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Anglers Nest – Part Two

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10/22 – 11/22/2016 – Anglers Nest RV Park, Los Indios, TX

These pictures are all birds. Some were labeled in my last post but many I’m not sure … so if you know, please pass on the info for those and I can put the correct name on the correct bird. I’m being lazy on some of the familair ones. Remember how nice I said people here are? Well, I had not known exactly the date I’d leave. Many were trying to convince me to stay through Thanksgiving. The weather and winds had me make the decision today to leave tomorrow. I went around to let some folks know. While working on these two posts, two couples came to tell me dinner was with them tonight – that I shouldn’t have to do anything tonight! As I said, wonderful people. I’m going to miss them.

And away we go ….

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Tomorrow the trek to Arizona starts.

Anglers Nest

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OK, I’m happy here and could easily stay a season. The park is small (about 60 sites), the price is good, the people are wonderful and I can take walks with Peaches around the canals and see all kinds of birds. I’ve made friends and they accept that I sometimes don’t want to be sociable … it feels like family and there’s a good chance I’ll come back for the season next year. But that’s too far away to make a decision so it’s just a possibility now. Since the park is mainly Winter Texans who are now leaving their rigs here year-round and many less that are transient sites … it isn’t a place you can be guaranteed a spot next year … but the owner would love me back, so hopefully if I make the decision, there will be a place for me.

That said, the following pictures are of birds I’ve already resized and named, for the most part – as well as some sunset pics and Peaches pics, etc. I’m going to do a separate post with many more pics (some of the same birds, some of others, etc – but I took sooooo many pictures and hate to leave too many out.

Please feel free to correct me if I’ve misnamed a bird. I’m not a pro at this.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Eastern Phoebe?  very blurry!

Eastern Phoebe? very blurry!

European Starling

European Starling

Haha - I wouldn't say the fake owl there is any deterrent, would you?

Haha – I wouldn’t say the fake owl there is any deterrent, would you?

Golden-Fronted Woodpecker

Golden-Fronted Woodpecker

Great Egret

Great Egret

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

Green Heron

Green Heron

The heron below was almost totally hidden in the grasses along the canal. I was zooming in to see for sure, when he dove in the water and flew off to the field. I found him in the field where he was taking apart and eating the fish he caught.

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron ... not sure which one

Heron … not sure which one

I saw several beautiful sunrises and sunsets - this is a sunset.

I saw several beautiful sunrises and sunsets – this is a sunset.

Sunset

Sunset

We were having several very cloudy days and I was watching everyone posting the early supermoon, etc … then posting the rising supermoon – and I thought I would not see it. I kept checking and as the night progressed, the clouds broke. Nothing like the rising pictures I’ve been so admiring, but I was so happy to see that big, beautiful globe in the sky.

The supermoon

The supermoon

Maybe a yellow rumpled warbler?

Maybe a yellow rumpled warbler?

Yes, a pigeon - maybe a band-tailed pigeon?  I like the look.

Yes, a pigeon – maybe a band-tailed pigeon? I like the look.

Roseate spoonbills are one of my favorite birds since I first saw them in Port Aransas when I spent the year there. It’s funny because I’ve never been a big fan of flamingos which are big with women rver’s. I thought I would only see them at some of the major birding areas, but with the amount and variety of birds I had been seeing here, I always kept an eye out. My first sighting, I scared the couple of them off by the time I realized they were there. Love that they, the white pelicans and the egrets here all are mixed up and sharing space. One thing that was interesting – as I’d get closer, first the white pelicans would fly. Closer yet and the spoonbills flew off. The egrets aren’t nearly as afraid, but still would fly off if too close.

Mix of roseate spoonbills, wood storks, egrets.

Mix of roseate spoonbills, wood storks, egrets.

Mix of roseate spoonbills, wood storks, egrets.

Mix of roseate spoonbills, wood storks, egrets.

Peaches has no problem finding mud to cool off in when I'm looking at birds and she can get away with it.

Peaches has no problem finding mud to cool off in when I’m looking at birds and she can get away with it.

She’s really a sneak – knows to stay out of the mud puddle in the one area – until I’m trying to focus in on the White-Tailed Kite which I do from near it. This kite like the area that I can best try for pictures from next to that dang mud hole if there’s been any rain in a few days. One day (no picture) I heard Peaches splashing around in it. Yep, that’s my girl.

