Saturday, October 31, 2015

Valley of Fires, Day 3 & Bosque del Apache, NM

Sandhill Cranes in Flight
Saturday, October 31, 2015, Valley of Fires BLM Campground, NM, Day 3, 0 Miles, 2,696.6 Miles for the Trip

Happy Halloween. No Trick or Treaters at the trailer yet. I did buy some candy, but I have to admit that I haven't seen any kids in the place. At least I picked out candy that I like (with the exception of Snickers).

Since it was a nice but cool (37°F at 7:00AM) morning, I went for a walk through the lava field in the valley below the trailer. Some interesting formations, but if you are into exploring lava, I suggest a stop at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. More variety, including lava tubes you can walk through, although the campground is dry camping. Anyhow there are a few photos as well as one from a short hike to the highest point in the park & a view of the section of the campground with hookups.

After that I drove 65 miles to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Good roads, although don't follow a GPS to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife area. It takes you on a "interesting" ride through narrow hard packed (thank goodness) sand roads to the middle of nowhere. I did get a fall photo & an interesting building on the way.

After exploring 8 miles of sand roads, I got back on US 380 & NM 1 to the visitor center of the refuge. My Senior Passport got me into the loop drive for free & I took a bunch of photos of waterfowl, including a small flock of Sandhill Cranes. I love seeing them in flight - probably posted too many flying images, but you can find them and more at today's LakeshoreImages page.

After that it was back to the campground, about an hour of reading, then cooking a frozen Orange Chicken dinner. I had to modify the instructions since I don't have a microwave to do the rice package (I steamed it) and I didn't thaw the sauce under running water (that would fill my holding tank) but it all worked. Not my usual brand, but pretty good. Of course I tossed the bag before eating, so I have no idea what brand it was.

Until Next Time -

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