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,…

Costa Rica

Marie and I vacationed in Costa Rica a couple weeks ago with two good friends, and I thought I’d share some of the experiences here. I know some of the local birders have stayed at the same Lodge we did, and others have either stayed in other locations or haven’t yet been to the country….

Arizona Trip – March 2019

I rarely post anything here that’s not about the local area (specifically Duval County), but I just got back from another wonderful trip to Arizona and wanted to share. This work trip was somewhere around my 35th visit to Arizona over the last twelve years and when I go, I really look forward to padding…