Luckily she doesn't mind, too much, when I run the hose on her.

Luckily she doesn’t mind, too much, when I run the hose on her.

I loved when this Ringed Kingfisher would be around.

I loved when this Ringed Kingfisher would be around.

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

The Mississippi Kite I only saw one day.

The Mississippi Kite I only saw one day.

Mississippi Kite

Mississippi Kite

Neotropic Cormorants - a different type of cormorant for me - and I love this picture.

Neotropic Cormorants – a different type of cormorant for me – and I love this picture.

Osprey

Osprey

Only shot I got of this Northern Bobwhite - a butt shot.

Only shot I got of this Northern Bobwhite – a butt shot.

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret and a Snake

Snowy Egret and a Snake

I could see this White-Tailed Kite from a distance most days - luckily my camera zooms - because I had to zoom!

I could see this White-Tailed Kite from a distance most days – luckily my camera zooms – because I had to zoom!

White-Tailed Kite

White-Tailed Kite

10/22 – 11/22/2016 – Anglers Nest RV Park, Los Indios, TX

There will be more of the same birds in the next post, as well as others – some of which I don’t know for sure what are … hopefully I won’t repeat any of the shots in this post. And, sadly, I saw birds I didn’t get pictures of (two just this morning!)

Texas Iwo Jima Memorial

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11/18/2016 Iwo Jima Memorial, Harlingen, TX

The previous day I took two couples to Progresso, Mexico. Neither had been before and we had a great time. And other than buying some antibiotic to replace the old I have, I actually spent no money. And they didn’t let me pay for my breakfast OR lunch. I fought that, but didn’t win. It was a good day. During the ride I mentioned that I intended to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial the next day. None of them knew about it. Later, one of the gentlemen knocked on my door and asked if he could come along. Of course!

A little history: The man, the sculptor, Dr. Felix W. de Weldon, was on duty with the US Navy when the Pulitzer Prize winning photographed was first released. Within 48 hours he constructed a scale model which became the symbol for the 7th and final war bond drive. After the war, he felt the event should be depicted on a massive scale in our nation’s capital. Over a 9 1/2 year period he labored to prepare a working model from molding plaster. Once completed in plaster it was disassembled and trucked to Brooklyn, NY for casting in bronze. This process took 3 years and the bronze parts were then trucked to DC for erection at Arlington National Cemetery. The bronze memorial was officially dedicated by President Eisenhower on November 10, 1954, the 179th anniversary of the US Marine Corps.

The working model was moved to Weldon’s summer home in Newport, RI for storage. In October 1981 Dr. de Weldon gave the plaster working model to the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, TX. Factors involved in this decision include the fairly constant temperature and humidity which are ideal for the preservation of the plaster figures, the street facing the memorial was named Iwo Jima Boulevard by the Academy’s founders in 1965, and the Academy is the only place outside of Washington, DC where proper honors can be rendered with battalion-size dress blue parades. Also, a chapel faces the east side of the memorial, the Marine placing the flag pole in the ground was a local, Corporal Harlon H Block of Weslaco, and the famous quote on the base of the memorial was spoken by Admiral Chester Nimitz of Fredericksburg, TX.

Pictures and then more info follow:

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I wish they would place signs on all the different pieces of equipment. I like that they did on the one Iraqi one. These were all outside the museum. Inside we watched a movie (about 30 or so minutes long) and walked through much more information. We also spoke with a veteran who gave us much more information.

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I hope you can read this - it was one of several times that morning I was in tears.

I hope you can read this – it was one of several times that morning I was in tears.

Following are some statistics regarding the Memorial:

The figures are 32 feet high shown erecting a 78 foot steel flagpole holding a cloth flag which flies 24 hours a day. The figures all occupy the same positions as in the historic photo. Hayes (the TX man) is the fire farthest from the flagstaff. The canteen would hold 32 quarts of water.

The entire cost of developing the memorial site was donated by U.S. Marines, former Marines, Marine Corps Reservists, friends of the Marine Corps, members of the Naval Service, Academy Trustees, Alumni, Cadets and friends of the Academy. No public funds were used on the project.

The base is another place I cried. It’s made of black Brazilian granite and burnished in gold on the granite are the names and dates of every principal Marine Corps engagement since the founding of the Corps, as well as the inscription “In honor and in memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives for their country since November 10, 1775.” Also inscribed on the base is the tribute of Fleet Admiral Chest W. Nimitz to the fighting men on Iwo Jima: “Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue”.

