2015-10-31 Salton Sea Southeast

The southeastern shore of the Salton Sea is an area I enjoy exploring. Between the agricultural fields and the edge of the sea, there are many opportunities to encounter birds of a wide variety. I drove from Yuma though Holtville, Calipatria and Niland to reach the sea. My plan was to drive from the Wister … Read more

2015-10-30 Highway Hypnosis In Arizona

My friend Barbara cooked a nice breakfast this morning, and I got packed up and headed out early. I made a stop at the Buenos Aires NWR Visitor’s Center on the way out and had a nice long conversation with Chuck who was setting up his snake exhibit. We seemed to be kindred spirits. He … Read more

2015-10-29 Arivaca Arizona

Arivaca is a small community in south-central Arizona with an estimated population of 900~1000 citizens. There is a watershed of 45 square miles that drains out on Arivaca Creek. The subterranean geology brings the underground stream near the surface and an unexpected marsh (cienega) with giant cottonwood trees rising from the arid landscape. A dozen … Read more

2015-10-27 Marana Powered Paragliders

Leaving Madera Canyon, I drove into southern Tucson to beat the high cost of lodging in Green Valley. This road would take me near the shop where Sami got the transmission repaired in Marana Arizona. I thought it would be good opportunity to visit the mechanic that did the work. I wanted to fine tune … Read more

2015-10-27 Madera Canyon

Leaving Tubac Arizona I wanted to visit Madera Canyon. That required a night in Green Valley at an overpriced motel. Hindsight tells me I should have traveled north 26 miles and stayed in a low priced lodge, but I didn’t do that. I stayed at the Best Western for $110 (with tax). The room and … Read more

2015-10-26 Tubac Arizona

From Sierra Vista I set my sights on the Santa Cruz River Valley. The path most scenic took me through Patagonia, a town well known to birders. I’ve passed this way in the past, but not given it the time it deserves. This trip would not be different. At the southwestern end of town, at … Read more

2015-10-25 Sierra Vista

When I left Rustler Park I continued down the east side of the mountain to Portal. Hunting season being in place, there were numerous unsavory characters running on the same roads as I. Some of them were driving too fast, some too slow, and some would block the road while they ogled the surrounding woods, … Read more

2015-10-23 Rustler Park

Having taken care of the Samurai’s transmission, I was anxious to get started on the rest of my adventure. It was less than a two-hour drive to the base of the Chiricahua mountains and depending on my driving style, another one and a half to two hours to reach the campsite in Rustler Park. I’d been … Read more

2015-10-22 “Common” Tucson Birds

One positive that came out of having my transportation down was that I could spend quality time with the birds around my cousin’s abode. It’s likely that many locals here might have little interest in the resident bird population, but I see these as very interesting subjects. What is “common” to one person, might be exotic … Read more

2015-10-18 Mount Lemmon

Another journal entry: With the Samurai out of commission and waiting for its transmission, I found myself dependent on the kindness of loved ones for excursions. On this morning we all piled into the truck and headed up Mount Lemmon to have breakfast at a restaurant called “The Iron Door”. By reputation it is a … Read more