Desert camping relaunched
We stayed home for the holidays in December as we followed the activity progression schedule prescribed for Tasha by the Veterinary Specialty Hospital* following her hemilaminectomy due to a ruptured disc last November. She has made an excellent recovery and has resumed her normal routine and activities so we relaunched our monthly camping trips and returned to Borrego Palm Canyon where we had made our maiden cruise seven years ago this month.
Tasha quickly learned to use the gangplank (Mr. Herzher’s Smart Ramp) that we recently purchased for our corgis to embark and disembark our Airstream Safari without injuring their backs.
As I unhitched and set up the campsite, I heard a drone hovering high above me, which turned out to be a DJI Phantom Quadcopter with a GoPro camera* controlled by Airstreamer, photographer Rich C, who we first met here seven years ago. (See his driving and aerial video tour of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park* that includes a brief clip of me setting up camp!). According to Rich, he “is currently on the road contracting and consulting in his ‘other career’… network and data base design.”
The DJI Phantom Quadcopter elevates scenic photography to a new high!*
Last Friday our governor declared a California statewide drought emergency. Our severe drought has limited the growth of plants, flowers, and seeds that sustain birds. We were amazed, mesmerized and entertained by the numbers of birds (especially house finches and White-crowned Sparrows) that fought over the seeds from our Soda Bottle Bird Feeder by Channel Craft. White-winged Doves and Gambel’s Quail also visited and added to the chorus of bird sounds.
Rich and Jodi joined us for dinner on Monday. On Wednesday, I joined them for a hike up Palm Canyon.
Rich has a good eye for getting that perfect picture. He is seen here setting up his camera on a tripod placed in a creek for a time exposure image of a waterfall. (See Rich’s images in his post, “Palm Canyon, Anza Borrego“.)
Indeed, Happy days are here again!*
*This is a link to a YouTube video.