Here's the view out the window:
I noticed some Turkey Buzzards flying overhead - I always try to get good clear photos of them in flight. They have such ugly faces and heads, but are so beautiful in flight. At one point I counted 12 of them.
Three of them landed on the shoreline below us, and I was watching them.
Then I noticed a Great Blue Heron right next to them, walking along the shore. I always love seeing these graceful birds.
There were also flocks of American Coots floating along in the river:
There are different kinds of Gulls here, too, and this was one I saw flying past The Palms and then landing in the parking lot. Not a good picture, but it's the best one.
We spent one night there, and then decided to move down to the river. On Tuesday morning we drove over to Riverside Campground. In the afternoon there were some cyclists here, sitting at one of the campsite tables. Then I saw them ride past our site, and again and again. I thought they were just getting some bicycling exercise. When Katie and I went out for a walk, what did we see?
Lots of small tents covering a bunch of campsites right near us. At first I thought it was a girl/boy scout troop or Indian Guides/Princess group. Then I noticed all the bikes leaning against trees and adults sitting at tables having their dinner.
I stopped to talk to the group at one table and they said they are members of Adventure Cyclists.
They said they are riding from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, FL in 58 days - 3,069.5 miles!
These cyclists looked very fit; I guess you'd have to be pretty healthy and strong to be able to cycle over the mountains they face during this trip as well as just peddling all day long. Good luck to you all - have a good trip!
We headed over here from Percha Dam State Park because of the goathead stickers. On Tuesday I ordered a dog stroller so I can walk with Katie in areas like Percha Dam. I remember last year I had a problem with the sand trail along the Rio Grand being so hot it burned Katie's feet and I had to carry her back to The Palms. Along with the fluid filled sac on her ankle that comes and goes with walks, I'm looking forward to the stroller arriving, which should be by the end of next week. I want to be able to walk more than we're doing, and I don't enjoy walking alone, especially when there is no one else around, it just feels safer with Katie along.
I have a mystery duck photo I shot - I'll post it next time and hopefully the birders out there will identify it for me. I also hope to get more photos of the ducks here.
From me and Katie, have a great Thursday, everyone! :)