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2020-05-28 Cattle Call Brawley

After leaving Arivaca Wednesday morning I drove a rural route through Ajo and Gila Bend to Yuma where I spent the night. Thursday morning after having breakfast I launched the last leg of my return from my 2020 Texas Expedition. I crossed the Colorado River and was back on California soil, and already missing the … Read more

Memories of Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Travel fifty-four miles east from the I-10 freeway on US-60 in Phoenix, and just 3 miles short of Superior Arizona is a jewel of a location for nature lovers called the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Named for an early 20th Century strip-mining magnet, I find it ironic that a man guilty of causing some of the … Read more

Memories of Bitter Lake NWR, New Mexico

After four days on the road from Brownsville, I followed the Pecos River upstream from Texas and crossed into New Mexico on Sunday, May 10th of 2020, and found a Walmart parking lot in Roswell where I boondock camped for the night. My Texas travelling was rewarding on so many levels, but now all that … Read more

Memories of South Padre Island

I visited South Padre Island twice during my stay in Brownsville. My first stop was on 2020-04-30 and my second on 2020-05-02. My day-one visit was a lengthy one. I arrived early at the Convention Center and the birds were abundant. Many were those I seldom or have never seen before. It was Great! By … Read more

Memories of Breeze Lake Texas

After being on the road since February 21st, on Monday March 23rd I suspended my boondocking lifestyle and settled into the Breeze Lake RV Campground in Brownsville Texas. I expected to stay one week to get my refrigerator repaired, but one thing led to another and it was seven weeks later before I resumed my … Read more

Memories of Resaca de la Palma State Park

A week before the end of April 2020 I made plans to exit Texas at the end of the month. Then I learned of several locations I’d hoped to explore, but were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, were opening. It made sense I should check these places out before I left the region, so … Read more

Memories of Atascosa NWR, Texas

My first visit to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge was on April 20th, 2020 after I left Corpus Christi and headed for the southern tip of Texas. The full impact of the Covid-19 pandemic had not affected my travel plans up to that time, but during my drive south, stay-at-home measures were implemented and services … Read more

Memories of Palmito Hill Texas

Near the lowest end of the Rio Grande, less than ten miles from where the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico, is the wide plain called Palmito Hill. Covered in grassy brush and cactus and edged in Honey Mesquite thickets, this area hosts Eastern Meadowlarks, Scissor-Tailed Flycatchers, Couch’s Kingbirds, Gray Catbirds, Blue Grosbeaks, Lark … Read more

Memories of Idyllwild

Whether your interests are hiking, exploring, shopping for art, camping, mountaineering, relaxing, summer jazz, or just escaping from the hustle of the southern California cities below, the mile-high region around Idyllwild has many attractions. My explorations of this area usually go beyond the town limits. I think of the town as a starting point for … Read more

Memories of Merced NWR

Midway between Interstate 5 and US-99, 15 miles from Los Banos and 11 miles from Merced California, is the approximate geographic center of California’s Central Valley. It is also the site of the 10,000+ acre Merced National Wildlife Refuge.  Prior to the “civilization” of the west, the entire Central Valley of California was a destination … Read more