Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Still here~Calico Basin

Jeff and I have been enjoying our stay in Las Vegas..

Luckily, our friends own an amazing property in Calico Basin, away from the craziness of the city.

I wake up in the morning and find Rock Wrens warming in the sun.

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Gambel’s Quail visit the yard several times a day..

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Four nights ago at 3am I opened my window and propped my pillow on the sill and looked for shooting stars..I saw 68 that night…

A record for me..

WINDOWThe views here are awesome..

The Red rock glows when the sun hits it.

calico_029I can walk out the door and down the street to say hello to the neighbors horses..

calico_027Just a few minutes walk is

Red Spring

Three springs with permanent water emerge from the base of the red and white sandstone cliffs: Red Spring, Calico Spring, and Ash Spring. Water also emerges from several seeps in the area, and water runs in washes to the north and south of the springs area during winter. The springs support trees, thickets, and an open meadow. Compared to the surrounding desert, Calico Basin is sheltered and moist, and it is easy to understand why Native Americans, birds, and wildlife spend time here.

calico_034White Crowned sparrows and other birds hang out near the spring..

calico_037Mockingbird

calico_082The area is fenced and has a boardwalk to protect the meadow

from people and wild burros..

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Red Spring flows from a shallow tunnel in the rocks on the far side of the boardwalk, and several other seeps in the area support large velvet ash trees, thickets of shrub live oak and honey mesquite, plus a meadow of saltgrass and sedges. It also supports a diverse collection of wildlife including birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and invertebrates. All of this is surrounded by Mojave desert scrub vegetation, including creosote bush, white bursage, Mojave yucca, and joshua trees.

 

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The meadow..calico_070

calico_049various shrubs and flowers..

calico_051Interesting rock formations..

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Views looking north..

calico_060Petroglyphs..

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Its a great area ..

A sharp contrast to the desert outside of the spring…

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Red Spring comes in from the rocky area to the right..

calico_071giving birth to this lush meadow..

calico_073and trees..

calico_075I take the boardwalk back down..

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I then take the short walk back to where Homey is parked..

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We go on some super hikes here..

We just walk out the door and hike up to the Red Rock and then explore the various trails.

Like the

Oh..Shit..Damn..F#$% Hike

Yeah, lots of bouldering and some interesting places to get down from..

This one took teamwork.

Oh Shit, Damn, F Hike

I found this heart on the same hike.

Red heart

See the heart in white?

found on our friends property..

Sediment on stone.

calico_113Yep…

Its a great place to be!

Homey Calico

We fly out of Vegas tomorrow and fly into the Freeze Zone of MA and CT for the Holidays..

Cant wait to see the family!

But..I am not looking forward to the cold

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