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Oct 172018
 

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, I helped the top year-to-date ABA Big Year participant get bird #753,

a Blue-footed Booby.

Oct. 3, 2018 ABA Standing

Oct. 3, 2018 ABA Standing

I picked up Nicole at 4 AM for the 320 mile drive to Big Water, Utah on the north shore of Lake Powell.

We got to the park at 9 AM.

Wahweap 181003

Wahweap 181003

After spending time on the dock looking for options (motor boat, kayak, jet ski)  it was decided to drive close

to the location and hike to the lake.  We drove down Smokey Mountain Road (NP 230) from Big Water

east to the turn off for Crosby Canyon (NP 231).   Tracks toward shore were spotted after following various

roads through canyons and washes.  We followed a circuitous path to the lake that took us through a

place called slick rock and then down Warm Water Creek.

Warm Creek Bay map

Warm Creek Bay map

We were no sooner paralleling the beach when Nicole said “There’s the bird!” The exclamation was

beyond surreal and I didn’t believe it.  It took a second shout and a doubting Thomas look to accept

that the goal was achieved. The time was 11:15 AM

Blue-footed Booby BFBO

Blue-footed Booby BFBO

A celebration before heading back.

Nicole

Nicole

In order to avoid the slick rock depression we encountered on the way to the site I took a trail less traveled.

Less than a mile back from the booby location I got the truck stuck.   (photo by Nicole)

2004 GMC Yukon

2004 GMC Yukon

Doug and Tye got us out.  A couple of really nice guys.

Doug business

Doug business

After an very good Mexican food dinner at Fiesta Americana in Page we hit the road home at 11 PM.

An hour south of Page we came upon  a road washout.  The culvert meant to divert water under the highway had

washed out causing the road to collapse.  (photo by Nicole)

Semi-truck

Semi-truck

Here is a commentary I wrote:

Commentary on Accident

Commentary on Accident

A couple of articles from the Arizona Republic.

Arizona Republic page 1

Arizona Republic page 1

 

Arizona Republic page 2

Arizona Republic page 2

 

Arizona Republic page 3

Arizona Republic page 3

 

Arizona Republic page 4

Arizona Republic page 4

The detour added 184 miles to the journey. We arrived at a friend’s house at 7 in the morning where Nicole

freshened up for a flight to Texas just before 9 AM to chase her next bird. 29 hours from pickup to flight

with less than 2 hours of sleep on the road that took us over 800 miles.

By the way, she did get the Golden-crowned Warbler in Texas and then flew on to Washington.

Lots of luck Nicole!