The First Casualties
As noted before, D and I have always expected that we'd jettison a few things that we didn't think we could bear to part with but which turned out to be less necessary than we thought. We left two things behind in Carlsbad:
The fuzzy thing on the left came with the playpen; it's supposed to velcro onto one of the shelves inside the cage. The cats never took a shine to it. The thing on the right is a catnip mat. We had two, and kept the one they liked more.
We may actually have left some bowls behind in Flagstaff. I don't remember too well. The high altitude made me a little lightheaded. The car is still pretty full, but we've figured out better ways to pack a few things in. For example, we used to get the big, 20-pound boxes of cat litter, but the smaller, 14-pound boxes fit nicely in the empty space under the cat perch, leaving room for our insulated cooler bag, which we can use to transport a few groceries between stops.
The drive from Carlsbad to Fort Worth wasn't too bad. We're listening to the audio book of American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and it really helps pass the time. Today, we had a hearty breakfast at the Dixie House Cafe, then saw Iron Man (good) at the nearby Movie Tavern (bad) and went grocery shopping at Albertsons (bad) and Super Target (good). Tomorrow, we'll visit the local Lone Star Comics (it's Free Comic Book Day!), then head off to Dinosaur Valley and Fossil Rim.