Roadkill Specialist

If you drive much in Far West Texas, you will encounter lots of Turkey Vultures. They keep the roads cleaned up from whatever animal met up with a vehicle the night before. I got up close to one this morning.

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Turkey Vultures have a keen sense of smell. The only sound they make is grunting and hissing. And…a face only a Mother could love.

Nice night in Marathon

Had a few nice days-no rain (not that I’m complaining!!) I needed to drive around town before sunset tonight to find some photo subjects.

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Happened to see this night hawk waiting for it to get a little more dark.
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Layers of color. Everything is so green after the rain we had last week.
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If you look at the arrow you can see 2 deer on the side of this mountain.-Next photo is zoomed in.
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Can’t escape the zoom lens.
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Wow, what a beautiful sunset tonight!!

 

Rainbow over Marathon

The rainy season is here. Just had a storm pass over us and now it’s sunny and warm. Some small hail and rain but that was it. Had some great clouds form as it was coming our way.

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Looking north and west.
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Some sun mixed in with the rain
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This is a shot of some of the clouds right over us as it approached.
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It’s almost on top of us now.

Lasted only maybe 10 minutes and it was gone

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Looking back towards town-a nice rainbow!

 

Weather…again

We have had 2 straight nights with rain and hail. Last night we had winds and hail marble sized and smaller. The sound it made hitting our roof was like we were at a golf driving range and golf balls were flying off our motorhome. We had no damage but our neighbor had a roof vent that was damaged. I went over and did a temporary fix on it for her today since we had more rain expected tonight. Lots of hail damage on the south side of Marathon.

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Storm approaching from the west.

Looks like right now the rain will stay south of us. But more expected tonight but nothing severe.

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No rain so far but the sky is a deep blue with some interesting clouds. This is looking east toward Sanderson.
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Still raining South and west of our location.

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Looking North, wow what a sky!!

Rain and Thunderstorms

We just had a good rain and thunderstorms roll through Marathon this evening. Lots of  lightning with some small hail. Went from about 84 degrees to 68 now.

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This was taken looking south. You can see the rain coming in on the right side of picture.
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Need to brush up on my lightning skills but managed to take a few that weren’t bad.

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Almost missed this one.
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I like this one.

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Some of these were taken through a window. I like lightning, but I respect it also!!
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We had a good rain. Settled the dust for a day or so. Maybe more tonight.

Sundown in Marathon

It’s been a windy, but cool day today with a threat of rain for the next 3 days. Lots of clouds so I thought the sunset might be good tonight. Decided to walk around and see what I could find.

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Pretty easy to find a train, these guys stay busy all day and night.
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Just like that it was gone…very short one. It will probably be back soon.
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Ahh-yes….there it comes.
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Roadside wildflowers

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Even the birds were enjoying the show
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Wow…anybody that was inside watching TV should be ashamed.
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Roadside Thistle
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I enjoyed the show and hope you did too!

Daughter, Quest for the Cup, & Back Home

We traveled North to the DFW area last week. My daughter had a surgery scheduled and we went to help her out for the week. Left on Sunday and drove to Abilene to spend the night. Boondocked in Walmart parking lot and arrived in Lewisville Lake park Monday for our week stay. Did not stay at the park much but did see a nice bird while there.

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Baltimore Oriole

CAST

 

 

We spent most of the week at the hospital and her house helping with food, errands, Dr. appts, and medicine. She will have a cast on her foot for 8 weeks. Surgery went great, no big problems and she was doing good.

 

 

We headed back to the Big Bend on Sunday morning. One of the most interesting things we did while on the road was trying to find the elusive Walmart stainless steel tumblers that are wildly popular and almost impossible to find in any store.

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These are “Yeti like” knockoffs that are better and MUCH cheaper. Yeti-$30.00+ Walmart-$7.74

Since we were traveling 500+ miles and pass by many Walmarts, the hunt was on!!

First stop was Big Spring, Texas where we spent the night. We asked the sporting goods clerk and he said they had a shelf full 2 days ago but none left now, however he had saved one for a fellow employee that hadn’t picked it up that he would sell to me. I finally had one!! But I wanted more… He said they had a truck in and might be unloading some later that night. Since we were in the parking lot all night it was no problem to check later around 9pm. We did-still no more cups. We checked once more the next morning and yes, you guessed it…none! So off we went.

Next stop Midland, Texas. Nope, none in stock. Clerk said one guy bought 25-30 cups and they couldn’t keep enough in stock for the demand. Usually lasted only 1-2 days. Had him check Odessa and he said they showed to have 40 in stock, however he said he would be surprised if they had any either.

Next stop Odessa. Well you can guess what happened….none in stock. There was only one more Walmart on our way back to Marathon and that was Ft. Stockton. He checked stock showed none there also. We were going there anyway so we will stop and check anyway. I was just happy I had one.

Next stop Fort Stockton.

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JACKPOT!!!!

After this picture was taken there were 8 less on the shelf. I must say they are very well made and for $7.74 a heck of a deal. Our last Walmart, wasn’t supposed to have any, and they were loaded. Great way to end our long drive back to the Big Bend. All that for a crazy cup!! We had fun.

After we returned I left one out with ice and water in it overnight for about 10 hours and it still had ice in it the next morning. So we did good to snag some.

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Leaving Ft. Stockton with a Dairy Queen shake. One more     hour and we are home.                                                                    (My first ice cream in about 6 months) Man was it good!!

The winds were really blowing but we dodged most of the rain, just had a few areas where we had to run the wipers on high.