Saturday, January 30, 2016

As the Sun Sets

. . . on our month in Borrego Springs.

 Wind and dust storm in the valley 01/16/16

We took a drive for an overview of the south end of the park. We found a couple of places we would like to stay, but Verizon service was non-existent. We need to find out how good the wi-fi is at Stagecoach Trails RV Park in Shelter Valley. It looked like it would be a good place to explore from.

Rugged country. Imagine building this old road. 

 Looking down into Canyon Sin Nombre in the Carrizo Badlands.

Back at home: Doves.

There is an ocotillo in front of our coach where they prefer to rest before descending on our feeder.

The ocotillos are now green and beginning to bloom. 

Desert Gardens and Coyote Canyon

 Beaver Tail Cactus

Barrel Cactus

The attack of the cholla! They got both of us, even though we were trying to watch our steps.

The jumping cholla jumps, and having jumped moves on.

"Walk by me; I dare you."

Bloom on Ocotillo

Deep flowing ruts in the crossing.


Never the same twice.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Free Range Dinosaurs, and a Couple of Eagles

More of the metal art of Ricardo Breceda.  The dinosaurs to the southeast of town are some of the original sculptures.

 (And so many kinds of cholla around them.)

Look closely and you will see a family group. 

A snake in the nest!

Bacon. It's what's for dinner.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Happy Trails with Dora - but not enough!

Mom has been NOT GOOD about walking with me for quite a while.  First we were in Yellowstone. Yes, Mom walked a lot. But DOGS are not allowed on the trails.  All we could do is walk around the campground loop. And then sometimes we couldn't even do that. There was a freaking big Bison who lived on our loop. One time there was even a bear!

We just had to make do with where we could go (sigh).

Then we went to a park by a river. It was named "Buffalo Bill" but there were no bison there, just antelope things. There was a nature trail that me and mom walked on.

At least it was called a nature trail.  But the trail wasn't in very good shape and there are no little signs to tell you what all of the plants are.

The trail is nice and shady and goes along a little creek. If you keep going farther you will be walking along the Shoshone River.

We didn't see any other people using the trail. Then Mom and Dad were talking to a host and might have found out why.  It seems there had been a momma bear living around there with two cubs. They hadn't seen her in a little while though as she got scared off by a revival that was held across the river from the park. I am glad that me and Mom did not find her.

After our trip through Wyoming we went back to Oregon where we used to live.  Some places were good to walk and some weren't.  One of the good places was at Valley of the Rogue State Park.

There are plenty of trails to walk on.

The only bad thing that Huxley didn't like was that there were both puncture vine which some people call goathead and star thistle if you get off the trail.

But there is a river to swim in. And you guys know how much I love swimming.

And tasty green grass and stuff too.

Then we went to the desert to Two Springs and I had my Fourth Birthday!

This is me cuddling my favorite stuffed dog, Seaman.

Now it's a new year and hopefully mom will make more walking time with ME!