Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Greetings Friends,

Here are some pictures of the inside of the Visitor’s Center at Bitter Lake NWR where I get to work 3 days a week.

(Remember to click on the picture to enlarge it.)

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And blooming just outside the door is this gorgeous cactus!

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OK back to work now, stay tuned……………KayATT00001

Monday, April 14, 2014

Greetings from the high desert where the sun shines brightly and the wind blows…….always!!!!

CoyoteWe have not had much time to explore the Roswell area yet as we have been busy working and getting to know the refuge. We have a vehicle for our use, so we have been exploring the back roads of the refuge. Yesterday we saw a coyote checking out the ducks in the lake, but of course did not have my camera and my phone camera just couldn’t do it. Oh well, next time!!! (It’s a little bit like “Finding Elmo”)

It didn’t take long for Steve, the volunteer coordinator, to see that we needed very little training and he started thinking of other projects we could do. They are planning a CCC Exhibit and I am doing some research on that, as well as helping to create a Volunteer Orientation Packet. Bill is already involved in a plumbing repair job at one of the ranger’s houses.

Everyone is very friendly and right away made us feel welcome. The refuge manager brought us 1-1/2 dozen eggs from his chickens and last night we had a cookout at Berni’s administrative manager) house here on the refuge.

The day we arrived the entry road was being torn up in preparation for new asphalt, so that means there are trucks running everywhere around us during the day. But soon that will be done and all will be quiet again. The nights are amazingly quiet……no trains, no nothing!!! It’s wonderful!!!

 

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The cactus are just starting to bloom and they are so pretty. this one is right outside the door to the Visitor’s Center.

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The sunsets are fabulous….this is the view behind our RV.

 

 

Stay tuned for more Adventures with Bill and Kay 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bitter Lake NWR

After almost 2 years we are finally on the road again …….hurray!

We arrived at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, New Mexico on Saturday, April 5th after an uneventful drive over from Hondo, TX. We left on Friday and stayed overnight in the Walmart parking lot in Carlsbad, NM and came into the Refuge Saturday morning.

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After getting all set up and power, water and sewer hooked up, we drove the seven miles into Roswell for lunch at Chili’s and to just look around. It appears that Roswell has everything we will need, including a Hobby Lobby……again hurray!!!

Then it was back to the Refuge to meet with Steve Alvarez, law enforcement officer and volunteer services coordinator. Steve introduced us to the workings of the Visitor’s Center and then took us on a drive around the refuge. I think we will be very happy here for the next three months.

I will take pictures and post them so you can see where we are and what we are doing here. The wildlife here consists mainly of ducks, sandhill cranes, and birds. Of course there are coyotes, bobcats, and lots of rattlesnakes, so we will be watching where we step!

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View out the side window of   the coach.

 

 

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View from the rear of the coach.

 

 

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  Ranger’s houses out the front window.

 

 

As you can see we are definitely in the high desert, the only trees are a few that have been planted around the area. It is very quiet and peaceful, even though the wind blows most all the time.

In my next post I will have pictures of the Visitor’s Center and any wildlife I see.

Just Us Kids……volunteering again!!!