Hike an Rest and Hike some more
Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
94Trip End May 04, 2013
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We hiked to and along the rim for about a mile and got a few shots of the flora and a rock squirrel to contribute to the flora of the day. I did spot a gangly, long-eared hare, but he was way too quick for me to shoot. It was windy on the rim, but comfortable.
After lunch, we took the afternoon tour of the canyon itself. Our guide, Tanya, has been in the field of wildlife and such for about fifteen years "and some change." She was a wealth of information.
The prickly pear cactus is in bloom now, opening fully in the afternoon sun. After the bloom falls, the fruit grows. It has the flavor of a pear and is sweet. Hence the name... Thence comes Prickly Pear Jelly.
We've noticed a lot of migrating birds that normally don't reside here in this hot space on the earth. Orioles are among them. I got a shot of a yellow-headed Flicker too. Very similar in size and markings of the one we have home. Some species have been feeding on the bird seed that fell from our feeder when it waved in the breeze during the night. Of course, the larger birds run off the smaller ones, as in any pecking order.
It got into the mid-seventies by this afternoon and the air is such that you don't breathe the same breath twice. Wind has a way of circulating air very effectively, most anywhere.
We're moving on tomorrow to a State Campground where we stopped on the way southeast, Balmorhea State Park. Here they have a large pool fed by hot springs, keeping the temperature at about seventy five all year around. It should be warm out enough to take a dip this go around. That would be a "wade" for me, of course.
See y'all later...and thanks!