Wednesday, October 28, 2015
As the first flock of 400 Sandhills rested off the Flight Deck during their first afternoon here, we quickly spotted one bird that had become the “Rock Star of the Refuge” last winter. Can you spot “Lucy”?
Thursday, October 22, 2015
That about sums up my first month here at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico. When I arrived in late September, the sunflowers were still in bloom as daytime highs still hovered around 90 degrees. One month later, Autumn is now in full swing as we begin to welcome back our famous winter residents.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
With so much uncertainty to my travel schedule this year, I had just about written off any hope of attending my first Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. I’d always heard you had to book reservations months in advance, especially if wanting to stay at the park in an RV. I also had always thought it was ridiculously expensive.
But after seeing a few posts on the Xscapers Facebook Group that suggested otherwise, and reading the Balloon Fiesta’s FAQ document that mentioned short-term, non-reservation, “Drive-In” camping as being virtually unlimited at their massive Standard RV Parking lot ($30/night boondocking), I decided to pack up the Winnie and head up to Albuquerque to give it a shot.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
I decided to spend my last night and morning in Colorado at a place I’ve wanted to see for a long time but had never managed to get to—Great Sand Dunes National Park near Alamosa. As I descended down from Poncha Springs into the vast San Luis Valley, the storm clouds started building.