Monday, April 30, 2012

MindyMania 2012: The Wild Aftermath

Okay, this is supposed to be a Mathematical Monday, but hey—I worked the word "math" into the title.

As I mentioned on Friday, Mindy McGinnis (critique partner extraordinaire) came to visit for the weekend. The three presentations at my school Friday were awesome. More on that Wednesday. Today, I'll talk about wildlife.

After school, we saw a camel. Well, sort of. We went to Camel Rock.


See? Totally looks like a camel, right?

On Saturday, we went out to Petroglyphs National Monument. I'll share some pictures of the actual petroglyphs on Friday, but I said this was about wildlife. Here's a bug we saw as we were hiking.


Can anyone tell me what kind of bug it is? It was a quick little thing, so I'm pretty impressed with the picture I managed.

Later on, during the hike back, we saw this lizard. Not at all uncommon for me—I see them all the time outside my apartment complex—but not an everyday thing for Mindy. Unlike the mystery bug, this guy was happy to stand and pose for us as long as we didn't step any closer. Hooray for camera zoom!


After Petroglyphs, we went to a very particular Twisters restaurant. That's a burger/burrito chain around here. No big deal, except this specific location was featured prominently in a season of the TV series Breaking Bad, which Mindy is a fan of. We weren't expecting more wildlife, but in the lot next door, we saw an emu.

Yes, an emu.


Seriously.

Sunday didn't involve any wildlife, except for the angry passengers from Mindy's cancelled flight. Don't worry. She (hopefully) made it safely away this morning and will either be on her way home or there by the time you read this.

More to come the rest of this week.

3 comments:

Mindy McGinnis said...

Woo hoo! Ostrich sighting! Big bugs! Reptiles! The color brown!!

On the other hand. I got back to Ohio to 80 degrees and ugh... humidity. My hair expanded as I deboarded.

T.L. Bodine said...

:D A fellow New Mexican, I see! I hail from Las Cruces, although I'm currently transplanted into Austin, Tx...we'll see how long that lasts. Seeing a little glimpse of "home" made me smile, though.

R.C. Lewis said...

T.L., welcome! Some of my students are from Las Cruces—we pull from all over the state. :-D