Stayed several days at Elephant Butte State Park in New Mexico. I’m guessing that the rock a little left of center is where the name came from. Boating, fishing, and cycling are the main activities. Also, walking of course. It is right next to the town of Truth or Consequences (T or C), which is a nice town, supposed to be a good town to retire to.
I moved 20 miles south, to Percha Dam State Park. Caballo Lake State Park is right next to it. I chose Percha Dam because it is supposed to be a good birding site, but, so far, I have not had much luck. The water level at the dam is low, just as it was at Elephant Butte, basically just a creek.
Thousands of sandhill cranes have been passing overhead, heading NORTH, towards Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge (around 60 miles from here).
Did get a picture of this guy on a telephone pole next to a farm field. Think it is a prairie falcon.
With the increasing price of gasoline, I really need to slow down on my traveling. Which is really a good thing. I went down the coast of Washington and Oregon in four days, which is ridiculous. Had to back track up the coast to see more of it. Probably living in Southern California for 30 years has something to do with it, a freeway state of mind.