It's been a dry dry winter here. Very little snow down here on the plains, but a fairly frigid snap for a month or so around the holidays. Glad it's warmed back up, but we sure need moisture.
Couple weeks back, right after New Years, I had the urge to go camping and try out my new aluminum dutch ovens. Got a nice big one for Christmas and bought another little one to go along with it. Went down to Pueblo where it's always a couple degrees warmer and camped out and made bread and beef stew. About the time my bread was ready the ranger came along to check my permit. Said I was pretty hardy as I was the only camper in the park that afternoon. I told him I was anxious to try out my new dutch ovens. I invited him over to take a look as I took the bread off the heat. He was impressed and I shared with him a piece of hot buttered bread. He thought that was amazing. I was impressed myself. Very yummy as was the beef stew. Dam, that Bill can cook!
Anyway, the next morning the resident curved-bill thrashers and canyon towhees showed up. Got a nice picture of one of the thrashers all puffed up against the cold morning. It was cold that morning. 17, I think it was.