Feb. 10: An uneventful drive to Slidell, LA. We passed through a small part of Alabama, Mississippi & ended just a few miles north of New Orleans.
Feb. 11: On to Beaumont, TX. Another uneventful drive (which is what we’re hoping for!) with sunny skies. Sometimes fairly windy, but doesn’t bother our Airstream!
Feb. 12 & 13: Destination Waco, TX! Instead of memories of David Koresh & the Branch Davidian debacle, this city now brings to mind the delightful Chip & Joanna Gaines from “Fixer Upper”. We love this show on HGTV & record & watch it faithfully. This is the only reason we stopped 2 days here.
On the way to Waco I spied the first narcissus of the spring – white ones! Trees are sprouting catkins & a hint of green Here & there. Ahhh – spring is coming!
So here we are in Waco, home of the famous movie stars, Chip & Joanna. They are obviously a huge draw to the area, as you will see below.
I came here to get my photo taken in front of the silos. This is a shot from afar.
Little did we realize what a draw this place would be (though we might have suspected). It was lined up down the block! We arrived around 11 AM on a Saturday, so that may have played a part. There I am in the last photo in front of the silver car.
And here I am in front of the sign. Lots of folks were doing this – had to wait our turn to be on my own.
A couple more shots around Waco.
Here’s one of our intrepid photographer which I forgot about (taken with my iPhone. A cold day with his new camera & lens on his “holster”.
Feb. 14: On to Lubbock, TX. It is a lot drier & we see clumps of prickly pear cactus here & there. At our lunch rest stop past Abilene, we added a Ladder-backed Woodpecker to our list! Birding at 70-70 mph isn’t easy. The only birds we usually get are meadowlarks (could be Eastern or Western), crows, vultures, couple of Red-tailed Hawks – but added 3 Tundra Swans & a few skeins of Canada Geese! There were many large fields of wind generators – a windy area obviously. Fields of harvested cotton leaves white cotton puffs in the field & alongside the highways.
Feb. 15: Now into New Mexico!
They have the brightest & most unusual licence plates in the US. As far as I know, the only one which says New Mexico USA! Our destination is near Albuquerque (such a great name with an interesting spelling!). Just after we passed into New Mexico, near Melrose, Bill spied a Lesser Prairie Chicken on the side of the road! I missed it, but kept my eye peeled & whadya know – I spotted 1 sitting up on an abandoned rail car! This is a Lifer & only occurs in a small area near the eastern NM border! I was so happy to spot 1, especially when I was sure it would only be added to Bill’s Lifer list! Yippee!
As we got near our destination (Edgewood, NM) we spied a hill beside the road with snow amongst the trees! First snow! A long way away we could also see some higher mountains with snowy caps. High today in Edgewood was 12. Low tonight is 1.
Feb. 16: Meteor Crater RV Park near Flagstaff, AZ. A sunny, dry day for driving all along Interstate Hwy 40 all the way to this little out-of-the way place. It is 6 miles from the actual crater (which we’ve never visited, & probably never will, because we’re too tired!). A lovely clean RV park – as compared with the junk heap yesterday – yikes! Discovered Dark-eyed Juncos in the park as well as House Finch which is new for the list! We’re at 189!
Feb. 17: It got down to freezing early this morning & we had to unhook the water last night – meaning Billy had to go out in the cold this morning & re-hook up. No wind though, so not too bad. A clear, sunny day into Las Vegas with high 27C!! We’ve stayed here many times & have a week to get our heater fixed & do some birding. We made all our appointments & phone calls, plus a trip to Camping World to get the part for our heater. This KOA at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino houses our favourite Mexican Resltaurant, Willy & Jose’s – Yay! Out for dinner.