The South West trip
I expect the desert to be dry, but it was more so than usual. A bit unsettling. Most of this trip was about visiting wildlife refuges. Some of the lakes that sustain the bird migrations were reduced to mere puddles or dried up altogether.
The first day we headed in search of a campsite at Upper Klamath Lake. At least there was water, but even here the water levels are lower.
Boondocking or dispersed camping (a concept I first heard about from Nina at Wheeling It ) is basically camping for free on public lands wherever there has been a previous campsite. We launched out on a dirt road following the bank of the Upper Klamath Lake until there was a wide spot in the road that had been camped at before. We never encountered another soul and had the most incredible view from the van. Priceless!
Just some of the birds we found during a walk along the edge of the lake. (click for a closer view)
Other sorts of wildlife found on the same walk.
This looked like a race, but I don’t think the one with feathers had a ghost of a chance.
The lovely view at the end of our first day…..
The bridge will only take you halfway there, to those mysterious lands you long to see. Through gypsy camps and swirling Arab fair, and moonlit woods where unicorns run free. So come and walk awhile with me and share the twisting trails and wondrous worlds I’ve known. But this bridge will only take you halfway there. The last few steps you have to take alone.
― Shel Silverstein