Archive for June 15th, 2014

15
Jun
14

Wildlife, So Far

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Mule Deer, Mesa Verde National Park

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Pinion Jay, Mesa Verde National Park.

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Wild Horses, Mesa Verde National Park.

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Elk, Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

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Elk, Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

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The United States is divided east and west by the Mississippi River, which also divides the animals into two groups as well.  Those from east of the Mississippi and those from west.  I have rarely been west of the Mississippi and have yet to identify some of these small birds like this one.  This photo was taken in Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

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Navajo Ponies.  Near Chaco Canyon.

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And some very colorful lizards, Chaco National Historic Park.

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15
Jun
14

Campsite #10

Coarsegold, California.  I stayed at a KOA in Coarsegold, California for a night.  I finished my laundry and took a short trip into Yosemite National Park.  Temperatures in Coarsegold were still hot, but I secured a reservation for a campsite inside Yosemite for the following day.  Coarsegold is at about 2000 feet (about 650 meters) above sea level.  The campground I would be staying at in Yosemite was at 8600 feet (about 2500 meters) above sea level.

15
Jun
14

Campsite #9

Barstow, California.  Stopped at a KOA in Barstow, California for a night.  Temperature was at 107 when I got there.  Drove through Las Vegas around noon on I-15.  Interstate 15 runs east and west and connects Las Vegas and Los Angeles.  Barstow is about half way between them.  When I woke the next morning I pointed the vehicle north in hopes of getting out of the Mojave Desert and into the mountains where it would be cooler.

15
Jun
14

Campsite #8

Richfield, Utah.  I stayed for about eighteen hours at a KOA in Richfield, Utah.  Got some laundry done and tried to decide what to do next.  I had a nice shady site, which is good because the temperatures in Utah pushed a hundred degrees.  When I woke that morning I decided to push on into California to see if I could escape the heat.




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