I have a few more legal days here at Fortuna Pond. We haven't seen a Forest Service ranger since we've been here, so I might get away with staying longer than the allotted fourteen days.
But then what? What's the big picture for the next several months? Less zigging, zagging and backtracking than last year. I hope. Okay, but where do I want to be?
The only definite commitment is to be in Los Angeles on February 28. I have tickets to a live performance of "The White Album." That means drifting from Yuma to LA over the next month. From there I could spend the spring working my way up the coast and the summer hopscotching down the Sierras. However, California is very short on free camping spots. And everything costs more.
An alternative would be getting another New Mexico State Parks annual pass, spending more time there and then heading up into Colorado.
Maybe a week or two in Mexico before going to Los Angeles.
Maybe more time in Arizona then on to Utah.
Maybe an Arizona-New Mexico-Colorado-Utah-Arizona loop.
I don't know.
Even without needing to be in LA, heat would eventually drive me out of the southern desert.
I have a month to figure it out.