Borrego Springs, CA

Monday, July 19, 2010

A back roads trip

Since I slept in a little bit today, and wasn’t feeling terribly ambitious, I just kind of lazed about the rig today.  Couldn’t sit outside much because of all the flies, so I waited until early evening to head out for a trip on some of the back roads in the area.  I checked out several of the National forest campgrounds in the area, and they were all quite nice.  Some of them even had sites with electricity.
_MG_2932I also stopped back at the Island Lake Reservoir to see if I could get some better pictures of the Western grebe family.  They were no where to be seen, but a pair of white pelicans were paddling around the dam area.
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                                     Mrs. and Mr. Pelican were just loafing.
_MG_2962And doing a little feather maintenance.
_MG_2975A ring-billed gull was also taking a break from food finding on the rocks of the dam.

We left the dam and headed down another back road…
_MG_2983…and met this fellow in the middle of the woods.  I’m not quite sure what he was doing there.  :)

I was hoping to see maybe a moose or a bear as we turned down a rustic National forest road, but it was not to be. 
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However, there were some new flowers blooming along the way.  These little beauties have just started arriving.
IMG_2989I think this might be among the first of the Indian paintbrushes.  They are just beginning to show up.  What a marvelous wild flower display there has been in the mountains this year.

After moving the satellite dish the other day, it appears that I have parked the car too close to the rig and interfered with the signal.  So, I’d better go move the car so I can watch a little TV before I head off to bed.  :(

Thanks for stopping by….talk to you later,  Judy


  1. Easy to see why they call it a ring billed Gull alright. Back roads tours are my fav:))

  2. Glad to see you had an easy day, we did too, just played around he campground and laid in the pool, and then chatted with our neighbors next door, they had a small yellow lab mixed female named Molly so Rigg's and Molly played and romped for an hour or so, Don't worry Emma, he isn't serious or anything with her.It's always good when the dog's socialize well with other dog's.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  3. I am glad I found your Blog. Your pictures are great. Where are you now? We used to be snowbirds but now cannot get medical insurance for the USA, so we have to stay home. Very sad since we enjoyed Arizona and California so very much.

  4. I'm with Al...back road drives are the very best. You find all kinds of interesting sights and many photo opportunities. :)
    Love that fellow you ran across! Cute!
    Pelicans are one of my favorites and the ring- billed gull is so cute!

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  5. Loved seeing the pelicans! I'm from Louisiana, an that's our state bird :)

    Looks like you got more done in one day, than I did all week!