That’s right. We will leave Roswell on Saturday the 9th of December and slowly make our way to Yuma. Why Yuma? Well for one it is much warmer, Colleen needs to keep following the sun and heat. We actually had to purchase a heated water hose while in Roswell!! A great destination for snowbirds, Yuma offers many things to do and see.
FUN FACTS : The area’s first settlers for thousands of years were Native American cultures and historic tribes. Their descendants now occupy the Cocopah and Quechan reservations.
In 1540, Spanish colonial expeditions under Hernando de Alarcon and Melchior Diaz visited the area and immediately recognized the natural crossing of the Colorado River as an ideal spot for a city. The Colorado River narrows to slightly under 1,000 feet wide in one area. Military expeditions that crossed the Colorado River at the Yuma Crossing include Juan Bautista de Anza (1774), the Mormon Battalion (1848) and the California Column (1862).
During and after the California Gold Rush to the late 1870s, the Yuma Crossing was known for its ferry crossings for the Southern Emigrant Trail. This was considered the gateway to California, as it was one of the few natural spots where travelers could cross the otherwise very wide Colorado River.
We will be only 8 miles from Mexico and 12 miles from California, should be loads of fun….Kevin
Although I won’t be home at Christmas this year I am trying to put myself in the mood. With that in mind I have ‘Christmasified’ my blog. Ho Ho Ho, lets get into the spirit.
Although there were no tours available from their visitor center and really no directions on how to get t
here we found it! On our way through ‘Truth Or Consequences‘ we used our google map and an obscure road not mentioned in most printed maps. We started down this road not knowing where it would lead. It started by going up and down a mountain with very steep edges and NO guardrails!! (You should have seen Colleen, scared S***tless !!) Then it leveled out to just flat desert road for miles and miles. About 30 minutes down the road we started noticing something, looked like two poles sticking straight up. Soon, there it was, in the middle of absolute nowhere was a billion dollar facility, ‘Spaceport America‘
We stopped at the gates (I’m sure by this point we were under surveillance) got out and took a few pictures then left. Even though the ride out was a very rough dirt road it was worth it !!
The water for Bitter Lake was formed by artesian springs that feed the lower land marshes of this area.
Located 9 miles north east of Roswell, New Mexico Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge sits where the Chihuahuan Desert and the Southern Plains meet. Because of the odd sinkholes, playa lakes, seeps and gypsum springs that are fed by underground rivers, this area is the home for cohabiting wildlife that exist nowhere else.
Some of the wildlife here include Sandhill Cranes, Ross’s Geese, Bobcat,fish, and so much more including one of the largest populations of Butterflies and Dragonflies! The wildlife service says that they have recorded – more than 360 species of birds, 55 species of mammals, 50 species of reptiles and amphibians and 28 species of fish. Crazy numbers!
As an attraction this place is awesome. You can stay in your car and take a self guided auto tour around the park (which we did as we were told that the area is home to a huge population of rattle snakes and we all know Colleen is spooked by that!) or you can take one of many walking trails around the park. Our ride through took over an hour and 7 miles of driving, mainly because I kept stopping to snap some pictures.
In all, a great stop which I would recommend to anyone and we learned some stuff at the same time…. Kevin