Just over a year ago my friend Kathryn and I set off on an epic journey across the United States with two cats and a dog. Kathryn had volunteered to help me drive my car and my pets from Andover, MA to our new home in Tucson, AZ. At the time I was reluctant to go. My mom had just come through breast cancer surgery and chemo and radiation. I had grown to like being near my family on the east coast and did not want to leave them, but my husband had a job transfer once again and so, for the ba-jillionth time in our 36 years of marriage, I was following him once again. I guess it was foretold when I chose John Denver’s song, “Follow me where I go” as the song we marched down the aisle to after we were married!
Her hair had just started to grow back.
August 17, 2012: Kathryn and I went swimming and birding at Misquamicuit Beach in Rhode Island before we left! Who knows when I will ever see this horizon again. And, No! There are no bathing suit pictures!
August 22, 2012: After a long day of driving we stopped at Fort Frederick in Maryland to rest and count birds! This was my first bird count ever in this state! We saw 21 species here, including Pileated Woodpeckers! We added 1 more species, a Common Nighthawk, at Rocky Gap State park where we stopped to view the scenery at dusk.
Up and down, up and down, around a curve, then up and down…
This is just one of the many rest areas we stopped at and counted birds as well as “resting.” We saw our first Broad-tailed Hummingbird of the trip here!
I quickly got a thistle seed sock and hung it on this wild tobacco tree in the backyard. I have more sophisticated bird feeders now and this “tree” died this summer and fell down during a monsoon storm just last week!
Since Moving here a year ago I have counted 59 species of birds from this yard! My newest addition was an osprey I saw flyover on August 30th in the morning!
5 days, 12 states, and 2673 miles, and 1 year later
I couldn’t have done it without you!
- From Andover to Tucson (read all posts by clicking on this link)