Hummingbirds of Ecuador

Until we begin our travels in mid-March, I’ll share some of the highlights from 2022. Last February, Alan and I traveled to the birding paradise of Ecuador. This is a beautiful country to visit, particularly to see the spectacular birds of the tropics. It is perfect for a first international birding trip. The people are so hospitable and welcoming. There is also a strong conservation movement with the establishment of many private and public preserves. They are sustained in large part by ecotourism and particularly birding tours. There are over 1530 species of birds in the country. All this makes Ecuador a very popular destination.

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Holiday Greetings

To all those who have read and followed my blog over the last few years, thank you!

The last couple years, beginning with the pandemic were a big change from my first three years of RVing. I was traveling very little and some other things. This made it difficult for me to write posts. The upcoming year I feel will be a new beginning, including getting back to posting to the blog.

Thanks to those who continued to check in, it was very much appreciated!

To all of you, may you have a Merry Christmas, and may 2023 be a year full of blessings and adventure!

As of Sunday, June 27th it has been four years since I sold my house in Colorado and began my RVing adventure. I have loved visiting so many of the beautiful public lands around the west, especially during the first couple years before the pandemic.

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Summer Doldrums

Summer is here and hot temps continue. When the monsoon rains arrive, usually by mid-July, the cloudy skies and rains will bring some relief. I never tire of the beauty of the walls of Cave Creek Canyon near Portal, AZ. As I was taking the header photo, I noticed there was an arch that I hadn’t seen before. Read More

Although summer officially begins June 20th, we have had a few days in the 100s and mostly the 90s since the last week of May. Most of the migratory birds have arrived and many have already nested and fledged their young. The bears and other wildlife are very active. There is an abundance of green vegetation and insects galore. We have had some clouds and brief rain showers the last couple days, which made for the nice sunset in my header photo. Read More

The several weeks since my last blog post have flown by! Since it has been awhile, I have quite a few photos to share. This area is so beautiful that I had a difficult time narrowing down to these selections! Read More

Spring Is Here!

I remained in the Tucson area through March and into mid-April. The weather continued to be pleasant – cool enough at night and comfortably warm during the day. I am able to hike on some nearby trails that aren’t busy on weekdays. Other than that, I stay at home and only go to the grocery store as needed. Read More

How quickly things can change

As I ended my last blog post it was late February, and I was on my way to Kofa National Wildlife Refuge to gather with friends. At that time, life still seemed pretty normal.  Kofa was beautiful, plants were blooming, and it was wonderful to see everyone. Read More

Tucson to Yuma

At the end of January, I departed Portal, AZ and headed to Tucson. I had a long list of things I needed to do in the city – shopping, haircut, laundry, etc. I also did a couple hikes in Saguaro National Park. Saguaro NP is a real treasure right at the edge of the city with some beautiful hiking trails. Read More

A New Year Begins – Portal, AZ

As 2020 rolled in, I continued my position as a volunteer host at the Cave Creek Canyon Visitor Information Center (VIC) in Portal, AZ. During the last few days of December there were several inches of snow in the canyon and more in the mountains. It made for some very scenic vistas.  Read More