In addition to Bluewater Lake, there is also a Bluewater Creek on the Eastern side of the park. I'm sure there are trails down to the creek, but Katie and I admired it from above.
Well, everyone is gone, and we are again alone in this campground. My initial worries about having a big family surrounding us - and lots of other campers, too - was unfounded. They were a really nice group. Lots of kids and dogs and four generations. Grandma and Grandpa are 83 and 90 years old, their kids were there, as well as grandkids and greats, too. The dogs were mostly off leash, the kids were riding their bikes up and down the street, there was constant going back and forth from one campsite to another, and with all that, they were wonderful neighbors. No yelling, loud music, late nights, a very nice surprise. In fact, it seems very quiet today and I kind of miss all the people.
I don't need to be a busy-body - Katie takes care of that job for me. She usually doesn't sit up there unless we're traveling or she wants to be traveling. If you click on the photo, the close-up will show you all the people in front of one of the rigs. She sat there for a long time watching them.
We're still suffering from the high altitude, but it's getting better. The last two days we took long walks around the park, checking out the different campgrounds. It feels good to be able to walk more, but we're sure happy to get back to The Palms afterward.
Katie is a definite critter finder. Yesterday she saw this large beetle and stopped and refused to walk any more. I went back to see what she found (usually it's food) and she was watching this beetle. We followed it across the street and into the dirt.
I got a couple of good shots of the large birds in flight this morning. I think you guys are right, this one is a Turkey Vulture.
Note: Per Judy, both photos are Turkey Vultures. They really have different coloring on the top and bottom. Thanks, Judy!
There are one or two other black birds the same size who soar above us all the time, and swoop down when they see something good. This is one - he's not a Turkey vulture. I tried to find him in my bird books, but although he might be a Raven or some kind of Crow, they don't show the light tip on his beak, so I don't know what he is. Per Judy, it IS a Raven!
Having so many colorful flowers makes our walks more interesting, and also all the birds soaring in the wind, especially on really windy days.
And finally, these are photos taken when we had lots of clouds on Saturday. The clouds really keep it cooler when the temps are up in the 80's.