Morning turtle mission success! this three toed box turtle was crossing a roadway, likely on her way to or from a nesting site.
please use care while driving in the park so that these slow-movers can live to see another day. 🐢💚🐢 if you feel you simply have to move the turtle for its safety, pick it up by its middle shell area, carefully (they can and will bite!), and place them off the road in the direction they were traveling. do not transport them to a nearby body of water, etc. as many are actually land turtles and will drown. otherwise, please leave them be to do their normal, turtle thing. (ba)
Speaking objectively, i found this to be extraordinarily effing bizarre. it was largely driven by the sculptor, who selected the four presidents to be featured. it's less a federal monument and more a massive art installation. i was mesmerized and impressed by how such a feat was accomplished with a mere grid system (1 inch on the model = 1 foot on the mountain) and rudimentary tools. 90% of it was carved using dynamite. also, it's managed by the national park service but my annual nps pass was no good there... | #merica#findyourpark#nationalmonument
Memorial day weekend was great! i loved visiting missouri's newest state park - echo bluff - and hanging out by the fire. i even did some cat walks this weekend!! i can't wait for our next camping trip 😻😻😻
We visited bandalier national monument, which includes one of my favorite sections of any national park: tsankawi (saikewikwaje onwikege), meaning "village between two canyons at the clump of sharp, round cacti." it wasn't the same exploring this incredible mesa without @m_xland and @missaa427 , but it was lovely to show @sam.r5302 the village of the ancient puebla people, especially since there is a new trail guide! we saw several amazing cavantes (or hannah homes), cacti, pottery sherds, walls of the ancient village, petroglyphs, and watched a storm begin to roll in over the sangre de cristo mountains! #travelswithsam#tsankawi#findyourpark#newmexico#archaeology#volcanicrock#cacti