We did more in New Mexico than just look for birds. We visited the Pecos National Historic Park, after leaving Las Vegas, in the hills before Santa Fe. The Pecos Indians created a pueblo of about 2,000 people that traded with the Apache to the east and Indian farmers to the west . In 1541 the Spanish arrived and it was not long after that that the Franciscan friars came. Of course what is left is mainly a Catholic church…
It was an interesting stop; a wonderful museum in the visitor center, a Ranger guided tour of the site and amazing adobe structures to explore.
We also stopped at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. We had thought we might see some birds but it really is for animals. We arrived on the day that they had an open house. It included many events including archery! They are trying to reintroduce the Gunnison’s prairie dog which is a primary food for the local hawks,,,
We had a nice walk through the park, enjoying the plants and landscape.
We spend a windy day driving through Wyoming. We believe this US state could be fully powered with “green energy” by installing wind mills. We did not want to drive at the posted speeds as we thought we might be blown off the road!
We had a few stops planning in the hopes of seeing some migrating birds. The first was Edness Wilkins State Park near Casper. The might Missouri River flows by it and we did see our first wild turkeys. But it was windy and cool and we only saw a few northern flickers and a couple of killdeer.
We next stopped at Glendo State Park just south of Douglas. We saw a pair of deer, a gaggle of Canada Geese, several ring-billed gulls and an American White Pelican. We felt like we were back on the Bow River!
We spent the night in Cheyenne, the state capital. It is a lovely city of just 60,000 people. We had a lovely walk in their Lions Park. It has a large lake, Sloans Lake, with easy paths to walk around it. It also had several other areas including a place with this amazing train.
Next we are off to Colorado…
We left Calgary on Sunday to drive down to Barra de Navidad. We have rented a house there for 6 months starting November 1. It was a busy few weeks getting ready to leave so we decided to just drive to Great Falls, Montana the first day. We had a windy drive down but enjoyed the countryside.
Once we got to Great Falls we took a long walk along the River’s Edge Trail from West Bank Park. We saw lots of Canada Geese and Ring-billed Gulls as well as a few mallards and common mergansers.
The next day we stopped at The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. This is where a significant battle occurred between the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians and the United States Army. On June 25th 1876 the Indians routed the army in the major battle. This site has markers showing where each soldier and Indian fell. It was quite moving to see the markers, especially where Custer’s last stand was.
We went for several walks through the park and were surprised by this rattler! We then cut our hiking short!
We are driving through Wyoming next.