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Borrego Springs, CA

Friday, October 28, 2011

Finally made it to Anahuac NWR

At last, I pulled into the volunteer pads this afternoon about 2:30.  What a relief to finally get here. 

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I’m rather proud to say that I backed into my assigned site on the first try without any mishaps!  I took my time about it, and I think it helped that I didn’t have an audience.  The pad is cement, but the approach to it is iffy.  It didn’t take me too long to get everything set up for an extended stay.  Of the eight RV spots, this one is my favorite.  I’ve come home for the next two months. 

As you can see, the skies were overcast all day, and the winds only increased as I made my way into Texas.  By the time I got here the northerly winds were blowing about 30 mph and cold!  Welcome to Texas.  Smile

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Here’s what I found on the seat of the picnic table after I set up.  It’s an owl pellet, and it seems this owl dined on a digging rodent.  The owls can’t digest the bones and fur, so they spit them up in pellets. Everything that is digestible is gone.  I’m happy that there is an owl close by that is taking care of the rodents.  Better that they provide food for the owl than visit my rig!

Stephanie, the volunteer coordinator, stopped by this afternoon to say welcome.  After dark, my friend Colin and the two other volunteers showed up after a day spent in Lake Charles planting and transporting native plants for the refuge.  All of this is to help the refuge recover from the devastation of hurricane Ike several years ago.  It was great seeing Colin again.  He is from England, and has come to Anahuac to volunteer in the fall for the last nine years.  Because of my delays in getting here, we’ll only be working together for under two weeks.  Sad smile  Shucks!

Well, I’ve got to set my alarm tonight for the first time in about six months.  Ugh!  I need to leave here at 7:20 to drive the 10 miles to open up the VIS tomorrow.  It’s back to work (?) for me tomorrow, and I’m actually looking forward to it.  We’ll see how long that lasts…

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Can you tell that Emma was thrilled that we finally arrived also?  She spent quite some time frolicking around playing with her little fox.  Sure beats the pavement of a repair shop parking lot!

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

32 comments:

  1. Glad you made it, Judy, and hope you have a wonderful experience with your job. I look forward to reading your posts about the area. Have fun. Pats and scratches to Emma.

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  2. Happy to hear you & Emma arrived safely -- after the fiasco you both have endured! We once had an owl in our yard & hubby enjoyed checking out what it had for dinner...LOL! Enjoy & don't work too hard!

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  3. Welcome to your home base in Texas, Judy! I hope you don't mind working in the VIS center...I remember that it wasn't your favorite to sit inside and do paperwork. ;)

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  4. Glad you're safe and sound, and let's hope that ole Murphy has left you alone for some time...

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  5. i'm looking forward to your pictures of your new "home". glad you two are safe and sound.

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  6. Happy puppy, happy owner and an owl pellet. What more could you want. Glad you're finally there safe and sound.

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  7. hope you enjoy your stay in Texas!..have a good first day at work!!

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  8. Congrats on your much delayed arrival! My your next two months be stress-free and filled with interesting day - and owl pellets!

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  9. Happy, happy to finally be where u want to be! Can't wait for posted pictures of your adventures! Take Care.

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  10. Glad you made it safe. Probably feels good to be somewhere for a time, that you INTENDED to go and not because of a breakdown. Have a great time and enjoy yourself!

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  11. Welcome home! Alarm clock, I might have one of those somewhere:)

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  12. YEAH!!!!! And all the RVing people friends said AMEN!

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  13. Hallelujah!!!She has arrived!!! I hope your stay will be really super. You deserve it after what you went through.

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  14. Welcome back to your new home base for the next couple of months. Glad you had an uneventful last leg of the trip. I know you are glad to be there!!
    Take care and enjoy your stay at the NWR.

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  15. Welcome home, weary traveler! Enjoy yourself, I'l be thinking about your alarm clock as I snooze and sleep in late. Retirement has it's benefits... ;c)

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  16. It took a while, but glad to see you're home!

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  17. I still can't believe you are actually there! Enjoy it, and I know Emma will be loving it.

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  18. You've made it! What a relief for everybody.

    Now you can enjoy working? What Work!!! Oh no....

    We are glad you there and looking forward for your great photo stories from the refuge.

    Mac & Dianna

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  19. Glad you're home for a while. The adventure of getting there makes the arrival so much sweeter. Enjoy.

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  20. Good to see your at your base camp for an extended stay, Looks like it agrees with Emma too. Don't work to hard. and be safe out there. Sam & Donna...

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  21. I'm glad to see that you arrived safely and have a nice home for the next two months. Emma sure did look happy.

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  22. Am hoping Mr. Murphy isn't a blog reader and finds out where you are.......

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  23. That's gross! I need to talk about poop to get that out of my head!

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  24. So glad you made it to your destination. Welcomed by owls, what could be better?

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  25. Score! Now, I just hope they don't always assign you the less pleasant jobs as punishment for being late. But, how cool that they saved you your favorite parking spot.

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  26. Home (for a couple of months) at last!!!! Enjoy!

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  27. Glad to hear you made it to one of your favorite spots. Enjoy! :)

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  28. Feels good to be "home" doesn't it? Well, home for a few months anyway.

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  29. Glad to hear all is well now. Enjoy your stay for the next few months. Emma indeed looks happy.

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  30. I'm pretty sure you have given Murphy the slip..He is lingering here in Ill...Glad you have landed at last...One month is about enough in any one spot for us..McGuyver gets thrown out after that..Of course I NEVER do :-)))

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  31. Ahhh so glad you are all set up, safe and sound, and we are all anxious to see all about your new job for the next two months!

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