A lot has happened...

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Monday, February 6, 2012

We’ve been at the Salton Sea for a few days now and have been busy.  We’ve walked, bird seeking, sought geocaches, been to church and shopped at Costco.  Makes me a bit weary just thinking about it.  Being a Professional Retiree should be a more relaxing job, but not the way we do it.  

The Birdwalk was just okay.  We saw a few species we hadn’t seen before, but there were a few Pros among the dozen or so of us.  They got involved in identifying various species of seagulls and we moved on back to camp.  Not that I have anything agin seagulls.  We saw a few new ones on our travels last year and especially liked the laughing gulls and Bonaparte variety from along the Gulf of Mexico.  There, I’ve paid tribute where it’s due.

We’ve found a few interesting geocaches too.  One today was a waterproof match case camouflaged and glued to a piece of desert wood.  Whoever set it, put it into a hole made permanent by use of a piece of thinwall metal tubing.  The cache itself fit loosely into the hole.  We’d about given up, when I started looking for something that didn’t fit.  Then I noticed the metal in the ground and the rest is history...well, maybe geography anyway.

The church we attended, Sacred Heart, is in Palm Desert, just this side of Palm Springs.  It’s a huge edifice and has five masses each Sunday.  The theme of the homily was choices.  A good one for me.  I have to make a choice about how I view everything and decide if I want to be positive or negative.  As most of you know, in recent years I try to lean to the positive side.  It seems to work out better and give me a happier view on life.  End o philosophizing...

Today we drove south about fifty miles to the end of the Salton Sea.  Lynn had found the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge on here paper map.  I set the Hussy to work via the Droid and let her rip.  Interestingly enough, we were led into an area there that was closed to the public.  Two of the refugees, men working at the refuge, kindly told us that fact.  They let us go on down the road to a tower built for viewing the birds.  In the meantime, we saw thousands of snow geese feeding in the water nearby.  I took no pictures, due to my mother-given guilt... Thanks Ma!  The memory is still intact however.  We stopped at the tower, had lunch and then followed a trail, next to a pond, which led to a photo blind.  I did get a couple of shots there.  Lots of long-legged wading birds, some mergansers and several unidentified species.  As we left, we drove adjacent to a “herd” of snow geese.  They weren’t afraid and let us stop and shoot away.  We took the route on the south side of the lake to get back to camp.  It’s a bit longer, but divided highway and quicker actually, if quick is important, which it isn’t.  

We sought out a couple of caches, found one of three and came back to camp.  

This evening we had Taco Salad with Lynn’s homemade thousand island dressing.  Good stuff!  Lynn is playing solitaire and here I am.  

I’ve decided to put most of my photos up on Flickr, so If you’re interested, this link should take you to them:


Oh, I forgot to mention that just after dinner, Lynn looked out the window and spotted a coyote checking out the garbage can.  I had jus dumped a chicken carcass into it.  I caught a glimpse, but when I went out, the wiley devil had disappeared.  Fun to see though.  i've included a photo of where he was...

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It looks really warm and sunny there.....how nice! Did you pay any attention to the Super B.? Really was a close well matched game! Notice any golf courses down there? You'd think they would be everywhere.....and the real thing! Not like the sand one you mentioned! Hugs....

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