Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter! And more campground photos.

Happy Easter, everyone!  I hope you all had a great day with the people you love.  And a delicious Easter dinner, too.

I woke up the other morning to the most beautiful setting moon.  

My connection to the Internet hasn't been good, so I haven't posted as much as I'd like.  I have a million photos of this place!  I have unlimited data through Verizon, but I REALLY used it last month, and I don't know if they've cut me back or if moving to this new site is not as good for the Verizon signal.  Anyway, I'll try to get this published. :)

I met another blogger the other day when Katie and I were walking - Glenda.  She and her husband have a Casita, and are traveling with two cats and a beautiful dog.  They were parked in the Capercornus site that I liked so much.


We had a nice conversation, and Glenda pointed me in the direction of the grinding holes that I was looking for, and also told me about a little petroglyph - she said it's called the Spanish Cross.

Isn't their dog, Kira, beautiful?

It was nice meeting you, Glenda!  Safe travels.

Katie and I continued on and I took a photo of the Spanish Cross high up on one of the large rocks:

Then we found this sign, and started walking up the hill to look for the Grinding Stones.

I didn't see any more signs, so we just walked on and turned to the right and this is what we found:

They looked like grinding stones, but I'm not sure if they are the official ones.  :)

We walked all over above the campground, and ended up at the other end across from the electrical sites.  It was a long walk - for us - and very interesting, checking out all the different rock formations high above the campground.  It was also a very easy walk - I was surprised when I saw how high we were.  I'll tell you, kids would really love this place.

Our Ravens arrive a little after 7 pm every evening and just sit there, roosting together.  I woke up at 6:30 and peeked out the window and they were still there, but by 7 am they were gone.  Every evening they come back to sit on their rock, and in the morning they are gone.  It's pretty cool to have them there.

Ravens in the sunset sky.

This little guy has also been around lately, too - he doesn't stay long, just wanders through our site and continues on into the desert brush.  Still, I'm always happy to see him.

Welcome to our newest Follower, Sandi Ratke!  Sandi doesn't have a blog, but does plan to get into RVing.  She says she is "Still looking for the right RV for me.  I enjoy reading about the adventures of other RVers."  Sandi, I hope you find that perfect RV and have as much fun as I'm having!  Let me know if you start a blog, I'd love to see how you're doing.  Thank you for following along with me and Katie - Welcome Aboard!

One of our beautiful New Mexico sunsets.

From me and Katie, have a good day, everyone!  :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Help, there's a giant rock on The Palms

Just kidding.  Today I moved sites - I love to move around, and although I liked my first site, it was too exposed to the wind.  So I moved to the other side of the park, where the large boulders and the small hill will shield me if we have another windy spell.

So, this is the new site.

I liked the two small boulders caught in the middle of these two large ones.  There's a tree in the middle.  The sites all have a table and a bar-b-que and a trash can, too.

This afternoon Hazel came by to collect her chair (which I borrowed to hold this site while I went back to get The Palms and drive it over) and we drove around the campground again.  We saw a female cottontail and a smaller, thin cottontail that we thought was probably her little bunny, then we saw a Jackrabbit further down the road:

There were many birds around - usually the morning and early evenings are are the best times to see the birds.  I walked into the site and put a doggie bag in the trash can and looked up and saw:

Can you see the two Ravens on the rock?

I took a bunch of photos, and they didn't seem to mind that I was there.  At first I thought it was one huge bird, but it was two, just close together.

It looked like they were snuggling. :)

I put Katie in The palms and walked around behind the boulders to get better shots in the setting sun.

Some closer shots:

I watched them until dark. As it got cooler, they fluffed up their feathers a few times and grew rounder.  The bird on the right flew away, then came back.  Then he flew away again and the other bird waited.

I love having them in my site so close.

That's it for now.  I'd guess they'll be gone in the morning, but will be back tomorrow evening.

From me and Katie, have a great Tuesday night, everyone!  :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Campsites- check out these choices!

Following are some photos I've taken of the various campsites here at City of Rocks in New Mexico.  There is a site for anyone - I like the sites with a wide open western view so I'll get the longest solar input for my panels.  I'll bet during the hot summer days, the sites that are surrounded by large rocks are the first to go.  Some are better for tents - the flat surfaces are too small for an RV, even one as short as The Palms.

First is The Palms, the before and after -I had to turn her around to face the winds and dust storms that we had for three days. I had to move her nose to the west to stop the constant rocking.

The rest of this post is all photos, twice what I usually post, but they were ready to go and I thought it would be better to have them all in the same post.  I hope you don't have trouble bringing up all the shots.  As always, if you click on the picture you'll be able to see more detail.

Facing north.
Facing westward into the wind.
Beautiful kitchen view - of ROCK!

This is a nice site, the restored Airstream looked good here.

This site has two rooms, which follow.  A tent fits in either room or you can drive an RV into the cooking area.
Table area.
Cooking area.

Site called Capercornus - my birth sign.  I liked this site.

This is the back of a truck, next photo shows the front.
Front of the truck in the campsite.

Nice flat site, RV behind rock, table/bar-b-que on the other side.

Big rig in this site.

I think this man put up a tent later.
Wider view of the same site.

Site up inside the rocks with a nice overlook to the desert.

Check out this Zebra stripped RV!

Putting up a tent.
The tent!

This area is for reservations. Most sites are behind the rocks.

Site Map for City of Rocks State Park, NM

These are just some of the sites here at City of Rocks, they are all numbered and also named after the constellations. If you're in the vicinity, check out this park - it is a one of a kind, for sure!

From Me and My Dog, have a great Sunday, everyone!  :)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Some of the City of Rocks birds we've seen

I've been lucky to see another Roadrunner - this one was over in the electric site area.  I didn't have my camera and had to run to get it, but still got some nice shots:

I saw this House Sparrow  Canyon Towhee (thanks Hazel!) while filling my water tank in the park.  A few of them came up to drink the water:

Flying off.

Lots of Grey-Headed Juncos here, very pretty birds:

And, of course, Gambel's Quail, which seem to be everywhere in the desert areas I've visited:

And finally, the Ravens.  I love watching these birds soaring in the winds here.  Two Ravens are building a nest across the street from my site, and when they leave the nest they fly toward The Palms, swoop down in the winds, and then raise up to fly over the large rock next to The Palms, and then turn and head west.  It is so cool watching them.  I went outside when one was coming my way, and he flew low right over my head.  They sure look bigger that close.  As he was flying right over me, he was scratching his head with one of his feet.

I've gotten some shots of them in the nest they are building, and in the desert collecting materials for the nest.  The coloring of the rocks varies in these photos.  I took them at various times during the day when the sun and shade were hitting the nest differently, so I had to play with the lightening, brightening, contrast, etc., to show more of the detail in some of the photos.  The rocks aren't grey, they are different variations of brown.

The nest is deeper than it appears.  The two birds had plenty of room to move around inside.

Arranging the nesting materials.

Collecting sticks and twigs.
More arranging.

I noticed the bird on the right would touch the beak of the other when it flew into the nest.

Flying back to the nest with more nesting materials.

Raven flying toward the rocks.

Hazel and I took a ride around the park yesterday looking for wildlife and she spotted two more nests in holes in the large rocks.  I think they are also Raven's nests; it looks like they start with sticks and I'd guess they weave the softer materials through and on top of that base to hold it together.

In the next post I'll show you more of the camp sites here - they are all so different and unusual.

From me and Katie, have a great Friday, everyone!  :)