Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Day 129, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - Whitewater Draw Arizona Game & Fish Wildlife Refuge

Sandhill Crane
I took a couple of moon & cactus photos last night that have an Arizona feel that are on the LakeshoreImages page.

A windy night, with lots of trailer shaking. Lots of sound effects from the bush rubbing against the back window. After breakfast & a bit of forum reading, I headed out. Lots of traffic on I 10, but once I exited to AZ 80, the traffic went away. I only stopped in Tombstone for gas & a coffee refill; I've been to the tourist part of the town twice, and with the exception of the courthouse museum, twice too many.

I pulled into the Whitewater Draw BLM area around 11:30, and the space for RV's was close to full. I wormed my way into a space that I may not be able to get out of, but I'm here. I wandered over to the pond & took a few photos of the Sandhill Cranes and other birds, looked back and saw that one of the RVs left. Rushed back to move into a better space, but by the time I reached the truck a large Class A pulled into the space. So, I'm here, hoping the 5th wheel ahead of me leaves before I want to. I've been to a couple of Sandhill Crane wintering locations, and enjoy taking photos. The last time was at Bosque del Apache, and I have to say there are many more here. I made multiple loops around the ponds, and added some photos throughout the day.  The result is at today's LakeshoreImages page.

It has cooled off even more than it was in Tucson (I gained another couple thousand feet) so even in the sun a jacket is necessary. Lots of the people viewing the cranes are wearing winter coats & gloves.

After the short walk to the pond, I sat in the trailer and read. I finished Nathan Van Coops's The Chronothon (Not too bad, I downloaded the next in the series & will read it next) and started Artifacts of Death, by Rich Curtin, another new author (at least for me) that has a series about the Southwest.

Dinner was a Barber Cordon Bleu & the rest of the can of Bush beans. It is cool enough (55°F at 2:00PM) that using the oven is a pleasure!

Until Tomorrow -

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