Two Loves Accomplished in a Day!

I love wine and birds … along with friends and family … and many other things, but for this day I was focusing on birds and wine. 

I was visiting Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico to see geese, sandhill cranes and whatever other birds were there. Since I needed a place to camp for the night I checked in at a Harvest Host location: Black’s Smuggler Winery about an hour north of the wildlife refuge. 

Bird watching followed by a wine tasting and meeting local people at the winery — great ways to spend a day … I loved it! Tony and Mary Ann Black grow and produce their wines. I appreciated their hospitality. People loved their cranberry wine. I liked the Painted Lady.

After a good night’s sleep, I was back to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. However, be aware there are many other places to see wildlife between the winery and Bosque. New Mexico is doing a great job attracting birds along Interstate 25! Have time to visit? Check out the various places and certainly do not miss Bosque del Apache NWR!