Friday, July 13, 2018

Sights to See: World’s Tallest Thermometer, Baker, California


World’s Tallest Thermometer  72157 Baker Blvd., I-15 exit 246, (760) 733-4747.  Free.  Most people driving I-15 are, like I was, either on the way to or from Las Vegas.  In my case it was to attend a flash mob wedding there officiated by Elvis.



The town of Baker makes a great rest stop.  It is home to The World’s Tallest Thermometer, which stands 134 feet tall and weighs 76,812 pounds.  That calculates to one foot in height for every degree in fahrenheit that was recorded on July 10, 1913 in nearby Death Valley.  That day is officially the World’s Hottest Day.  The highest temperature this thermometer has ever recorded was 127 degrees in August 1995, which was 4 years after it was built here.  The Mojave Desert town of Baker is usually baking hot, but on the mid-winter day I drove by the thermometer was only lit up to 50 degrees.  The thermometer is easy to see from your car when passing by, but you’ll see it even better and be able to savor the experience if you take the loop off of Highway I-15 into town. 

World’s Tallest Thermometer in Baker, California
World’s Tallest Thermometer in Baker, California


Stop in the parking lot of the Del Taco as I did for photos.  As might be expected, a gift shop is located at the thermometer’s base which is also a great spot for a straight-up photo.  While you’re here, note that Del Taco is a popular spot for a fast food break, and the Alien Fresh Jerky shop just across the street purveys its famous beef jerky.

exterior of Del Taco in Baker, California
exterior of Del Taco in Baker, California


exterior of Alien Fresh Jerkey in Baker, California
exterior of Alien Fresh Jerkey in Baker, California


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sights to See: La Tovara Nature Reserve; San Blas, Mexico


La Tovara Nature Reserve

birdwatching boat ride at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
birdwatching boat ride at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico

An important resting areas for migratory birds, all of San Blas is a spectacular natural bird sanctuary.  It is considered the best place in Mexico for bird watching.  But to enjoy some guaranteed bird sightings, it is a good idea to visit this reserve.  Visitors ride through the La Tovara and Camalota lagoons in small motor boats.  Guides are excellent and helpful in pointing out the native birds, as well as the occasional crocodile, swamp turtle, and other creatures.  Our guide led our eyes through the camouflage to find such wonders as a Boat-Billed Heron hidden in a tree and a teenage crocodile sprawled atop a look-alike log.

birdwatching boat ride at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
birdwatching boat ride at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico





Boat Billed Heron spotted at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
Boat Billed Heron spotted at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


bird at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
bird at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


Ringed Kingfisher spotted at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
Ringed Kingfisher spotted at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


"Cabeza de Baca" movie set at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
"Cabeza de Baca" movie set at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


bird spotted at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
bird spotted at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


yellow bird spotted at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
yellow bird spotted at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


bird spotted at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
bird spotted at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


Cormorant at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
Cormorant at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


roosting birds at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
roosting birds at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


At one end of the estuary, a freshwater spring changes the terrain and introduces new kinds of flora and fauna.

row of tall palms at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
row of tall palms at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


freshwater swimming springs at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
freshwater swimming springs at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


After the boat tour, we visited the Kiekari Crocodile Farm rescue center, which holds many crocodiles that are being bred to replenish the area’s population.  The effort appears to be working, because several pairs were busy mating during our visit.  Rare leopards are also here, but unfortunately are unable to be released.

big crocodile at the Kiekari Crocodile Farm rescue center at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
big crocodile at the Kiekari Crocodile Farm rescue center at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico


leopard at the Kiekari Crocodile Farm rescue center at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico
leopard at the Kiekari Crocodile Farm rescue center at La Tovara Nature Reserve in San Blas, Mexico



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