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Sep 5, 2018 - Today was huge

/// Wednesday - September 5, 2018 A Lucky Day.....! We started the day off with a visit to the local US Dept. of Interior, BLM office, to make an application for the draft lottery for a hiking permit to the "WAVE." I have previously applied for a permit twice on line. This process is in person. A total of 20 hikers are permitted daily. Ten from on line lottery and ten for the in person lottery. We sat anxiously as the crowd of applicants steady grew. After an orientation by a BLM employee applications are taken for each party of hikers. I...

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Oct 19, 2015 - Isn’t it grand!

Grand Canyon, AZ The Grand Canyon is an incredible steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River. It is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and over a mile deep. Visitors come to either the South Rim or the North Rim – 10 miles apart as the California condor flies but 220 miles apart by car. We are on the South Rim as the North Rim is closed for the season already. Since the canyon is so gigantic we are seeing only a very, very small portion of it and it is still very, very impressive. Naturally the grandeur of the canyon cannot be...

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On the road again

Oct 18, 2015 - Wheels are rollin’

Grand Canyon, AZ We have hit the road again, leaving Las Vegas on rather a strange day – it is a rainy day which is a rare occurrence here. It made for nice driving and gave us some interesting cloud formations to admire. We had hoped to reach the Grand Canyon by sunset so we could watch the colors but, because of the heavy cloud cover, there was no sunset that we could see. Instead, we were treated to a downpour with thunder and lightning. Pity the poor tent campers!

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Oct 20, 2014 - Grand Canyon

We spent a beautiful day at the Grand Canyon. To have a late day in October with temperatures in the mid 70's and clear skies was fantastic. I'll take it under any weather condition. There is something spiritual about it that draws me to it. No pictures can capture it. It can only be experienced by being there.

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Oct 20, 2014 - Grand Canyon National Park

HELLLOOO from Grand Canyon Camper Village just outside Grand Canyon NP! We were unable to obtain an RV space at Trailer Village in the park as they were all booked up when we called a week ago! Our bad! We drove to several points along the South Rim today to view the canyon, snap photos for the blog and walk Bear. There were so many tourists! When we were here in Dec 2007 when there was snow on the ground, were other 3 rigs in Trailer Village, a handful of tourists and empty parking lots. Today it's warm (high 60's), Trailer Village is...

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2014 Yellowstone

Jul 29, 2014 - Helicopter trip - Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon

Ok, so today was our helicopter day trip to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. Lots of photos, even though I've edited out a few hundred. A great day, which started with a 5:15am collection from the hotel. Even though it was 90 degrees I couldn't see the sun. Then suddenly, it dawned on me.

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May 17, 2014 - Goodbye Casa de San Pedro; Saguaro National Park

Sat May 17, 2014 Drive to Phoenix / Saguaro National Park Patrick, co-owner and chef at Casa, made the best pancakes for breakfast, light and fluffy with real maple syrup. MMMMM! Breakfast is served family style and we love the camaraderie that results. It’s especially nice since we are all birders and have so much to share and talk about. People return to this B&B often, this is the sixth time Ann and Blayne Olsen have returned. It feels comfortable, people feel familiar, and birders are so friendly. Staying at a B&B is generally more...

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Arizona, May 2014

May 16, 2014 - River walk, last day

Fri May 16, 2014 River walk on our last day Tom and Sheri (The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory) lead a group walk along the river that runs behind Casa (the B&B). Most creeks we have encountered have been totally dry, this river is just a trickle due to a 10-year drought. But it is enough to attract birds. Lifers here were Cassin’s Kingbird, canyon wren, green-tailed towhee, and Abert’s towhee. But the real treat was all the stunning male vermillion flycatchers! A hawk flew over and one male vermillion performed its defense “act,”...

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Arizona, May 2014

May 15, 2014 - Last try for the trogon

Thurs May 15, 2014 One last try for the elegant trogon Tom suggested we meet at Huachuca Canyon, also located in Fort Huachuca. And so we hiked again, up dusty, rocky, trails sometimes steep. This time, we got the elusive bird. We heard him barking (not a very “elegant” call at all!) and followed the sound till we got excellent looks. Denis got a picture before he flew off. We believe it does pay off to hire a guide when looking for something specific, or birding in an unfamiliar area. It saves a lot of time and hiking. Champagne...

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Arizona, May 2014

May 14, 2014 - Garden Canyon for trogon; Owl Prowl for elf owl

Wed May 14, 2014 Casa de San Pedro B&B Last night the moon was full & bright and the stars were washed out. Doubt we’ll get the big starry sky I was hoping for. We went to Fort Huachuca (wha-chew-ka) to bird and find the elegant trogon. It’s a huge army base and it took a while to find Garden Canyon, one of several birding places here. WE hiked and hiked, but again, no luck. So we went to Dairy Queen and had banana splits for dinner. ☺ The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (Tom & Sheri owners) lead an owl prowl and we signed up for it....

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Arizona, May 2014

May 13, 2014 - Travel to Hereford

Tues May 13, 2014 Travel to Hereford We were up by 6:30 to pack and get on the road. At about 8:00 we started hauling our plunder out to the car. Luis, the B&B owner, was out filling feeders. He informed us that the elegant trogon was right outside out room at 7:20, but he didn’t know if we were still sleeping and didn’t want to wake us so he didn’t come and tell us. Really???!#@&*!! We’ve talked to this guy at great length about the trogon being our target bird and we’ve traveled 2,500 miles to see this bird and he didn’t want to wake...

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Arizona, May 2014

May 12, 2014 - Madera Canyon, Chuparosa

Mon May 12, 2014 Madera Canyon / Chuparosa B&B / Birding We hiked the Carrie Nation trail again this morning, and again no trogon. Locals are saying the exceptionally dry winter/spring is discouraging the trogons whose habitat is riverbeds that have unfortunately dried up. We did get a few life birds: hermit warbler, Mexican whip-poor-will, olive warbler, and spotted towhee. There are many birders on this trail, and it’s always interesting to chat with them. We learned that a man died of a heart attack hiking this trail, and another had a...

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Arizona, May 2014

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