Here are a few photos from our walk yesterday. First a bird nest in a tree across the road, made of lots of fishing line. These birds sure love the fishing line for their nests. I'd love to see what the inside is made of, but it must be something soft for their eggs and babies. The fishing line must be easy to work with, and of course it lasts a long time. I'll bet these nests last from year to year to year, even with all the winds in New Mexico in the spring.
I noticed this little colorful bug sitting on a post. He was so pretty - a type of beetle?
Here's The Palms in the distance with Elephant Butte in the background:
Per John Hedges in a comment on my last post: "Having gone to EB spring and fall for the last 4 years I caution you of the soft sand by the water. There a local guy with old army surplus trucks pulling people out of the sand at $500.00 per pop."
Sunday afternoon I saw a large army camo truck pulling a large motor home going up the street. I was thinking, Well, that's a new kind of truck to pull an RV. Then I remembered seeing them last year when I was here.
As nice as it would be to park down right ON the water, after getting stuck in the sand at Hot Springs LTVA, I'm a little gun-shy of parking on sandy places. And at a $500 fee? WOW, that's a lot. I'm wondering if our roadside service policies would cover a tow out of sand along a lakeside, though. That's not really "road side."
So, fair warning to anyone heading this way. Make sure you're on a solid surface if you want to be close to the water. Especially big rigs - the three I saw driving by behind the tow truck were all long Class A's. What an expensive weekend that was for those RVers. :(
This morning I looked out the window at the place all the RVs were camped out over the weekend, and this is what I saw:
The put a bunch of concrete barriers on the sand and placed a bar-b-que and picnic table in the middle to keep vehicles out of the area. Obviously this is where the RVs were stuck in the sand yesterday.
It looked like a full moon last night, but not quite yet. Here are my photos from yesterday evening:
The full moon will be tonight. And tonight, or I should say early tomorrow morning after midnight, there will be a blood moon, the first lunar eclipse of 2014. All lunar eclipses happen during full moons, and this one will start at 2:58 am CDT. The total eclipse will happen between 2:06 and 3:24. This is when the the moon is completely immersed in the earth's shadow. You can read more about it HERE. Will you be up and watching, or snuggled in under your covers? I hope to be up, but realistically - I'll be sound asleep.
From me and Katie - have a great Monday, everyone! :)