Finally, the men depicted on the Monument:

1. PFC Ira H. Hayes died in 1955 in his birthplace, the Sacatone Reservation, Arizona.
2. PFC Franklin R. Sousley of Flemingsburg, Kentucky was killed in action at Iwo Jima 3/21/1945.
3. SGT Michael Strank of Johnstown, Pennsylvania was killed in action at Iwo Jima 3/1/1945.
4. PM2/C John H. Bradley died 1/10/1994 in his hometown of Antigo, Wisconsin.
5. PFC Rene A. Gagnon, Concord, New Hampshire, died in 1979 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
6. CPL Harlon H. Block, born in Weslaco, Texas, was killed in action at Iwo Jima 3/1/1945.

I’ve seen the original in Washington, D.C. and now this one here. It’s mind numbing for me.

Laguna Atascosa NWR

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11/16/2016 – Laguna Atascosa NWR

Oh my – the normal road into this NWR is under construction. Nothing says how bad the detour road is. It’s terrible. But I got there and learned once there that the longer (16 mile) drive is closed to vehicles. You have to take their shuttle. Of course, I was there on a day the shuttle wasn’t running. So, I didn’t get off to a great start. Did I have a good time, yes. I will go back, but hopefully after the road in is complete. And I’ll make sure the shuttle is running and purchase an advance ticket if necessary.

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

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Laguna Atocosa NWR

Laguna Atocosa NWR

Mexican Squirrel

Mexican Squirrel

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Birds Only

Birds Only

The drive to the Osprey Overlook was open.

The drive to the Osprey Overlook was open.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Ducks everywhere

Ducks everywhere

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Great Egret

Great Egret

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

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Sharing Space

Sharing Space

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Again, everywhere!

Again, everywhere!

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Alligator Pond

Alligator Pond

Alligator

Alligator

No problem!

No problem!

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White Pelicans

White Pelicans

Alligator facing ...

Alligator facing …

Great Blue looking back

Great Blue looking back

Staring contest.

Staring contest.

Other ducks keeping an eye out.

Other ducks keeping an eye out.

Blue Winged Teal

Blue Winged Teal

The ducks don't seem to feel any danger.

The ducks don’t seem to feel any danger.

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Hmmm, look what's under this sign ...

Hmmm, look what’s under this sign …

Another alligator.

Another alligator.

White Ibis

White Ibis

Harris's Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Harris's Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Border Patrol Plain Flying Overhead

Border Patrol Plain Flying Overhead

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On the drive home through San Benito I took a picture of the Water Tower with Freddy Fender commemorated.

On the drive home through San Benito I took a picture of the Water Tower with Freddy Fender commemorated.

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My next post won’t have to do with birding! But birds are the reason many come to south Texas and I certainly understand why!

Estero Llano Grande

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11/4/16 – Estero Llano Grande State Park, Texas

This park is a major birding destination. I spent most of the day there. Warning – they have been inundated with tiny ants from other countries. They do not bite, but just stopping to stand still for pictures, they’ll start climbing up your legs. Dress appropriately!!! That said, I was in sandals and a sundress and it was easier for me to deal with them than some of the people in long pants, shoes and socks – unless they had the socks over the pants. It was very, very hot that day and I would have gone crazy dressed that way. Instead I learned to swat them away…. and luckily they weren’t everywhere!

I think I named the birds correctly. I’m not positive on all, especially the mottled duck.

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Thanks to my friend Nancy, I’m able to correct some birds – the next I would never have gotten … cool, new bird to me, as far as I know – or I’ve just never known what I was looking at :)

White-Faced Ibis

White-Faced Ibis

On another excursion I saw the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher I thought for the first time. This bird I had to zoom way in for and discovered when doing this post, that I had captured one here.

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

House Sparrow:
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Plain Chachalaca

Plain Chachalaca

Plain Chachalaca

Plain Chachalaca

Insects can be beautiful, too.

Insects can be beautiful, too.

Plain Chachalacas

Plain Chachalacas

Golden-fronted woodpecker

Golden-fronted woodpecker

One of a few totem poles

One of a few totem poles

I called this a Great Kiskadee, but new it wasn’t quite right – so now it’s got it’s proper name here.

