Page 5 of Kathy Watson Travel Blog Posts


North America » United States » Florida » Clermont January 26th 2020

blog 01-26-20 Disney Springs One of the items on our bucket list while staying here near the Magic Kingdom is to go to Disney Springs which is an area of the Disney property that has lots of stores, restaurants and sometimes entertainment. We like to go for specialty shops, lunch and Ghirardelli's ice cream store. Today was the day, and we found a great parking place that wasn't too far from the places we wanted to go. We took a boat across the lake deciding to start at the farthest point and then work our way back. First stop was a store with everything Disney, then the pin store, then the doggie must haves. Kat got a neat gold hat at one stop then we were at the Ghirardelli store, we could almost taste the chocolate. ... read more
the balloon is an amusement ride
hotel with manicured lawn
our ride across the lake

North America » United States » Florida » Gainesville January 19th 2020

blog 01-19-20 Wild horses and bison The day started with light rain showers so I took care of some business inside waiting long enough for the clouds to thin then took Watson for a walk. We went to the lake shore to see who was out and found some critters braving the wind to find lunch. I took some pictures and Watson got a few pats from kids along the way so we were both happy. I dropped Watson at the camper because I was going to the tower and he was not permitted. The tower overlooked most of the prairie so I was able to see part of the wild herds of horses and bison. Apparently before the first European man arrived here bison were a part of the natural environment and the park service's ... read more
red shoulder hawk fly by
Little Blue Heron
bald eagle

North America » United States » Florida » Gainesville January 18th 2020

01-18-20 Paynes Prairie Preserve After spending Friday trying to have my camper repaired I was very ready for a day of fun. I took Watson for a walk by the lake and I was happy to find many subjects just waiting to be captured. Pictures After lunch I left Watson at home and headed for a wildlife sanctuary at the north end of the preserve. It was difficult to find but sure glad I did because I was able to find the rare snail kite. I have only seen the bird once before and it was just a fleeting sight. The snail kites love this prairie because it is a feast for them because of the prime environment for the growth of their favorite food, snails. Most of the prairie is flooded most of the year ... read more
great egret with mating plumage
female anhinga, note the webbed feet
Limpkin with a snail


blog 04-02-19 Beach Day Lynne had shown me a picture she took yesterday morning of the moon and Venus rising just before dawn, so this morning I woke up hoping to see them. I did and was able to capture their image before the sun rose, but somehow missed Mercury. Then the sunrise was getting more colorful, which is rare out here, so I stayed up for that and caught the colors in the lake. Later in the morning Watson and I walked to the beach far down from the campground and he was playing in the sand and I was taking pictures of our campground when I saw something in the sky. It was a flock of white pelicans circling right over the very place my camper is parked. There must have been 60 of ... read more
almost sunrise
struggling yucca
beetle

North America » United States » Colorado » Littleton April 7th 2019

blog 04-07-19 White Rock to Pueblo to Denver I have been traveling for the last two days through some of the most gorgeous scenery I have seen in a long time. That's not to take away from southern Texas and New Mexico where there was incredible beauty but Northern New Mexico and Colorado have the shining mountains and more moisture to make for larger and more robusk bushes, grass and trees. I am a sucker for a snow capped mountain. The journey started at about 6,000 ft in elevation and went up and down the whole way. I took the back roads which were 2 lane 60 mph highways winding through territory that looked like it was right out of a western, complete with a wild horse herd that crossed the road. The trail took me ... read more
always a snow capped mt somewhere
Taos at the base of the mt
driving into Taos

North America » United States » New Mexico » Los Alamos April 5th 2019

Blog 04-05-19 Los Alamos and Bandelier On Thursday I moved from Elephant Butte and headed north on 25 and drove past Albuquerque , past Santa Fe and found my way to White Rock, NM. Lynne had suggested I stop in Bandelier National Monument to see the Pueblo ruins and she also gave me a tip on where to stay, at the visitor's center in White Rock. It's basically a large parking lot with electric hook-ups but right across the street from the whole town. There is a grocery, library, 3 eateries and the post office all within walking distance, get cell service and several tv channels, what more can you want. I went into Los Alamos which was only 6 miles away for some Mexican food but the place was closed but I did discover this ... read more
first view of snow capped mountains
view of the ravines
Los Alamos statues Openheimer and Groves see next picture


blog 04-03-19 Chloride- Ghost Town My last day here in Elephant Butte and I just had to go to another ghost town. Chloride is about 1 hr away down this very windy road through some hills and about 1500 ft higher in elevation. The scenery was beautiful for a desert climate with an increase in large bushes and even an occasion tree. To keep me on my toes driving it is open range meaning the cows roam free, no fences. We did see a few cows just around a corner but they were just off the road so no emergency braking was necessary. We came to a little town of Winston and there was a general store on the corner just begging for a visit. It was an old fashioned store that sold just about everything. ... read more
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a lot of the signs here are metal cut outs


blog 04-01-19 April Fool's Day I woke up to a red glow on the eastern horizon and frost on my car. The storm blew through during the night leaving the air clear, crisp and cold. But once the sun came out it warmed up quickly. The day started slowly and never did really pick up much steam. After breakfast I headed to T or C (Truth or Consequences) for an exciting shopping trip to Walmart, a camper's heaven. As I pulled up to the parking lot I noticed that the entire lot had covered parking, how strange was that. The covers as it turned out, were solar panels to power the store, which they did completely. The state has a plan to become completely independent of fossil fuels in the next few years so they are ... read more
there is a deer in the middle of the picture down the canyon
Lynne at the dam
the full view


blog 03-31-19 Exploring Elephant Butte It was a slow start to the day and after a big breakfast and a walk around the campground, Watson and I took a ride north by way of a sand road. I was extra careful to stay on the well traveled part with stones in it. if you got in the soft sand we'd be calling a tow truck. We saw campers parked right next to the water in their own little piece of heaven. The park lets you dry camp or boon dock anywhere you want to go so some of the spots are very imaginative, thanks to 4 wheel drive monster trucks. Every once in a while there is a port a potty so you have most of the comforts of home. I've included some pictures of the ... read more
my campsite with a water view
delicate little flowers growing in the sand
beach campsite, elephant butte in the background


blog 03-30-19 Cabolla Lake to Elephant Butte Lake Yes, I like camping on or near the water. There are a series of dams on the Rio Grande and 2 of them formed lakes that have become state parks. Elephant Butte is just 25 miles north of Cabolla Lake and a very easy drive. I arrived about 2:30 found my campsite and proceeded to be crazy about leveling. Usually it's the front to back that needs to be leveled but this site was off left to right. That meant that I had to use the boards for the rear duels and it's a little tricky mixing the boards and the blocks. But after several adjustments, in and out of the cab, on and off different number of blocks, I got it. This time I was the entertainment. ... read more
Cabollo Lake
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elephant butte lake view from my campsite




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