Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

On July 26, 2020 we spotted an abandoned boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. 

If my memory serves me right, there had been a recent storm, so we assumed it got loose and ended up here.  If only I could reach the boat – what a great shot it would be with one of my creepy dolls.  

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

We visited at least one more time in 2020 and to our surprise, the boat was still there.  But still not within reach.  


Fast forward to April 3, 2021.  It is early spring and the water has receded like we’ve never seen before and the boat is still there! 

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Tore and I are always ready for adventure.  We pulled out our wellies and approached the abandoned boat.  At last, I would get the perfect shot with one of my creepy dolls.  Yes, I almost always travel with one of four ventriloquist dolls.  Sometimes all four. 

As luck would have it, today was Mortimer’s grand adventure.  He would be the captain of his own ship.  

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Not that the boat is going anywhere.  But it certainly made some great photos.  

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

We took the opportunity to walk along the shore.  (The boat is near the tree in the middle of the photo.)  Normally this area is entirely under water.  Aside from the boat, I hoped to find other interesting items washed up.  

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

I found the usual detritus.  

A very brittle aluminum can.

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

No message in this bottle.

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Another can.

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

And of course a shoe for my ongoing abandoned shoe series.  

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

In terms of nature discoveries, we noticed the remains of trees.  They all look twisted, brittle and dead.  

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

But upon closer inspection, you can see fresh new growth.

Abandoned Boat at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Not everything we found was worse from wear.


Date:  April 4, 2021
Camera:  iPhone, Canon 5D Mark IV
Location:  Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Sherman, Texas
Notes:  I peered inside the boat one last time before we left and I regret it… 

Mortimer is getting bathed in Clorox and his clothes will be laundered.  Despite it all, it was worth it for the photos.  I do think a country mouse is better than a city mouse or city rat.  Or so I tell myself.  

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