We just got back from a birding trip to the Las Vegas area. We’re both vaccinated, and we wore masks indoors. We spent very little time indoors except our hotel room. In LV, housekeeping did not enter our room for those three days. For dinner we got takeout, and ate in our room. We did not even get close to the Strip. We were in a grocery store looking for insect repellant, and one of the employees asked if we were planning to gamble. I explained that we can gamble at our grocery stores, too.

It was pretty hot, with highs in the upper 80s and mid 90s. We weren’t used to this as we hadn’t yet had any hot temperatures at home. In fact, we had had a few flakes just days before we left.

I knew it would be hot so I packed accordingly. I packed skorts, shorts, tees, and sleeveless tops. Last year I bought a few skorts for bike riding, including a wrap version from Patagonia. I also bought new sunscreen (Neutrogena spf 100). It wasn’t zinc as I prefer, but it was what I found at the last minute. I also packed a few warm items, for our last night, in an old mining town located at 6000 feet. We go through there to get to LV, and it’s always cold and windy. In our area, elevation is everything.

The first day in LV was ferociously windy. It was still quite warm, so the wind felt good. I wore the Patagonia wrap skort. It turned out to be a real nuisance in the wind. I had my camera and binoculars, and trying to use them while holding down the wrap, was impossible. I started tucking the wrap hem under. It’s a nice skort, but not in the wind. I also took a Lands End skort with faux tie dye. No wrap, no issues. I wore it the next day, which was still windy, but not like the day before. Aside from the wrap, these skorts didn’t have adequate pockets. I had a small knapsack to hold various items such as my phone. I didn’t want to fry it in the car. Wearing a knapsack is very warm. At one point, my husband carried my phone for me. I need to figure out pockets and the tangle of straps,too. BTW, the sunscreen was great - no sunburn! And we were outdoors for probably ten hours each day.

1. Patagonia Fleetwith skort
2. Lands End skort outfit, with Salomons and Tilley hat.
3. Wilson’s warbler
4. Hummingbird - not sure what kind. ETA: black chinned per Joy.
5. Summer tanager
6. Roadrunner
7. Yellow headed blackbird
8. Great horned owl

We saw lots more, but focusing on tiny birds is HARD!

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