrow." We spied a young couple in the restaurant. He had long hair. They had a baby. We gave the remainder of our gift card to them and walked out.
Today we were reminded to give ANYWAY. There is always something to give. (Even when you're stranded in a tiny box house in Walmart). (I'm typing right now in dim lighting to conserve our battery).
P.S. Do you happen to know any good mechanics (or millionaires) in El Paso? Let us know.
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