Saturday, November 15, 2008

Elephant Butte then north

Sunday, November 9, 2008

In the morning we drove to the Elephant Butte State Park near T or C. Once again, we have the beach to ourselves. We’ll stay here until we pick up our mail on Wednesday or Thursday then head slowly north to Suzanne’s house on Saturday.
We stayed sometimes on the beach, sometimes in the campground depending on the weather. Met a really nice Lazy Daze couple. David Roderick and Nola Woodbury from Eugene, OR. They are travelling for a year or so while deciding what to do next. They are heading to Las Cruces to work on a Habitat For Humanity house with a group of Escapees. What a great idea. We’re going to check into it when we get home.
Left Elephant Butte on Saturday morning. A neighbor in the campground suggested we stop at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro. We did and had a wonderful day. Thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese make this area their winter home. We saw two eagles, some hawks, ducks, one ring neck pheasant, some elk, and of course, endless numbers of cranes & geese.
After that we went to the Sandia Casino off I-25 north of Albuquerque. Treated ourselves to the buffet. Oink! Oink! Staying in the casino parking lot tonight.

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