We got settled, lunched and drove out to the Living Desert State Park and Zoo. It was explained to us that all of the animals there are rescue animals and are kept in natural settings, but viewable by the visitors. The best time to see them, of course is in the early morning, but we were fortunate in that we got there around feeding time and got to see several different species. Many species we have in Montana i.e. elk, mule deer, buffalo and antelope. It was nice to see deer close up and NOT in our yard. The deer here looked at us with a bit of an evil eye, perhaps due to the rumor, which may have preceded us, of our feelings about deer in general. I won't go on, since many of you are well aware of how we feel about them.
The elk were healthy looking as well as the antelope. It's good to see them up close occasionally, since in the wild, they we often get only a fleeting glance. The rare one, to me, was the gray fox. I was able to get a couple of good shots of her/him. They are a beautiful animal, with just a bit of rust-color on the chest.. Finally, we saw a javelina... named Lena. No jokes here... The lone Lena wasn't accepted by the clan of javelina, so she has a space of her own in the aviary, of all places. She's behind a mesh fence, so eluded good photography. The others are in a more open area and easily seen. We finally saw a roadrunner up close, about six feet away, to be exact. One was very patient and photogenic. The other could have used a bit of pharmacological assistance as it was running like mad, to the point in one instance of jumping on the exit door and hanging from the handle! Interesting, to say the least. There were several raptors, eagles, hawks and a few owls. Not raptors, I don't believe, but up close, they are a joy to see. The burrowing owls are great. Not too big, but curious and watched us like a hawk... did I say that?? Made sense at the time; forgive me. The trail runs through natural habitat and shows the variety of flora in the area also, with name plaques showing what each variety is called. I'm very impressed with the yucca family and there were several there. We have a yucca plant in our garden, but these here are in the best of health and especially nice, NOT covered in snow
On our return, we visited one of our haunts, the laundromat. The one here at the Park is adequate, but busy, due to the late hour of the day. It's nearly eight o'clock and no dinner yet. Roughin' it in the old West. I can work, if you work it.
We're heading to the Caverns tomorrow, which should prove to be a new learning day for us. Stay tuned. You just never know what we'll encounter and how I'll write about it. I keep my notes in my head, which really explains a lot!
We got out of Roswell early, for us, at about 9:30AM. The drive to Carlsbad took only about an hour and a half, with light winds and warmer temperatures than we have been experiencing. The Carlsbad Caverns are still about twenty miles to the south of us.