Kingbird - Maybe Couch's Kingbird

Kingbird – Maybe Couch’s Kingbird

It was also at another location that a sign showed me the Mexican squirrels we find in this area. I’m pretty sure this is one of them. But looking at the two, they are different. ONE of them is the Mexican Squirrel lol … I’m guessing the one in the next post but not really sure.

Mexican Squirrel, I believe

Mexican Squirrel, I believe

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-Necked Stilt on Right

Black-Necked Stilt on Right

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

White Pelican

White Pelican

I did my day backwards. In the morning I spent my time under the cover of trees, for the most part. Because I wanted to see the roseate spoonbills, I should have done things the opposite – as I spent the hottest time of the day in the direct sunlight – and burned my face, nothing new there. And it was worth it when I saw this one!

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Whistling Ducks

Whistling Ducks

Variety of Ducks

Variety of Ducks

Variety of Ducks

Variety of Ducks

It was a wonderful day and I look forward to going back one or more times next time I’m in this part of Texas.

Lake Corpus Christi, TX

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October, 2016 – a visit to Lake Corpus Christi SP in TX

I had been here to visit others camping here, but never stayed before. When I realized I was arriving on a Friday, I elected to make it only a one day stay, as this place gets jam-packed on weekends. And by the time I went to bed Friday it appeared most of the open sites had been taken and the place was happening on Saturday! I was glad to head out! But also very glad to have stopped.

My site at Lake Corpus Christi SP.  I believe all the sites here are pull throughs.

My site at Lake Corpus Christi SP. I believe all the sites here are pull throughs.

A turkey vulture grooming.

A turkey vulture grooming.

I have long given up on getting butterfly pics, but this one wasn't too bad.

I have long given up on getting butterfly pics, but this one wasn’t too bad.

On a trail.

On a trail.

The Old Park Pavillion - used mainly as offices now from what I could see. Twas built by the CCC in 1933-34.

The Old Park Pavillion – used mainly as offices now from what I could see. Twas built by the CCC in 1933-34.

Peaches enjoying cooling off in the water.

Peaches enjoying cooling off in the water.

Across the lake

Across the lake

Should we give them the benefit of the doubt that they came up on the other side of the sign and didn't see this?

Should we give them the benefit of the doubt that they came up on the other side of the sign and didn’t see this?

Tree overflowing with grackles.

Tree overflowing with grackles.

American Kestrel - one of my favorite raptors

American Kestrel – one of my favorite raptors

Think he knows to keep the lake safe?

Think he knows to keep the lake safe?

Great Egret

Great Egret

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

The pier used by many to fish ... and boat ...

The pier used by many to fish … and boat …

Like most Texas State Parks, it’s nice and well taken care of. Unfortunately, unless I’m staying in TX for enough time to take advantage of purchasing their pass so that I can avoid the daily parks fee also, I don’t stay in them often.

Next posts will be from my month stay in south Texas.

SD – AZ 2014

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November 18th – ? … SD – AZ

Leaving the farm, the roads got progressively better…

I had researched and found several cities along my route with free cg’s with electric. I put them all on my radar – deciding depending on how far to drive. Thank you to all the cities that do this. The weather prohibited my wanting to boondock – until I got further out of the cold.

Stapleton City Park, Stapleton, NE

Stapleton City Park, Stapleton, NE

Stapleton City Park sunset

Stapleton City Park sunset

I stopped at one park to check it out – but was so early in the day, I drove on – would be an excellent place to stop:

Karrer City Park, McCook

Karrer City Park, McCook

I got stuck one night – missed a turn for where I intended to go, night was falling – so followed signs to an rv park. Wasn’t my favorite place, wouldn’t go back, but no one in any office, no way to pay, etc. I pulled into a site figuring I’d pay in the morning. No one there in the morning. Asked a resident and got told, oh, don’t worry about it. I unhooked and left. Strange way to run a business.

I love these kind of signs

I love these kind of signs

Next stop …

Muleshoe, TX free city rv park

Muleshoe, TX free city rv park

I spent two nights in Muleshoe – as I decided to head out to the sandhill crane refuge, but missed them taking off and didn’t stay for their return … just saw a couple along with lots of ducks.

Muleshoe Sandshill Crane Refuge

Muleshoe Sandshill Crane Refuge

A wildlife/bird refuge in TX.

A wildlife/bird refuge in TX.

