Many Tracks in the Sand

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

What with changing time zones to the Central Zone, we got a late start today.  We decided to start the day outside with a hike upon the dunes near our campsite.  It's easier said than done, walking off the road here.  The sand is the finest I have ever seen.  You can easily bury your feet when trying to climb anything with any grade to it.  One thing we noted was the number of animal and bird tracks everywhere, it seemed.  From tiny bird prints to mouse-type tracks and the larger fox tracks.  It was like a giant embroidery of markings.  I did two videos to show you all what the area looks like away from Shorty and camp.

We returned to camp after about an hour of wandering and not really getting very far due to the lack of traction.  The rent "discs" here for use in "sledding" down the dunes.  Sounds like a fun thing to do, if you're not too worried about killing yourself and if your young and heal quickly.  With Lynnie's prior experience on the Boogie Board in Mexico, I expected that she would insist on giving it a try, but due to the cold weather, she didn't even bug me about it.  A sad day in the desert, it was.

Later, we drove down to the Main Area and did a walk in the Scenic Area near the entrance.  The birds were everywhere!  I got some shots of some very rare birds, to me anyway.  The outstanding one is the Pyrruloxia, or Western Cardinal.  Sometimes called the Desert Cardinal.  A wild Roadrunner showed up at the viewing area, near the waterhole, but scampered behind a tree numerous times and finally "flew the coop", so to speak.  This one was on the slender side and moved along very rapidly.  Fun to see, anyway!

It got cold enough last night for our hot water line to freeze up, but we get by easily, what with the stovetop and the microwave to heat water for washing the dishes.  The camp restrooms and showers were in order, so no problem there.  Several of the camp hydrants had frozen last night, so there's no water available anyway.  The ranger here said that this is highly unusual.  Last year they had only two winter days, where it got down to 32˚ twice, but only for a matter of hours.

There are only three camp units occupied now, so it is extremely quiet.  We'll head to Big Bend National Park tomorrow where I expect to see lots more folks in the campground and all around.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Check out the pictures and if you have any comments or questions, you can email me directly and not have to register with Travelpod.

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