Many Tracks in the Sand
Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
159Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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We returned to camp after about an hour of wandering and not really getting very far due to the lack of traction. The rent "discs" here for use in "sledding" down the dunes. Sounds like a fun thing to do, if you're not too worried about killing yourself and if your young and heal quickly. With Lynnie's prior experience on the Boogie Board in Mexico, I expected that she would insist on giving it a try, but due to the cold weather, she didn't even bug me about it
Later, we drove down to the Main Area and did a walk in the Scenic Area near the entrance. The birds were everywhere! I got some shots of some very rare birds, to me anyway. The outstanding one is the Pyrruloxia, or Western Cardinal. Sometimes called the Desert Cardinal. A wild Roadrunner showed up at the viewing area, near the waterhole, but scampered behind a tree numerous times and finally "flew the coop", so to speak. This one was on the slender side and moved along very rapidly. Fun to see, anyway!
It got cold enough last night for our hot water line to freeze up, but we get by easily, what with the stovetop and the microwave to heat water for washing the dishes. The camp restrooms and showers were in order, so no problem there. Several of the camp hydrants had frozen last night, so there's no water available anyway. The ranger here said that this is highly unusual. Last year they had only two winter days, where it got down to 32˚ twice, but only for a matter of hours.
There are only three camp units occupied now, so it is extremely quiet. We'll head to Big Bend National Park tomorrow where I expect to see lots more folks in the campground and all around.
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