Switching sites!

I decided to add a new site and domain name to leave “birdingjacksonville” virtually uncorrupted by my new adventures in Arizona and the west. Please visit my new site, subscribe to updates there if you’re interested, and keep in touch. http://roundhousebirding.com/

Arizona update: 6 September 2020

Gambel’s Quail 6 Sep 2020. Things are progressing at the new place, but it seems like it’s going slowly.  The house was not well cared for by the previous owner and it is needing a LOT of TLC. Marie and I have been working on it 12 hours a day and still have a long…

Settling in, in Arizona

Tomorrow will be one week since we arrived in Carefree and we’ve spent most of the time working on getting things situated with the house (as of now, we still don’t have our POD and thus, most of our stuff). I had my Nikon on the RV with two lenses (but not my monster one)…

Day 5. Las Cruces, NM to Carefree, AZ. 415 miles

We woke up on Wednesday, August 25th, in Las Cruces at the KOA (elevation 4,000 feet). The picture above doesn’t do the sunrise justice. I slept pretty well considering how bad my back was doing, but when I climbed down from the “Falcons nest” over the cab, I had a moment where I thought I…

Day 4. Fort Stockton, TX to Las Cruces, NM. 286 miles. 6 hours.

We woke in Fort Stockton to a cool desert morning, where I took a sunrise walk around the grounds. Good birds to see were Lesser Nighthawk and some more Scaled Quail. I don’t know what the flower is above, but it was quite beautiful and attracted lots of bees. Overall, this was a great little…

Day 3. Katy, TX to Fort Stockton, TX. 506 miles, 9 hours.

Today (August 24), we woke up in Katy and did a lap or two around the nice pond before getting breakfast (cereal for Marie, Pop Tarts for me). We hit the road around 8 and faced our longest mileage day – right at 500 miles. The roads were MUCH better today, although they got bad…

Day 2. Gautier, MS to Katy, TX. 450 miles, 9 hours.

We woke up bright and early in Mississippi after a terrible night’s sleep. The bed was way too cramped for two adults and two stressed cats. Over breakfast, we decided to stop at a Walmart today to get a sheet and thin mattress pad for the space above the cab so we could each spread…

Day 1. Jacksonville, FL to Gautier, MS. 466 miles,  8 hours.

Day 1. August 22, 2020. We woke up at 6AM and had to deflate the air mattress we’ve been sleeping on since the POD left,  clean the last couple rooms in the house, and load the cats into the RV. It was an incredibly stressful couple of hours, and the cats were totally stressed out…

Day 0. Aug 21, 2020. Getting the RV. Gainesville to Jacksonville.

Today is “Day zero” for the westward migration. Cruise America wouldn’t let me rent a 25 foot RV from Jacksonville, but offered a 30 foot one from Gainesville. So, I had reserved that. Yesterday, they said the generator was broken and offered me a 25 footer instead… but still had to go to Gainesville. So,…

My last visit to Huguenot

Yesterday, I visited Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville for likely the last time ever. The date – August 21st – would’ve been my father’s 80th birthday, but unfortunately we lost him in April 2004. I went to Huguenot that morning to see the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean for the last time in who-knows-how-long, as…

Blue Cypress Park & Golf Course

Address: 4112 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32277 Parking: Parking is free. There are several paved parking lots, a few right by the main entrance, and another on the river side of the park at the foot of the fishing pier. Both the main entrance area and the fishing pier have designated handicap parking. Trails:…

Evergreen Cemetery

Address: 4535 Main St Jacksonville, FL 32206 Parking: The cemetery gates are open from 8am – 6pm. There is parking throughout the property along the small roads, but I have found it best to park in the back half of the property in the northeast quadrant, at the elbow of “Cummer Drive”. This part of…