Category Archives: Nature Notes

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo and the Desert Rain Cafe

March 9 – 17, 2019 We spent a week dry camping at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it. We hadn’t either until we pulled up the National Park properties in Arizona and there … Continue reading

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Phoenix, Organ Stop Pizza and Casa Grande Ruins

February 25 – March 8, 2019 We had several friends hanging out in Phoenix for part of the winter so we wandered over that way. We didn’t have reservations and February/March make up a good chunk of extreme snowbird season … Continue reading

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Big Bend West Side, Cottonwood Campground, Study Butte/Terlinqua and Beyond

February 18, 2019 Cottonwood Campground – No Generators Allowed. You don’t know how nice that is until you spend a week with this roaring noise for twelve hours each day. Luckily we were out hiking most of the time but … Continue reading

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Dinosaur National Park – BUT NOT!

February 16, 2019 Fossil Discovery Exhibit An excellent ranger-led tour really got us excited about this fascinating exhibit. It was an excellent program at an excellent interpretive center. We learned that Big Bend encompasses a longer geologic timescale than any … Continue reading

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Chisos Basin

February 14, 2019 We spent Valentine’s Day in an ancient volcanic caldera. How cool is that? While much of Big Bend appears to be relatively flat you can’t help but notice the Chisos Mountains, the southernmost mountain range in the … Continue reading

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Big Bend East Side / Rio Grande Village

February 9-17, 2019 Big Bend National Park is BIG! We quickly learned to leave at least an hour to drive to anywhere. We started on the East Side of the park and toured that area plus the central Chisos Mountains … Continue reading

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Whoopers!

January 28-31, 2019 Whoopers… aka Whooping Cranes. These are the largest birds in North America. They are on the Federal Endangered list. At one point only 15 birds were located at their southern migration point at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. … Continue reading

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