Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Day Gone To The Birds…

Wow…finally we woke to warm temperatures and a forecast of warming throughout the day.  It was going to be a good day.

After visiting with a couple of the ladies here in the RV Park, we decided to get out and run a few errands.  First, we stopped in at Home Depot to pick up some cleaning supplies.  We also looked at some flooring materials for the basement of the motor home.  Something that would replace the cardboard we use to protect the carpeting.  Found a couple of ideas, but we will have to ponder on that thought for a while.

From Home Depot, Mark drove me to find the Zen Day Salon so I could make an appointment to get my hair done next week.  Mission accomplished.

By this time it was way past lunch time, so we decided that we would stop at Chili’s and use a gift card we had received at Christmas.  We chose the 3 courses for 2 for $20.  We shared an appetizer of skinny onion rings and jalapeños, for an entree, Mark had ribs and I had shrimp tacos, and we shared a dessert.  Wow, what a great lunch and  a great deal.

Now, after a lunch like that, we decided we better take a good walk and certainly knew that that was our only meal for the day.  So, when we returned to the RV Park, I changed from my flip flops to my tennis shoes, we grabbed our cameras and headed out…

With our

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card we checked in at

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visitor center at the state park which is located within walking distance from our RV Park.  From here, we

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headed off down the road.  It wasn’t long before we

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came across the first group of birders.  There are alot of these viewing areas/bird feeding stations set up throughout the park.  There are benches and swings and you just sit with binoculars and cameras and wait

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for the birds to come.  We are not birders, so this was fascinating to me.

We continued our walk and soon we found

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several Javelina roaming freely through the park.  They didn’t seem to mind all the people wandering freely around in the park.

We  continued

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on with our walk.  We saw

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birds in the trees and

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birds on the ground, and birds

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with pretty colors from head to tail feathers.

  There were feeders all over the park.  I was amused at the ones that served

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grapefruit as the main course.

We walked on and found a

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On the way we passed

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the Nature Center.  Again…another day.  And just as we got back to the park entrance, there was the photo opportunity of the day…

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I got several great shots, before this guy decided

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enough is enough. LOL

What a great afternoon walk in the state park.  I can’t wait to go back.


  1. What a wonderful place to see. The Javalina sure are interesting looking critters. Enjoyed your beautiful pics.

  2. Dortha-have always wanted to stay in the RV park that is right next to the Bird Sanctuary but have never been able to get in. Glad you are having some warmer weather.

  3. Looks like a great park. I have never gotten the hang of that birding thing but it looks interesting.

    Hopefully we will be able to take your advice and give Gina and Rollie a hug for you guys in the next few weeks before we head east again!

  4. Beautiful park!! We love birding so we MUST put this on our list of places to see. Thanks for sharing it with us. Looks like it was a really nice day too.

    Have fun!

    Mike and Gerri