Binge watching can be a guilty pleasure. For some, it’s TV or movies. For others, it’s sports. Let me tell you about ours.
We took off on a road trip headed due north, from Calipatria, California (close to the Mexican border) to Portland, Oregon: 1,100 scenic miles in 14 days of driving.
If you do the math, you’re wondering why we only drove an average of 70 miles a day – about 1.25 hours driving time. What sense does that make? We do like to take our time to see sights, but our binge watching also explains a lot.
We studied the map of our route and discovered that we were driving along the Pacific Flyway, a route that huge numbers of migrating birds take in the Spring and Fall. The Flyway extends all the way from Patagonia up to Alaska. Along our driving route were some important National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) where large numbers of birds would be stopping at just this time of year. If we took some time at recommended spots, we’d get to do some quality binge bird watching.
We started at Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR. That was our warmup.
Our binge bird watching lasted several days, and, during that time, we saw a great number of wonderful birds. We suppose like those who binge watch TV or sports, at the end of the trip we were satisfied, happy, and tired all at the same time.