Another beautiful day at the City of Rocks State Park. It made it up into the 70s today, and with the humidity in the teens, it made it just about perfect.
But that will all change in the next day or two; tomorrow is supposed to be windy but warm, then it will be in the 50s for a while. So, I think after this weekend, I'll head for Arizona. As I've mentioned before, I wouldn't say I like traveling during the weekend for various reasons, so Monday sounds like a good day to put on my traveling shoes and hit the road. I don't know where I will go, but by then I will be close to needing a place to hunker down for the holidays.
I just ordered my first Christmas present today from Amazon, which was for my grandson. I'm still waiting for the latest recommendations for my granddaughter. I pushed a couple of buttons on the computer, and in seconds, Amazon assured me that my chosen Christmas present would be delivered to my daughter's door today... That certainly is convenient.
But it's not nearly as exciting as how I used to buy Christmas presents, walking around a gigantic mall in Miami on Christmas Eve night searching for half a dozen presents before the mall closed... And yes, I was a procrastinator even then.
no matter how tired you are, you have to look carefully before you sit down.
My previous boondocking spot at sunset.
This is a one eyed Curved Bill Thrasher. And no that's not a silly name that I made up for this bird like I sometimes do. This bird actually does have one eye.
I didn't know it until he turned around, but his left eye is severely damaged, and I would imagine he can't see out of it which would turn his already difficult and demanding life into unending fear and misery.
but life in the desert is a constant challenge for any critter that walks, crawls, or flies over these hot, dry, boonies. And since this bird has obviously survived the merciless desert despite his handicap, I felt he deserved respect, and couldn't bring myself to make up a silly name for what I perceive to be a tough, heroic bird.