Valley of Fires campsite

Valley of Fires campsite

Valley of Fires, NM

Valley of Fires, NM

I spent a couple nights at Valley of Fire as very high winds came in on our way there – which got much worse after arriving. Neat place, with a few good hiking trails that Peaches and I took when the wind allowed.

Alamagordo Pistachio stop

Alamagordo Pistachio stop

I intended to stay at an Escapees park in Deming, but I refused to pay when I saw the park. It’s important to remember not all parks are equal. I got a much better spot at the Deming rest area – and highly recommend it as a boondocking spot for a night – there are areas to pull off with shelters, etc. One of the nicest rest areas I’ve ever been to – and you’re allowed 24 hours.

Next stop – the casino lot in Tucson – where I stayed about 10 nights before heading down to the Escapees Park in Benson (which I love).

Davis Mountains State Park

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3/27-30/12, Davis Mountains State Park, TX

My site at Davis Mountains SP

My site at Davis Mountains SP

My original intentions here was to get a water only site like I had done at Seminole Canyon SP. But, there is no cell service in the park, and I asked if their wifi reached any sites. Since wifi is available at the Interpretive Center they had a couple sites they thought it might get to – and I took one. A w/e site. They also have full hookup sites at this park – mainly long pull-throughs and those book up often in advance. The big rigs need them. I love my site – at the end of a road with so much space. Beautiful. I also checked out the rest of the campground and found the site I would have taken if I hadn’t wanted wifi. Plus I still had a 1/2 off night with the Texas SP’s – so using that made things very reasonable. And I’ll be boondocking at least the next few nights after leaving.

One of the full hook-up pull throughs

One of the full hook-up pull throughs

An occupied fhu pull-through site

An occupied fhu pull-through site

Pyrrhuloxia

Pyrrhuloxia

Don’t expect me to type that name again… hahaha

Black Chinned Hummingbird, I believe

Black Chinned Hummingbird, I believe

Pyrrhuloxia

Pyrrhuloxia

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Peaches and I went up to one of the scenic viewpoints. The next 3 pictures are all looking one-way – they would fit together to show that direction.

We headed back home because to the west …

That sky and the rain looked pretty threatening.

That sky and the rain looked pretty threatening.

What came over us wasn’t as bad and didn’t last long, whew.

This park has two wonderful bird-viewing areas. One of them is under a shelter with benches where you can sit and the birds come to the feeders and trees right in front of you without paying you any attention. The other also has bird-feeders, and a beautiful area for the birds, but you come to a man-made wall with holes to watch them through.

Bird-viewing area

Bird-viewing area

The area the birds have on their side of that wall.

The area the birds have on their side of that wall.

Red-naped Sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker

Sorry for the blurry picture, but it was dusk and I didn’t dare use a flash.

Another pic of my site.

Another pic of my site.

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Love the clown-like face on that woodpecker.

And how many birds can a bird feeder hold?

And how many birds can a bird feeder hold?

At the far walking/driving end beyond the campsites is the Indian Lodge. This is a lodge originally built by the CCC in the 1930′s. It’s white adobe, has been (it appears) recently painted, and has a restaurant. Looks really nice.

Indian Lodge

Indian Lodge

Wilson's Warblers

Wilson's Warblers

The Wilson’s Warblers migrate through here – are just visiting.

Aren't we pretty?  Oh so pretty?

Aren't we pretty? Oh so pretty?

You called?

You called?

Black Crested Titmouse

Black Crested Titmouse

I'm a comin' to join you.

I'm a comin' to join you.

One of my favorite bird pics.

One of my favorite bird pics.

Proof you don't have to be birds of a feather to flock together.

Proof you don't have to be birds of a feather to flock together.

This is a wonderful state park. Birding is great for birders. Javelinas walk around the campground. (They got their own post). Deer also. Great trails. But, I’m going to say – some of these trails are not easy. Not medium. If not for my walking stick which I usually forget to take, I would have been in deep trouble today. With it, was ok. And the trail was way worth it. (I did various trails here – today I did the longest, by combining 2 – the CCC trail out and the scenic Skyline Drive trail back).

Looking down on my site.

Looking down on my site.

We go up.

We go up.

See some scenic views - springtime greens.

See some scenic views - springtime greens.

That's our CCC trail going up, up up.

That's our CCC trail going up, up up.

This bird followed us for quite a distance.

This bird followed us for quite a distance.

Well, he would jump/fly ahead, wait, jump/fly ahead, wait. Was cute.

