Borrego Springs, CA

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Flying X and the Prize Winners!

I'm hoping to upload some more photos of the Flying X Ranch so that you have a better feel for where I am presently located. The Flying X Ranch was established in the sixties and about ten years ago became refuge property to preserve the habitat for the nesting endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler. There is a long and steep driveway up to the residence. The residence (house) is the first thing you see as you reach the summit of the hill. The volunteer full hook-up sites are located next to the house. The bedrooms in the residence are used to house interns and visiting researchers. Volunteers have access to the house for laundry, showers, and a full kitchen. That is a real bonus for cooking and extra freezer and refrigerator space. The fridge in most RVs is not very large, and it's nice to be able to buy things that won't fit in the RV fridge. I'm planning to boil up a nice corned beef brisket in the kitchen on Sunday. :) My St. Patrick's Day dinner will be a little late, but I'm going to enjoy it!

Well, it looks like I'm only going to be able to upload one picture, so here it is. This is the ranch house with the RV pads on the left. I had hoped to show the views from the back and the pool that was converted into a pond. There is also a nice fire ring for campfires. Of course, this whole area is on a burn ban because of the severe draught, so campfires aren't possible at this time.

On March 23, I posted the picture of a skull and asked readers to guess what kind of skull it was. Now I will announce the winners! (Taa Daa...trumpets!!) There were three winners (four, if you count my 91 year old mother who said "it looks like an old dead animal"...you can't argue with that!). So, the winners are: Wautaush (I will dismiss your second guess of a camel), Robyn, and PetDoc. All of these contestants guessed the correct answer of a ferral hog. All will receive a diamond willow walking stick. I just don't know how to get the prize to PetDoc since I don't know who that is. So, contact me!

I spent the morning doing a bird survey of Doe Skin Ranch and had a good count. I talked to about ten visitors along the way and added the canyon towhee to my life list. It was a good morning.

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

PS...I got one more picture loaded of the back side of the ranch house. The pond is on the right. And to think this only took me four hours!


  1. Hi Judy,
    I am Petdoc! I really am a veterinarian, living in south central Missouri. I read your blog every day and am looking forward to the day when I can retire and live in my RV (2004 Four Winds Class C) at least most of the time (probably in couple of years)
    Thank you so much for the walking stick. I look forward to having it!
    Deanna Tolliver
    16365 Hardwood Lane
    St. Robert MO 65584

  2. Hi PetDoc,
    Say, maybe we can meet and I'll drop off the walking stick on my way to Sedalia at the end of May. How does that sound?