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It was quite windy as we left the house today - not great conditions for birdwatching but it is so gorgeous round here that just being outside is a pleasure.
First stop the grasslands at the bottom of the hill. Nothing much about as suspected in this weather just a couple of flycatchers braving the breeze. The lovely creekside nature trail was better and our favourite spot here was the black throated grey warbler. Nice.
Next was the Santa Rita Lodge where ...
... first place. All in all, a fabulous place. So glad we made the effort.
Back in the car, we made our way to Madera Canyon via the beautifully scenic hwy 62 via Box Canyon. We arrived at the lovely Chuparosa Inn around 5pm, just in time for some fading light birdwatching. Chicken salad and Pinot Grigio for tea before falling asleep in the silence of the forest.
What a great ...
... forms, I read the advisory. In essence it said that in case of a flash flood we would be trapped (but safe) in the campgrounds and may not be able to leave for several days. Then it went on to say that if being trapped for several days bothered you, then you might want to leave if the rain is significant. At this point, I asked the Ranger if the current rain, or forecasted rain would be “significant”. She looked at me oddly, then told ...
... I smiled a little when I saw some small birds attacking him later in the day. We decided that tomorrow Brian will get picked up by friends in the morning. Logan and I will unload some weight with him and try to make it to Sonoita. Hopefully Brian will be able to pick us up after his friends shuttle him to his car. It's going to be a rough day tomorrow. Most of it will be downhill but I feel like there's a good chance of a strong headwind. Not to forget the pretty gnarly ...
... back to our van to attach the newly acquired hose she warned us about the toads, tarantulas and snakes that inhabit the area......awesome. I quickly crawled back underneath, attached the hose, tested for leaks (none) and cleaned up my tools.
Yes, Kerry writes better blogs than I do. I have been told by others that I am very wordy when I write. Well honey badger don't give a you-know-what.
Van fixed. On to Mexico.