And up some more.

And up some more.

Feeling like I'm on top of the world.

Feeling like I'm on top of the world.

And down.

And down.

The Indian Lodge in the distance.

The Indian Lodge in the distance.

Zooming in.

Zooming in.

The cg in the distance

The cg in the distance

Peaches and I got into a couple arguments during this hike. After we were on the Skyline Drive trail I mentioned to her we were “heading home”. Well more than once she thought that meant she could get off the trail and head down the side of the mountain. I had to explain that I couldn’t do that. Every now and then she’d try again. And each time we were on the side with the campground. I’m sure she couldn’t figure out why if we were “going home” we couldn’t just go – instead of the switchback after switchback I took her on. Was quite funny actually. She could have scrambled down that mountain fairly easily, I’m sure.

Bridge over the dried creek.

Bridge over the dried creek.

Who knows what this once was.

Who knows what this once was.

Just walking through the campsites, Excuse me, please.

Just walking through the campsites, Excuse me, please.

Before leaving tomorrow I’ll try once more to find the Montezuma Quail that live here year round. Haven’t been lucky enough to see one yet.

Peaches just started growling and ran to a window. Wonder if some javelina are back in our site. Pitch black out there, so I sure can’t tell.

This is a truly wonderful place to spend some time. I’ll be back. But next stop should have me in NM.

Davis Mountains State Park – Javelinas

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3/27-30/12, Davis Mountains State Park, TX

Two posts on this state park. This one is going to focus on the javelinas.

They are the cutest ugly animal ever (IMO).

Javelinas

Javelina

Javelinas

Javelina

Javelina

Javelina

But there is also a story. There are all kinds of birds here. And I decided that I’d put one of my bird feeders out. Had to clean it first, so didn’t do so until the morning of the 28th. And some birds found it pretty quickly. The evening of the 28th, Peaches started growling. I told her to shush. She did. The morning of the 29th, I go out to discover the hook lying on the ground and the bird feeder several feet away, empty. The ground is really hard and I couldn’t get the shepards hook all the way into the ground. But I improvised and took some large, heavy boulders and surrounded the bottom of the hook. I thought it was pretty secure.

Strangely, not only was the hook down, but the boulders were moved. I went over and looked, and there were strange animal tracks (strange to me) and I made the decision that when Peaches had growled, the javelinas must have visited and done this.

Of course, I posted this belief on one of my rv forums and I’m sure many are scratching and shaking their heads wondering where I come up with my wild theories and stories.

This evening, shortly before dark, I was about to go outside … opened my door, and within two feet of me was a single javelina … grabbed by camera …

Javelinas in my site - gathering where the bird feeder was

Javelinas in my site - gathering where the bird feeder was

They gathered in two places – where it had been – and where the bird feeder had been dragged to.

Baby Javelina

Baby Javelina

Making sure they didn't miss any of the bird feed yesterday.

Making sure they didn't miss any of the bird feed yesterday.

It was pure chance that I went to the door just when they were starting to my site. They gathered; they ate; they moved on. Fascinating creatures.

Marfa and the Lights

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3/26/12 Marfa Viewing Area

I headed to the Marfa Viewing area to see the lights and spend the night.

My rig with the Viewing Area Building and looking into the vast nothingness where the lights are.

My rig with the Viewing Area Building and looking into the vast nothingness where the lights are.

The vastness - land and sky for miles and miles.

The vastness - land and sky for miles and miles.

I can’t explain the lights of Marfa. But I saw them last night. Amazing. Eerie. And, yes, they do occur. If you don’t know about it – look it up on the internet. There’s no way to take pictures. It’s simply something you have to experience.

There are several informative plaques there – and I took pics – so you can read them – basically about the history of Marfa, and one about the lights.

Marfa Army Air Field Info

Marfa Army Air Field Info

Marfa History

Marfa History

More Marfa Info

Marfa Mystery Lights Info

Marfa Mystery Lights Info

The fun thing – when dusk came I was one of three vehicles here. Within 10 minutes at least another dozen showed up and more kept coming. People brought entire families and chairs to go sit under the starlight to watch. I was situated so that I could lay in my bed and watch out my bedroom window. I actually, after a couple hours, fell asleep while the lights were still happening. Woke up later and didn’t see any more lights and everyone had left. Next thing I knew, morning had come and it was time to move on down.

Next up – Davis Mountains State Park and the environs.